Georgia’s 58 public library systems serve numerous communities and rural areas. One of the largest public libraries in the state is the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, which was first opened to the public in 1902 as the Carnegie Library. Other notable libraries include the state archives, in Atlanta; the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Georgia, at Athens; and the Georgia Historical Society Library at Savannah. The Office of Public Library Services in Atlanta functions as the state library. Public libraries each year circulate an average of 4.7 books for every resident.
The noted High Museum of Art, in Atlanta, has an important collection of works by European masters, in addition to paintings by early and contemporary American artists. There are also collections of American paintings in the Georgia Museum of Art of the University of Georgia and in the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Savannah.
Other notable museums in the state include the Atlanta History Center and SciTrek, a science and technology museum, both in Atlanta, and the Augusta Museum of History, in Augusta. The Atlanta History Center maintains one of the largest urban museums in the country, with permanent exhibits on the Civil War and the history of the city. Atlanta is also home to the Carter Presidential Center, dedicated to the presidency of Jimmy Carter. The center includes a library and museum.
In 2002 there were 256 newspapers published in Georgia. Most of them were weeklies, but 32 of them were published daily. The first newspaper published in Georgia was the Georgia Gazette, which was founded in Savannah in 1763 by James Johnston, the official printer of the colony. In 1783, after the American Revolution, Johnston published another newspaper, the Gazette of the State of Georgia.
Today the oldest continuously published newspaper in Georgia is the Augusta Chronicle, which was begun as the Georgia State Gazette or Independent Register in 1785. The Christian Index, a weekly newspaper published in Atlanta, dates from 1822 and is the South’s oldest Baptist publication. The state’s most widely circulated newspaper is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia’s first radio station, WSB, was founded in Atlanta in 1922. The first television station, WSB-TV, began operations in Atlanta in 1948.
In 2002 there were 127 AM and 130 FM radio stations located in the state and 32 television stations. Atlanta is the headquarters of Turner Broadcasting System, a cable-television company reaching an international audience. Established by Ted Turner, the cable system includes the Cable News Network (CNN). The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in the South. In addition, several of the larger cities and most of the colleges and universities in the state support symphony orchestras. The Atlanta Ballet performs at the Fox Theatre. Many community and university theaters are active in the state, and midtown Atlanta has numerous live performance theaters. "Georgia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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