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For many Georgians, September means one thing: Football season is here! The Atlanta Falcons and high school teams garner their fair share of the headlines, but college football is king throughout much of the Southeast.

That's why it makes perfect sense for Atlanta to be the new home of the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. The previous location was in South Bend, Ind., also the home of the University of Notre Dame and its storied football program. But college football passions run deep throughout the Southeast, and big games are a regular occurrence in Atlanta.

"Hitting pay dirt," page 18, takes a look at the just-opened Hall of Fame. While the facility pays tribute to the game's greats, it also places much emphasis on interactivity that gives each visitor a personalized experience. Plus, gallery designers have gone to great lengths to appeal to guests who might not live for college football season. "This will be a fun place to be, even if you're not a fan or scholar of the game," says Hall of Fame President/CEO John Stephenson.

Looking at another kind of museums, "Amazing museums," page 42, chronicles the places that offer glimpses into the state's history, cultural life and natural environment. Some are struggling financially, and need creative fundraising programs.

"Adopting a new line of thinking," page 26, takes a look at foster and adoptive parents who have opened their homes -- and hearts -- to children. "I can't delete the painful parts of their history, but I can offer a new future that isn't based on their past," says one adoptive mom.
Happy tailgating!

Kevin Braun
Associate Editor

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Checking out the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta are, from left, the University of Georgia's Kevin Butler (2001 inductee) and Vince Dooley (1994), and Georgia Tech's Randy Rhino (2002) and Joe Hamilton (to be inducted this year). (Photo by Parker Smith Photography.)

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