(Kennesaw, GA) — AT&T, a leader in telecommunications services, has recently donated $19,000 for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History's digital artifacts program, which will help allow the Museum prepare a media presentation of pertinent historical documents that will be much more accessible for people online and in the archives department of the Museum.
Don Barbour, regional manager of external affairs for AT&T, was on hand to deliver the donation. “We're very pleased to be partnering with the Museum on such an important project,” Barbour said. “The Museum is committed to furthering the educational outreach in our local community, and AT&T recognizes the vital contribution they make. The Museum is a very deserving entity, and AT&T is pleased to be involved and help out.”
“The Museum is developing a pilot curriculum program with Tapp Middle School,” explained Jeff Drobney, executive director of the Museum. “The program incorporates the students working with Museum staff and their teachers to decide which historical documents to scan and use for this media presentation. The majority of this donation will go toward aiding this program.”
Also on hand for the donation was Steve Kennedy, Kennesaw city manager, and Mark Mathews, city mayor. “The Museum is an invaluable asset to our community,” Mathews said. “I look forward to seeing what new programs and benefits they develop for all community members to enjoy and learn from in the future.”
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 three through 12 and free children two and under.