(Kennesaw, GA) —The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History unveiled designs for a new library and archives facility, slated to open mid-2012.
The new library and archives will house the Southern Museum's ever increasing collection of document, manuscripts, and photographs. Once completed, the new building will offer extraordinary opportunities for students, scholars, historians, and the general public to access materials including:
- Letters, diaries, and military records from the Civil War
- Company records from the Glover Machine Works, described as “one of a kind archival collection for local, state, and national history”
- Documents from the Southern Railroad, the Central of Georgia Railroad, the Marietta and North Georgia Railroad, plus numerous other southeastern railroad companies
- The Southern Railway Historical Association (SRHA) collection, an extensive documentation of the economic and social development of the South
- Extensive photographic collections depicting southeastern railroads including the newly acquired David Salter Collection, regarded as the most comprehensive collection of railroading's “Golden Age in the South,” covering the region from the late 1930s to the 1960s.
“This is a really significant step forward for the Museum and is one of our principle goals outlined in our Vision 2012 capital campaign,” said Jeff Drobney, executive director of the Southern Museum. “It's a major opportunity to preserve our past while offering complete public access to some very special and very unique treasures.”
In addition to providing public access, the new 14,000 square foot facility will quadruple current storage capacity and offer classroom space for educational programs for K-12 students, in addition to specially equipped areas for examining maps, architectural drawings, and other large format documents.
The steering committee for developing the new library & archives is headed up by Bill Cooper, chairman, and includes E.W. Chastain, Fred Keith, Representative Ed Seltzer, Tom King, Paul Chastain, Gary Eubanks, Lanie Hoover, Bill Corn, Sam Kelly, Tim Lee, Robert Ellison, and Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews.
About The Southern Museum
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 Museum is also home to the Jolley Education Center, with 8,000 square feet dedicated to the education and entertainment of young children. The Education Center offers interactive stations, including an authentic telegraph, diesel train simulator and a replica village of 19th century downtown Kennesaw. It also features an adjacent preschool playroom with train sets, books, puzzles, Legos and a climb-on train.
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.