In Focus Exhibit Opens This Weekend at the Southern Museum | Southern Museum

12/10/09 (Kennesaw, GA) — The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is opening its latest exhibit this Saturday, December 12. In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits will run through April 2010, and will feature some of the popular magazine's most iconic photographs.

“The Museum enjoys a very special relationship with the Smithsonian Institution, and we're able to bring such exciting exhibits thanks to the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibits Service,” explained Jeff Drobney, executive director of the Southern Museum. “The In Focus exhibit is the next installment of the popular series, including the most recent Native Words, Native Warriors.”

From Steve McCurry's haunting image of the green-eyed Afghan girl to lesser-known scenes of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, In Focus takes viewers around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotion. This collection of outstanding images, shot from the early 20th century to the late 1990s, not only parallels the Society's interest in the ethnographic study of “exotic” lands, but also reveals the magazine's idealized view of domestic life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.

For well over 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography. In Focus brings together a rare collection of expressive portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home.

One of the world's largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations, the National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 “for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” Fulfilling this mission, the society educates and inspires millions every day through its magazines, books, television programs, videos, maps and atlases, research grants, the National Geographic Bee, teacher workshops and innovative classroom materials.

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 50 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play

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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