10/12/09 (Kennesaw, GA) — The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, with sponsorship from the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is presenting 'The Civil War in Georgia,' a day-long seminar featuring acclaimed historians and authors. The event takes place October 24 beginning at 9 AM.
"This seminar will truly be an immersion experience in the Civil War," explained Jennifer Legates, director of curriculum and educational initiatives at the Museum. "Our speakers are acclaimed authors and scholars in the field of Civil War studies, and are very knowledgeable about Georgia history."
Five authors will be present at the event, including Tammy Harden Galloway, Kurt D. Graham, John Randolph Poole, Dr. John Fowler and Russell Bonds. All are from Georgia, and each one has a unique point of view on the state's history – for example, Galloway's book Dear Old Roswell: The Civil War Letters of the King Family of Roswell, GA focuses on a family's emotional experiences during the war while Fowler, a Dalton State University professor, is an academic contributor to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
The varying perspectives on the war that still reverberates throughout United States history is sure to spark a spirited conversation for the seminar. "I'm looking forward to this event," Legates stated. "So many people in our community will enjoy it – whether you're a history buff, a Civil War aficionado, a local student or someone who is simply curious, this seminar will be bring the history of the 1860s to life."
A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms, and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about The Great Locomotive Chase, including a short movie; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war.
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.