Railfans Rejoice: Trains Galore at the Southern Museum in Kennesaw | Southern Museum

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 13, 2012) – The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will kick off its packed 2012 calendar of events with a family day focusing on all aspects of trains, ranging from songs to models to historic artifacts.

The “Trains, Trains, Trains” event will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the museum’s Jolley Education Center.

This family event will include train crafts, operating model trains and tips and techniques for building a home layout. The event will also include interactive activities, including a train-themed story time, a Thomas & Friends activity center, railroad music and vendors selling a variety of train-related items.

In addition to the day’s events, visitors have an opportunity to explore the museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about the General, a locomotive involved in the Great Locomotive Chase, one of the Civil War’s most thrilling episodes. The museum also includes a full-scale replica of Glover Machine Works, a locomotive factory in nearby Marietta that helped rebuild the South after the war.

Each Thursday in January, the museum will also be hosting its Mommy & Me events, designed for preschool children three to five-years-old and their caregivers. The events – held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays in January and free with museum admission – provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities.

Museum admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and under; coupons and discounts will not be accepted on the day of the event. The museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw.

For more information about the Mommy & Me events, contact the museum’s Early Childhood Educator at (770) 427.2117, Ext. 3173 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. For more information, call (770) 427-2117, visit southernmuseum.org or follow the museum at facebook.com/southernmuseum.

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, 150th anniversary 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 southernmuseum.org 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.


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