Olympic Games exhibit
When: Now through Aug. 20
Where: Gwinett Environmental and Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford
Cost: $13 adults, $10 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 55 and older and free children 2 and younger
More info: gwinnettehc.org
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1996 Olympic Games, the Environmental and Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit highlighting the Atlanta area’s elevation to international status as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
The exhibit is a retrospective composed of items from private collections that seek to engage residents’ memories and reflections on the historic nature of the events surrounding the 1996 Olympics.
The exhibit features a number of unique items with a personal connection to the Games, including pieces of track and seats from the Olympic Stadium, a Swedish Rowing Team jacket with an unusual trading story, a Paralympic torch and an Olympic Band uniform.
“Twenty years ago, the world called on the Atlanta area and forever changed the cultural and physical landscape of the region,” EHC Programming Director Jason West said. “This exhibit explores how the Olympic and Paralympic Games impacted the region and the role that Gwinnett and its citizens played in this historic experience.”
The exhibit also includes a touch table with various examples of Olympic sports equipment allowing guests an opportunity to immerse themselves in the athletic competitions.
The Olympics exhibit will be on display until Aug. 20 and will run concurrently with Atlanta’s public celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Games as well as with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month.
The exhibit is included in EHC admission and is free for EHC members.
For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.