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PERMANENT GALLERIES

Lobby Gallery
History Lives Showcase Gallery
Willson Media and Oral History Gallery
The Office of Senator Richard B. Russell
Reflection Room

Lobby Gallery

Upon entering the Russell Gallery visitors are invited to view a short film in the Russell Theatre. Narrated by Director Sheryl Vogt, the film explores the origins and mission of the library.

In the center of thelobby space The Wall of Faces welcomes visitors to the lobby and offers a glimpse at some of the many people represented in the more than 300 collections that make up the Russell Library. Visitors will notice some familiar faces, but will also notice some lesser known figures in Georgia’s political history—from grassroots organizers and elected officials to ordinary citizens – every Georgian has a place in the state's political history.

Also of interest is an artistic representation in the floor of the icon of politics and campaigning—the stump. The Russell Library values the enduring tradition of the stump. This icon of American representative democracy graces the floor of the lobby space as a reminder of the dynamic relationship between politics, policy and culture – generated wherever public interest intersects with government. Using this framework of perspectives and experiences, the Russell Library encourages visitors to explore the increasingly diverse people, events, and ideas shaping Georgia’s political landscape.

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History Lives Showcase Gallery

The History Lives Showcase gallery features some of the most significant and treasured materials from the Russell Library’s collections, highlighting six key collecting areas: The Politics of Politics, Politics of Social Relations, Politics of the Public Good, Politics of the Environment, Politics of the Economy, and Politics of Peace and War. The content in these cases rotates twice a year, and offers visitors a sample of the kinds of documents and objects found in the collections.

Perhaps the most striking element of the showcase gallery is the mural by artist Art Rosenbaum, entitled “Doors.” The mural represents the story of modern Georgia politics from 1900 to the present and depicts many of the major figures and events that shaped the state during this period.

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Willson Media and Oral History Gallery

Bennett—Willson Media and Oral History Gallery shares the history of modern Georgia politics and policy making through Georgians who give voice to times and places that might otherwise be lost. Through extensive oral history interviews and historical film, video and sound recordings conducted and collected by the Russell Library’s Media and Oral History Program, this gallery gives visitors a multimedia opportunity to meet their history. The gallery also features interactive tools and directions for visitors to plan and customize their own oral history projects. Created to be an active space, the gallery includes an oral history studio where Russell staff conduct and record interviews to add to the collection

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The Office of Senator Richard B. Russell

The Office of Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr., supported by Charles and Ann Campbell, provides a representation of the United States Senator’s Washington office that includes much of his original furniture, photographs, books, and memorabilia. The space conveys both a personal sense of the man who served Georgia for thirty-eight years as well as a clear sense of the wide ranging activities, concerns, and responsibilities of a busy congressional office.

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Reflection Room

Reflection Zone gives visitors a place to share feedback and participate in the Russell Gallery experience by responding to questions related to the exhibits, by asking new questions, and by considering what others have shared about their experiences. Museum staff will also offer informal conversations or lectures in this space during group tours or special events.

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