Barbecue is a delicious food beloved by Americans, but there is much more to it than that. Its story is deliciously complicated, contested, and alluring. It’s a story that tells us a lot about us. To tell this story, Barbecue Nation has opened at the Atlanta History Center.
Barbecue Nation 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.
The exhibition also 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.
Barbecue Nation will continue through September 29, 2019. Don’t miss it!
At Sandtown Vista Apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, it is clear that we have it all, but we still feel obliged to inform you of all the events our community has scheduled. Please feel free to join in all of the fun during this premier event!
Saturday, July 20, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Atlanta History Museum
130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30305