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Harrison Feature Gallery

Harrison Feature Gallery

The Harrison Feature Gallery is home to rotating exhibits that focus on specific themes or historical moments from the Russell Library's key collecting areas. The gallery rotates every six to twelve months, and the exhibition on display ties into ongoing programs and events.

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Current Exhibits

Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch
September 26, 2014-May 15, 2015

The National School Lunch Program affects millions of children each day and has a connection to nearly every American family. What began as a way to strengthen the nation through better nutrition for school children in 1946 soon became a complicated program administered by local, state, and federal partners with competing interests. The story behind this initiative is one of twists and turns, as the program has evolved to meet the changing needs of children, politicians, and corporate interests.

Food, Power, and Politics: The Story of School Lunch examines the complicated past of the National School Lunch Program, with a focus on people and events in Georgia. The exhibit features historic images depicting schools and children in Georgia dating back to the 1920s as well as related ephemera, including lunch pails, sample menus, and classroom activity packets. Letters, speeches, and publications document the legislative battle to create and expand the program from the 1940s to the 1990s, complemented by video and oral histories.   

This exhibit was developed by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies in celebration of the Library’s 40th anniversary in 2014. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. authored the original legislation establishing the National School Lunch Program and ensured its passage through both houses of Congress. He often said that the creation of this program was his proudest accomplishment during his long career in the U.S. Senate.


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Future Exhibits

School Lunch: Food, Power, and Politics
September 2014-August 2015
More information coming soon...

The Politics of Tourism in Georgia
September 2015-August 2016
More information coming soon...

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Past Exhibits

Choosing to Participate
May 2, 2014-September 12, 2014

A set of 11 graphically compelling posters developed by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves serves as the core of the exhibit. The graphics present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities.

Sarah Hughes, a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in International Affairs, acted as curator and selected items from the Russell Library's archival holdings to create a complementary case exhibit highlighting topics, events, and people that connect to the larger themes explored in the graphic panel set. The combination of the graphics and primary resources is intended to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation among visitors.

A companion website features a host of resources for teachers, families, and communities: 

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965
January 28, 2014-March 16, 2014

Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow: Living with the Atomic Bomb, 1945-1965, a traveling exhibition curated by Michael Scheibach and ExhibitsUSA, explores the ways that Americans experienced the atomic threat as part of their daily lives.

Americans were flooded with messages about the dangers of atomic weapons and attack from foreign powers through pamphlets, household objects, media, and film. Although the threat of atomic annihilation eventually drifted to the background of American consciousness in the late 1960s, the Atomic Age left a legacy of governmental response and civic infrastructure that remains relevant today. The exhibition first presents a timeline and overview of the story, explaining the three main chronological phases of America’s Atomic Age.

Now and Then: 1973
May 1, 2013-January 17, 2013

There are some moments in history that become powerful touchstones, revisited to reflect and inform a better understanding of the present day. This spring the Russell Library will embark on Now and Then, a new exhibit series that will revisit pivotal years in modern American history. We being with a trip to 1973.

1973 was the year of the Roe v. Wade decision and the return of POWs from the Vietnam War. It was the year President Nixon proclaimed he was not a crook, even as the Watergate scandal unfolded on national television. It was the year of the Yom Kippur War, and the Arab Oil Embargo; the year of Skylab, the Endangered Species Act, and Hank Aaron’s quest to beat the Babe’s homerun record.

Forty years later, take a look back at this pivotal year in American history and the lasting legacy of the events that filled the public mind for a moment in time.

On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia?
February 17, 2012-March 31, 2013

On the Stump: What Does it Take to Get Elected in Georgia? considers the evolution of campaigning for political office in the state from the passage of the white primary in 1900 to the presidential election of 2008. The exhibition invites visitors to step into the shoes of a candidate and onto the campaign trail: from the initial decision to run to crafting a strategy, shaking hands, kissing babies, and everything in between.

Consider at once the social, cultural, and political history of a state in motion. Meet the changing cast of characters who have shaped and reshaped the style, strategy, and substance of political life and culture in Georgia. How have politicians and the public that elects them have changed over time?

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