The Cherokee Garden Library has raised more than $2.5 million for its endowment, reaching a goal set about a decade ago, when the library merged with the Atlanta History Center.

Gifts ranging from $30 to $300,000 from 150 individuals and organizations allowed the library to reach the fundraising goal as it celebrated its 40th anniversary, the history center said.

“This type of support truly allows the history center, and specifically the Cherokee Garden Library to serve a broader community, expanding in ways that keep it relevant and engaging to future generations,” history center vice president Hillary Hardwick said in an email.

The library was founded by the Cherokee Garden Club of Atlanta in 1975 and now is one of the special libraries of the Kenan Research Center at the history center, which is located in Buckhead. The Cherokee Garden Library contains more than 30,000 books, photographs, postcards, seed catalogs and other gardening-related items.

“One of the great things about studying gardening and the land is that it heals our bodies and our hearts as well as our minds and souls,” library Director Staci Catron said in a press release. “This is what we hope the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center will do for generations to come.  Thanks to the growing support from our community and our Endowment Fund, we can.”

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