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The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Historic Landscape and Garden Grant Fundraiser records

Collection number: ahc.MSS1026

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials that document the history of the annual pilgrimages (and later other types of fundraisers such as lectures and tours) of the GCG since 1996. Brochures, flyers, maps, clippings, and correspondence are included in the collection. These items also provide histories of historic garden sites that are on the pilgrimages in Georgia and detail garden club activities relating to the pilgrimages, lectures, or tours. Financial and fundraising documentation are also a part of the collection. Note that pilgrimages or events were not held in 1999 or 2010.


  • 1996-


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

From 1937 to the advent of World War II, The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. (GCG) held annual garden pilgrimages to bring awareness to the state's rich garden heritage. During the Garden Club of Georgia presidency of Peggy White (1989-1991), Atlanta landscape architect James R. Cothran suggested to her that GCG should begin a garden tour similar to Garden Week in Virginia or reminiscent of the former pilgrimages in Georgia from the 1930s. In 1995, GCG established a partnership with the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Mary Ann Eaddy, representative) to cosponsor an annual Historic House and Garden Pilgrimage to raise awareness of historic gardens in Georgia and encourage preservation. The first pilgrimage took place in 1996. After two annual pilgrimages, enough funds were raised to initiate the Georgia Historic Landscape and Garden Grant Program, which funds landscape restoration projects for nonprofit historic gardens in Georgia that are open to the public. Along with the pilgrimages, tours and lectures have also raised money to fund the matching grant program. GCG's Historic House and Garden Pilgrimage (now known as the Historic Landscape and Garden Grant Fundraiser) and Historic Landscape and Garden Grant programs are still active today and help promote and preserve the state's garden heritage.


0.83 linear ft. (two document cases)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, 2005 with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2012, with subsequent additions.

The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. Historic Landscape and Garden Grant Fundraiser records
Staci Catron and Jennie Oldfield
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305