Southern Museum Launches Heritage Club Campaign to Raise Funds for New Research Center | Southern Museum

Kennesaw, GA, March 9, 2011 –The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History has launched its Heritage Club Campaign, which invites area friends and businesses to become Heritage Club members of the Research Center at the Southern Museum.  The Museum aims to raise $1.6 million for the construction of its new 14,000 square foot research center, where historical documents, photographs and manuscripts will be preserved and archived.

Individuals and businesses that donate $1,000 or more will receive a Heritage Club membership, which includes a one-year membership to the Southern Museum and esteemed recognition in the lobby of the new facility.  Robert Ellison, Heritage Club Campaign co-chairman explained, “This will provide an opportunity for many smaller businesses and our long time friends to join in on this significant undertaking.”  The three Heritage Club Co-chairs, Ellison, Dana Dorris and Jim Glover hope to enlist enough members to raise $200,000 toward the $1.6 million goal.

The expanded Research Center will further the Museum’s mission to commemorate the history of the railroad industry in the Southeast.  According to Executive Director, Richard Banz, “The new facility will better accommodate the Museum’s archival needs.  During the past 12 months alone, almost 50,000 images have been donated to the Museum.  Construction of an expanded, modern facility will allow preservation of these and other collections for current and future generations.  Furthermore, it will firmly establish the Museum as the nation’s leading facility in Southeastern railroad research.”

To make a donation to the Heritage Club Campaign, contact Leslie Edge at email hidden; JavaScript is required or 770-427-2117 ext. 3183.

About The Southern Museum
A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History ( features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms, and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase, including the General locomotive; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Jolley Education Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning in children.

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 for children 3 and under.  For more information, visit our website at or call us at 770-427-2117.

Heritage Club Chairs:  Southern Museum Executive Director Dr. Richard Banz, Co-Chair Dana Dorris, Kennesaw Museum Foundation President Paul Chastain, Co-Chair Robert Ellison, Co-Chair Jim Glover

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