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Spring Events at the Southern Museum and a New Exhibit Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

Kennesaw, GA, April 29, 2011 – May is packed full of special events at the Southern Museum, beginning with the Great Locomotive Chase Golf Tournament, continuing with a living history event and culminating in the opening of the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard exhibit, which opens on May 28, 2011 in conjunction with the beginning of the 150th

Anniversary of the Civil War. These and other activities will keep you busy this month before summer kicks into high gear!

Scheduled in May:

Great Locomotive Chase Golf Tournament

May 9

Tee off for a great cause!  The 2011 Golf Tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon at Pinetree County Club. Funds raised will support the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s community and educational outreach programs and will assist the Museum in the preservation of its archival and artifact materials. Registration includes participation in the tournament, a progressive lunch and the opportunity to win prizes!  There are just a few spots left.  To register for or sponsor this event, visit and download the application, or call 770.427.2117 ext 3183. 

Through the Ages: A Living History Timeline

May 14—15

This unique event, which will be held at the Depot (across the street from the Southern Museum), will recreate some exciting landmark events in world history.  Tracing history from Roman times to present day, living history interpreters and military personnel will bring history to life for a truly educational and interactive experience. Prices: $5 adult, $3 children (ages 12-4).  Free for ages three and under.  For more information, contact 770.427.2117 ext 3058 or

The Old Guard of the Gate City Guard Exhibit

May 28—October 16

The first of many events developed by the Southern Museum to commemorate and explore topics relevant to the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard is a new temporary exhibition that will be located in the Cobb Energy Gallery at the Museum. The original Gate City Guard was one of the first military units to respond to the call for arms in defense of Georgia in the Civil War. This exhibit is being produced in collaboration with the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard of Atlanta, Inc., State Bank & Trust Company, Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum. The gallery will be open to the public from May 28, 2011 until October 16, 2011. For more information, call 770.427.2117, ext 3174 or email programs@southernmuseum.orgFree with admission.


Mommy & Me

Designed for pre-school age children ages three to five years old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities.

May 5 • 10 AM

This Train – Steam, Diesel, Bullet

What is your favorite type of train?

May 12 • 10 AM

Old-Time Fun

Let’s play some favorite games from long ago.


May 19 • 10 AM

A-Camping We Will Go

What will you need for a camping trip?

May 26 • 10 AM

Curious George Takes a Train

George “helps” at the train station.

Mommy & Me events are held every Thursday at 10 AM. The programs are free with Museum admission. For more information contact the Education Department at 770.427.2117, ext 3173 or


Make It & Take It Weekend Workshops


Students age six and up will love this opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with a historical basis and take their creations with them. Make It & Take It workshops are held on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon. Materials are provided and the workshops are free with Museum admission.


May 21 • 10 AM

Medals of Honor

Design your own medal of honor in recognition of Armed Forces Day.


For more information contact the Education Department at 770.427.2117, ext 3173 or Free with Museum admission.


General Overlook Now Open!

For the first time, visitors to the Museum can view the General locomotive from the balcony in the viewing room. From this new vantage point, you get a spectacular view of the control room and water tank. Be sure to check it out on your next visit!


About The Southern Museum


A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War & 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. During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Southern Museum will be hosting numerous events that will explore topics relevant to this tumultuous time in history. Visit the Museum’s calendar of events at for a list of activities and events.


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 three and under. For more information, visit our website at or call us at 770.427.2117.




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3 Responses to Spring Events at the Southern Museum and a New Exhibit Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

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  2. CP says:

    Will the General train be on display next year?

  3. kshapland says:

    Yes, the General is on permanent display at the Museum.


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