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Sheffield Hale

President & Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta, GA, USA

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Sheffield Hale’s Biography

Sheffield Hale is President & CEO of Atlanta History Center. Founded in 1926, Atlanta History Center is dedicated to connecting people, history and culture to facilitate dialogue and new perspectives. The institution includes a 175,000 sq foot museum and The Battle of Atlanta Cyclorama, the 33-acre Goizueta Gardens, Kenan Research Center and Archive, 4 historic houses, and a range of digital experiences and educational programs.

Born in Atlanta, Sheffield’s dedication to and enthusiasm for the work of the Center is rooted in his strong sense of community and a desire to preserve and explore Atlanta history. That sense of community, along with his legal background and nonprofit Board experience, shapes his approach to leading the Center.

Under Sheffield’s leadership, Atlanta History Center has focused on addressing issues of history and memory that divide our community and country. Two key aspects have been the Center’s nationwide Confederate Monuments Initiative, which focuses on providing historical information and tools for communities deciding whether to contextualize, remove, or otherwise engage with monuments or named places, and the development of Guiding Principles defining how the Center will approach history in a way that cultivates broader, communitywide perspectives.

Sheffield has served on many boards and commissions, namely for historic preservation, cultural, and civic organizations. In recognition for this work, he has been named one of Georgia’s and Atlanta’s 100 most influential people in various media.

Sheffield previously served for ten years as Chief Counsel of the American Cancer Society, Inc. During his tenure, he was a strong advocate and author on the importance of best practices in nonprofit management. Prior to that that he was a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton practicing Corporate, Securities and Banking Law.

Sheffield Hale’s Newsfeed

WXIA | Atlanta
Air Force veteran recounts coordinating aircraft in wake of 9/11

Sheffield Hale offers some words on the new Responding Heroes exhibit at the Atlanta History Center, calling it an event that 'changed the history of this entire country' and 'an extraordinary time for ordinary people who became heroes.' The Center is offering free admission Sunday, Sept. 12 to police, firefighters, first responders and their families. The exhibit will run through Sunday, Oct. 17.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What ‘telling the truth’ about Stone Mountain might look like

In this article covering recent discussions about the Stone Mountain Memorial, an outline of its history and future is told against the backdrop of past and present discussions on race and equality. “If it wasn’t for Brown v. Board of Education, it would never have been finished,” said Sheffield Hale, president & CEO of the Atlanta History Center, noting that efforts to revive the monument's creation were accelerated during the Civil rights era.

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Sheffield Hale’s Background

Atlanta History Center
President & Chief Executive Officer
2012 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Atlanta History Center, originally known as the Atlanta Historical Society, was founded in 1926 with the goal to preserve and study the history of Atlanta.
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The American Cancer Society
Chief Counsel
2002 - 2012
Atlanta, GA, USA
The American Cancer Society is a voluntary organization leading the way to find a cure for cancer. The organization funds and carries out research, shares information (also about prevention) and supports cancer patients.
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Sheffield Hale’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

World War II Foundation
National Advisory Board
South Kingstown, RI, USA
The World War II Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor veterans and to educate the younger generations by producing informational documentaries for instructional purposes.
Partners for Sacred Places
Board of Directors
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Founded in 1989, Partners for Sacred Places is the only national, non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that works to build the capacity of congregations of historic sacred places to better serve their local communities.
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Previous Board Positions

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Emeritus Trustee
Washington, DC, USA
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a leader in the field of historic preservation in the US.
The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia
Vice Chair
2009 - 2011
Athens, GA, USA
The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia, now the University of Georgia Foundation, was established as a private, non-profit corporation to enrich the university’s academic mission. The foundation used gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations to provide scholarships for students, support faculty scholars, strengthen research and teaching programs and build needed facilities.
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Previous Advisory Roles

University of Georgia Press
Advisory Board
Athens, GA, USA
Founded in 1938, The University of Georgia Press has a long history of publishing scholarship, creative and literary works, and books about the state and the region. The Press continuously works to support and enhance the University’s position as a leading research institution
University of Georgia Honors Program
Advisory Board
Athens, GA, USA
The Honors Program offers a wide range of opportunities for learning and growth beyond the classroom. This includes a variety of programs that the Book Discussions, which connects top students with great faculty, and the Lunchbox Lectures, in which Honors students can learn about the latest scholarship of faculty members.
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Media

Olympic memories: Atlanta History Center shows impact of 1996 Games
Quoted
Jul 2021
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sheffield Hale, President & CEO of the Atlanta History Center, is quoted in this article that highlights the Center's new exhibit: “Atlanta ’96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City.” The exhibit features 200 photographs, 150 objects, and countless documents and interactive kiosks that provide visitors a close look at the event that had a significant impact on Atlanta, the US, and the world.
Giant Confederate Monument Will Remain at Revamped Stone Mountain
Quoted
May 2021
New York, NY, USA
This article looks at the division among Georgians over the Stone Mountain monument dedicated to former Confederate leaders. Commenting on the role the monument plays in the larger political discourse, Sheffield Hale, President & CEO of the Atlanta History Center, says “We’re at a point where the state is teetering on going one way or the other politically...The mountain is at the center of that."
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Publications

A monumental miscalculation over Confederacy’s memorials
Author
Jun 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sheffield Hale discusses the recent protests against Confederate symbolism, while also discussing the historical roots of their mythological standing. Namely, Sheffield delves deep into Lost Cause mythology as a way to interpret the current conflict over the place of confederate monuments in the 21st century.
Atlanta Confronts Its Confederate Past
Author
Oct 2019
In this article, Sheffield Hale discusses Atlanta's move as the first city to contextualize Confederate monuments. Atlanta installed large exhibition panels next to four Confederate monuments, "visually transforming them," Hale writes, "into artifacts in an outdoor historical exhibition. With this act, it became the first city to contextualize monuments in a state that bars their removal."
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Memberships

Rotary Club of Atlanta
Member
Atlanta, GA, USA
Established in 1913, the Rotary Club of Atlanta has grown to be one of the most influential business & civic clubs in the world.
American Law Institute
Member
Philadelphia, PA, USA
The American Law Institute leads the way in the US as an independent non-profit organization that works tirelessly to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.
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Awards & Endorsements

100 Most influential Atlantans
Honoree
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sheffield has been named one of the "100 Most influential Atlantans" by Atlanta Business Chronicle over multiple years.
100 Most Influential Georgians
Honoree
2020
Georgia Trend named Sheffield Hale one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2020.
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Public Service

The Advisory Committee on City of Atlanta Street Names and Monuments Associated with the Confederacy
Co-Chair
2017 - 2017
Atlanta, GA, USA
The City of Atlanta established the Committee with the goal of developing recommendations for actions regarding particular streets or monuments, opportunities for expanding the historical conversation and evaluating and addressing related street names or monuments in the future.
Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force
Chair
2011 - 2012
Atlanta, GA, USA
In 2011, Mayor Kasim Reed formed the Atlanta Cyclorama Task Force to study conservation issues and economic viability at Grant Park and other possible sites.
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Speaking Engagements

Rotary Club Of Atlanta: Sheffield Hale
Guest Speaker
Nov 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Sheffield Hale, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta History Center, discusses the past, present, and future of the Stone Mountain Confederate memorial.
Monumental Discussions with Sheffield Hale
Discussion Series
Nov 2020
In this event hosted by the Atlanta Chapter of the UGA Alumni Association, Sheffield Hale, president & CEO of the  Atlanta History Center, leads an educational discussion on historical facts and context around monuments, historic markers, and the meaning behind them.
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Sheffield Hale’s Education

University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude | History