Museum Focuses on Next ‘In Focus’ Exhibit, A Fascinating Look at National Geographic’s Most Famous Photographs

11/17/09 (Kennesaw, GA) — The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is proud to announce that their newest exhibit, In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits, will debut on December 12, 2009.

"This exhibit is brought to us through our partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service," explained Jeff Drobney, executive director of the Southern Museum. "The photographs really convey a variety of cultures and time periods throughout world and American history that culminate in an interesting visual timeline."

Created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, In Focus reveals the possibility of portraying the essence of people and places in two dimensions. The exhibit parallels National Geographic’s interest in ethnographic studies and reveals the magazine’s efforts to divert attention away from the hardships of American life during the Great Depression and World War II.

Opening on December 12, the exhibit will run through April 18, 2010. "This four-month engagement will allow our community an ample amount of time to come and fully experience and enjoy this pertinent exhibit," Drobney continued.

Along with the In Focus exhibit, the Museum has several events planned for over the next two months, including:

Mommy & Me Children’s Program Series

sponsored by Gas South
Thursdays at 10 AM

December 3 • The Giving Season
December 10 • The Polar Express Story
December 17 • A Creature Was Stirring …
January 7 • Gears and Machines
January 14 • This Train
January 21 • Owner, the Mail Train Dog
January 28 • Wheels, Wheels, Wheels

This program is designed for children ages three to five with accompanying adults. Inspire a lifelong love for learning! Free with Museum admission. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3173, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Home School Days

10 AM to 2 PM

December 7 • 19th Century Play Day

Home-schooled students of all ages can now explore the Museum’s exhibits at a special rate! What did children do for fun before the days of video games and television? Play with the popular toys of the 19th century, and design and create your very own toy! $5 per person, free for children three and under. Reservations recommended but not required. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3174, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Make It & Take It Weekend Workshops

Saturdays • 10 AM to Noon

January 9 • Weaving
January 16 • Secret Messages
January 23 • Simple Machines
January 30 • Printmaking

Designed for students ages six and up, these hands-on workshops will bring history to life! Free with Museum admission, all materials are provided. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3173, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Girl Scout Workshop

January 23 • Wave the Flag Try It
January 30 • Creative Composing Try It

These special workshops offer Brownies and Juniors the opportunity to try a new activity or earn a badge. Register with Debbie Pompie at 404.527.7449 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

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 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 children 3 and under.

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