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Barbecue Nation: The History of Barbecue in America 

  • Atlanta History Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30305 United States (map)

Please join us, Monday, October 1st, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm, for a tour of the Atlanta History Center’s Newest Exhibit, Barbecue Nation

The exhibition explores how barbecue has come to claim an enduring place at the American table, and how it connects us to cultures around the world, in addition to traditions, history, and the future.  

The exhibition includes a wide array of artifacts, images, and oral histories from restaurants, festivals, community gatherings, and archives and museums from across the country.

Barbecue Nation includes historic photos and '50s and '60s advertising images (including an ad for the astonishing-in-retrospect Armour's Ribs in a Can), and features cookbooks, postcards, menus, place settings, and other artifacts from iconic barbecue joints. 

Vintage grills demonstrate the evolution of backyard cooking from trench to brick pit to mobile cooker. Among them: a 1948 Char-Broil Wheelbarrow Picnic Cooker, a 1965 Weber kettle, and a Japanese kamado brought home by a U.S. serviceman in the 1970s (Big Green Egg cites “ancient cookers” from China and Japan in this style as a design inspiration). Also on view is President Dwight D. Eisenhower's GE PartioCart, a high-end, dual-fuel cooker trimmed in turquoise that he fired up at his retirement home in Palm Springs, California. A more contemporary eye-catcher is the 13-foot-long “Space Shuttle BBQ Pit” created by Houston-based Gator Pit of Texas.

Ticket also include food provided by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q and (2) two drink tickets to the cash bar.

REGISTER TODAY! Attendance is limited to 100 guests. Please register by September 25th

Earlier Event: September 12
Annual General Meeting - DAMES ONLY
Later Event: November 4