Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 146 Bill HardmanReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 146 Bill Hardman

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 146 Bill Hardman

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 146 Bill Hardman
Creator Hardman, Bill, 1926-
Dates 2013 February 4
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractBill Hardman discusses his career as the director of tourism for the state of Georgia from 1959 to the early 1970s, including his office's attempts to improve Georgia's reputation among out-of-state travelers and to lure vacationers headed to Florida through efforts such as building Welcome centers and improving major roadways. He also discusses efforts to promote Georgia tourism outside of the state through trade shows and at public events like Kennedy's inauguration parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. Other topics include the Southeast Tourism Society and the annual Hoedown in Washington, D.C., the development of the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Six Flags, the impact of sports on Atlanta tourism, and changes to the tourism industry in the late twentieth century.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP-146, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

Bill T. Hardman was born in Colbert, Georgia, in 1926. Governor Ernest Vandiver appointed Hardman to be Georgia's first tourism director in 1959, a time when few other states had tourism divisions. During his twelve years as the tourism director, Hardman oversaw the development of Georgia's first Welcome Centers, promoted Georgia at international and national travel conferences and trade fairs, and worked with the Highway Department to improve the condition of Georgia's major roadways. He helped develop the "See Georgia First" campaign to encourage vacationers on the way to Florida to stop first in Georgia. In 1961, Hardman helped initiate the first Governor's Conference on Tourism, a project to bring together tourism leaders for sharing and collaboration. After retiring from the state, Hardman lobbied for the creation of the Georgia World Congress Center and founded a private travel firm. Hardman also founded the Southeast Tourism Society, which for years staged the annual Hoedown in Washington, D.C., a party and lobbying event for members of Congress from the southeastern states. Hardman retired to Dahlonega, Georgia.


Scope and Content

Hardman discusses his career as the director of tourism for the state of Georgia from 1959 to the early 1970s, including his office's attempts to improve Georgia's reputation to out-of-state travelers and to lure vacationers headed to Florida through efforts such as building Welcome centers and improving major roadways. He also discusses efforts to promote Georgia tourism outside of the state through trade shows and at public events like Kennedy's inauguration parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. Other topics include the Southeast Tourism Society and the annual Hoedown in Washington, D.C., the development of the World Congress Center in Atlanta, Six Flags, the impact of sports on Atlanta tourism, and changed to the tourism industry in the late twentieth century.


Related Collections in this Repository

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Georgia World Congress Center (Atlanta, Ga.)
Tourism--Georgia--Atlanta--History.
Tourism--Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
ROGP 146 Bill Hardman video, 2013 February 4 VIEW ONLINE