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Scenes from Georgia Then and Now

2012 September 4

The Documerica Returns  traveling exhibit is now live in Atlanta!

September Exhibit Schedule:

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street, SW Atlanta, Georgia.
TODAY – Friday, September 7.

West Georgia Regional Library, 710 Rome Street, Carrollton, Georgia.
Saturday, September 8.

Girl Scouts Healthy Living Event, Buford, Georgia.
CLOSED Event Sunday, September 9.

Richard B. Russell Federal Building, 75 Spring Street SW Atlanta, Georgia.
PENDING September 10-11.

Greening Your Campus Symposium, North Carolina Ag and Tech State University in Greensboro, NC.
September 12-14.

Centerfest, Durham, North Carolina.
September 15-16.

Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, North Carolina.
September 17-19.

Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia.
September 21-22.  

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia.
September 24-25.

Atlanta Fulton County Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, Georgia.
September 26-27.

This week, we’re highlighting scenes from Georgia nearly forty years ago. Live nearby? Send in your best shots for a chance to be in a larger exhibit at the U.S. National Archives in Washington D.C. from March – September of 2013. Be sure to let us know which Documerica scene inspired you.

Through the end of 2013, you can submit your best shots of original Documerica scenes from any of these location challenges to State of the Environment on Flickr.

GEORGIA Challenge

Rural scene showing the Naccochee Valley two miles southwest of Helen, Georgia, which is near Robertstown. The Chattahoochee River is visible at the bottom and top right in the photo. The red roofed building on the riverbank at bottom center is the old Nacoochee station, now a flower and crafts shop. The building across the road is an antique shop. The Nacoochee Indian mound is seen in the distant field beyond the junction of state highways 17 and 75, 05/1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.

Rural scene showing the Naccochee Valley two miles southwest of Helen, Georgia, which is near Robertstown. The Chattahoochee River is visible at the bottom and top right in the photo. The red roofed building on the riverbank at bottom center is the old Nacoochee station, now a flower and crafts shop. The building across the road is an antique shop. The Nacoochee Indian mound is seen in the distant field beyond the junction of state highways 17 and 75, 05/1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Voters have authorized a one percent sales tax for improving the transit system. In 1974 it brought in $53 million. A $1.79 billion 53-mile rapid rail transit system was scheduled to begin construction in May, 1975, but was held up by legal battles. In 1974 MARTA carried 73,727,000 passengers, an increase of 27 percent from 1970 to 1974, 06/1974 Documerica by Jim Pickerell.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) buses in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Voters have authorized a one percent sales tax for improving the transit system. In 1974 it brought in $53 million. A $1.79 billion 53-mile rapid rail transit system was scheduled to begin construction in May, 1975, but was held up by legal battles. In 1974 MARTA carried 73,727,000 passengers, an increase of 27 percent from 1970 to 1974, 06/1974 Documerica by Jim Pickerell.

Hot air balloons being inflated with propane burners outside of Helen, Georgia, near Robertstown for the second annual Helen to Atlantic ocean balloon race. The competition began outside of town in an area being developed by a corporation as a second alpine village. Helen was a typical small mountain community until 1969 when town officials, businessmen and residents endorsed renovation of the business district with a Bavarian alpine motif, 05/1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.

Hot air balloons being inflated with propane burners outside of Helen, Georgia, near Robertstown for the second annual Helen to Atlantic ocean balloon race. The competition began outside of town in an area being developed by a corporation as a second alpine village. Helen was a typical small mountain community until 1969 when town officials, businessmen and residents endorsed renovation of the business district with a Bavarian alpine motif, 05/1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.

Al Reinshagen, mathematics teacher at the White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia, farms a one acre plot in nearby Helen because ‘I love farming’. The land edges Georgia Highway 17 / 75 on the western edge of the city limits of the small mountain community of some 270 residents. The plot belongs to Comer VanDiver of Helen who lets Reinshagen use the land free rather than let it go unused. Helen is near Robertstown. The new building in the background will be a riding stable. July, 1975.

Al Reinshagen, mathematics teacher at the White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia, farms a one acre plot in nearby Helen because

Telling the story of change around the country is up to you. Share any photos you are taking of the landscapes, the people, and the way of life for State of the Environment.

Browse additional challenges on this blog, or search the full Documerica collection to locate and match images closest to you. All ‘Then and Now’ entries will be considered for the larger Washington D.C. exhibit planned for March 8 – September 8, 2013.

When you follow that link above, you’ll come to a search page like this. Simply type in your town or state to see images of the past. Enjoy, have fun, and we can’t wait to see your contributions to this historic project!

Next up: The exhibit sets it sights on EPA Region 4 in Atlanta for the month of September, before heading to spend October based out of the Windy City with EPA Region 5!

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One Response
  1. Arman.- permalink
    September 4, 2012

    Documerication : G to G.-

    It’s a great dedications from the the project for Pick 5 and the State of the Environment, two projects geared towards learning, sharing & gaining a greater collective connection to our environment. We hope this project becomes permanently beyond Government to Government as contribution EPA’s to the people of the world. Saludos…………….!

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