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Southern Museum, LCCA to Host Autism Awareness Day

The Southern Museum, in conjunction with Autism Speaks and the Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA), will host a special day for families affected by autism on March 1 from 9 am - noon.

Three different types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs will be provided by LCCA and museum. Other features include a sensory friendly room with puzzles and activities and special showings of the museum’s Great Locomotive Chase movie. Staff and volunteers from Autism Speaks will be present to assist during the event and offer information and local resources for families.

“The museum staff is looking forward to this collaboration” said Dena Bush, Museum Director of Operations. “We want all our visitors to have a positive museum experience and this partnership will reach out to a community that sometimes is overlooked.”

Reservations for tickets and further information will be available beginning January 8 on the museum website, southernmuseum.org. Reservations are recommended.

Autism Speaks, founded in 2005, is now the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.

LCCA, founded in 1970, is a national, not-for-profit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to promote and foster interest, research, education and enjoyment of Lionel trains. LCCA hosts several special events in various cities around the country. For more information, please visit lionelcollectors.org.

For more information on this event or to reserve a ticket, call Dena Bush, at 770-427-2117, extension 3184, or e-mail dbush@kennesaw-ga.gov.

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1459280_10151756764986791_324542509_nRevived Polar Express Adventure Proves Popular

More than 800 people turned out to the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History today to interact with elves in their temporary holiday shop and meet Santa Claus.

The Polar Express Adventure returned to the Museum’s lineup of events in 2013 following a hiatus and proved to be as popular as ever. Guests felt like they were transported to the North Pole as they wrote letters to Santa and met the jolly fellow himself during the Adventure.

The evening began as a train conductor and a hobo greeted guests and told them what was in store during their festive and family friendly evening. Guests then made holiday crafts and watched elves make toys in their temporary holiday shop located in the Museum’s Glover Machine Works exhibit.

“Kids young and old enjoyed the chance to make their own Christmas crafts and interact with Santa,” said Kelly Briscoe, the Southern Museum’s event coordinator. “As it was in years past, the Polar Express Adventure was popular among Metro Atlanta families, and we are looking forward to being a part of our visitors’ holiday traditions for many years to come.”

In addition to mingling with elves and Santa, guests enjoyed a holiday-themed model train layout that was on display during the event.

GEICO was the title sponsor for the event, while the Acworth location of Home Depot served as the secondary sponsor. The popular event is expected to return in December 2014.

To see more pictures from the event, please visit the Museum's Facebook page. The Museum's next major event, Trains, Trains, Trains, is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2014.

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trainsx3_5441Southern Museum’s Annual Trains, Trains, Trains Returns in January

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will host its popular “Trains, Trains, Trains” event on Jan. 25, 2014.

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The fourth annual family-friendly event will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and will feature crafts, vendors and several operating model train layouts. There will also be railroad music and vendors selling train-related items.

“Our annual ‘Trains, Trains, Trains’ event has established itself as one of the Museum’s most popular events,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the Museum’s executive director. “This event attracts die-hard railroad enthusiasts, casual railfans and families who are interested in trains – both life-sized and model versions.”

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

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 as well as Museum members; coupons and discounts will not be accepted on the day of the event. The Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw (exit 273 on Interstate 75).

For more information, call (770) 427-2117 ext. 3058, visit southernmuseum.org or follow the Museum at facebook.com/southernmuseum.

CALENDAR LISTING: The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia, will kick off its packed 2014 calendar of events with a family day focusing on all aspects of trains. The “Trains, Trains, Trains” event, which includes operating model train layouts and railroad crafts, will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. 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 as well as Museum members; coupons and discounts will not be accepted on the day of the event. For more information, visit southernmuseum.org.

 

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From left: Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum; Debbie Underkoffler, Gala Committee Chairperson; Richard “Dick” Hillman; The Honorable Judge Adele Grubbs, Cobb County Superior Court Judge; Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews; and Paul Chastain, President of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation.Southern Museum Raises Money for New Research Center

From left: Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum; Debbie Underkoffler, Gala Committee Chairperson; Richard “Dick” Hillman; The Honorable Judge Adele Grubbs, Cobb County Superior Court Judge; Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews; and Paul Chastain, President of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation.

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History raised more than $24,000 during a fundraising gala this weekend.

The money raised during the Heroes and Legends Gala will help fund an expansion to the Museum’s research center. During Saturday’s event, the Foundation also took a moment to honor the Museum’s members for their continued support of the Smithsonian affiliate.

“Our members are vital to the success of the Southern Museum, so it’s only appropriate we take an evening to honor them for their ongoing commitment,” said Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum. “Because of their support, we continue to provide programming that is educating a new generation of historians about the role the railroad played in helping the South rebuild after the Civil War.”

The Southern Museum will soon break ground on a 15,000-square-foot expansion to its research center. Once complete, the Southern Museum will be home to one of the largest centers for researchers, scholars and historians studying southeastern railroads of the United States.

The Museum’s extensive archives collection includes more than 45,000 rare railroad photographs through the David W. Salter Collection, a one-of-a-kind glass plate negative collection of Glover Machine Works locomotives and thousands of Southern Railway-related documents through the Southern Railway Historical Association Collections.

Groundbreaking for the $1.1 million expansion project is currently scheduled for 2014.

For more information, visit southernmuseum.org or facebook.com/southernmuseum.

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Southern Museum, Palmer Middle School Partner for Interactive Event

Palmer Middle School and The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History are partnering to provide an interactive event for Palmer students and their families.

The event, scheduled from 10 - noon on Saturday, October 19, challenges middle school students to look deeper at the museum's exhibits and relate the information to skills they learned at school.

The museum's education staff has been working with teachers on an interactive scavenger hunt that incorporates curriculum areas such as math, science, and language arts and they will be at the museum to assist families with this unique education experience. At the conclusion of the event, Palmer chorus students will perform a selection of railroad songs they have been rehearsing since the beginning of the school year from the front steps of the museum.

"This will be a great opportunity to showcase student talent but also display how our museum exhibits can teach so much more than social studies and history," said museum Director of Operations Dena Bush.

The community is invited to attend and participate. For more information about the Southern Museum, visit www.southernmuseum.org.

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The General2Travel Channel: Hijacking a Locomotive

The Travel Channel recently featured The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History and the Great Locomotive Chase.

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Dick Hillman (center) accepts his honor during Saturday's gala.Southern Museum to Honor Members During Gala

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will honor their members during the upcoming Heroes and Legends Gala.

The Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Embassy Suites in Kennesaw. Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight; additional sponsorship levels are also available.

This year’s Gala has a Gone with the Wind theme, and attendees are encouraged to dress in period garb; black tie is optional. Festivities for the evening include a dinner provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House and a silent auction featuring rare railroad memorabilia.

All proceeds from the Gala benefit educational outreach programs at the Southern Museum. All donations are tax deductible.

“Our members are so important to the Museum, so it’s fitting  that we take an evening to honor them for all that they’ve contributed to the Museum’s mission and its success,” said Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum. “With the support of our dedicated members, we are able to provide programming that is educating a new generation of historians about the importance the railroad played in helping rebuild the South after the Civil War.”

During last year’s Gala, the Foundation honored longtime conservator and board member Richard “Dick” Hillman. In 2011, the Foundation honored Jeff Drobney, former director of the Southern Museum and Kennesaw’s current assistant city manager.

For more information or to request information on sponsorship levels, contact Aimee Harmon at (770) 427-2117, ext. 3174 or via email at foundation@southernmuseum.org.

 

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Popular Polar Express Adventure Returns to Southern Museum for 2013

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure this December. The special holiday event is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The Polar Express Adventure follows the City of Kennesaw’s annual Christmas celebration, parade and tree lighting ceremony.

Upon entering the Museum, attendees will meet a train conductor and a hobo before having the opportunity to create holiday craftsand watch elves make toys in their holiday shop in the Museum’s Glover Machine Works exhibit. They will also be able to write a letter to Santa and meet the jolly fellow himself during the evening.

“Kids of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to make Christmas crafts and meet Santa in person,” said Kelly Briscoe, the Southern Museum’s event coordinator. “We are looking forward to being a part of our visitors’ holiday traditions.”

Hot chocolate and light refreshments will be served. A holiday-themed model train layout will also be on display during the event.

The Museum will be closing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 7 to prepare for the event. While tickets will be available on the day of the event, space is limited and tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum. GEICO is the title sponsor for the event, while the Acworth location of Home Depot serves as the secondary sponsor.

The museum is offering special pricing for the event. Tickets for adults and seniors are $5, children (4-12) are $3 and Infants (3 and under) are free.

For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or southernmuseum.org.

CALENDAR LISTING: The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is bringing back its popular Polar Express Adventure this December. The event is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The Polar Express Adventure follows the City of Kennesaw’s Christmas celebration, parade and tree lighting ceremony. Attendees will also have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and meet the jolly fellow himself during the evening. For more information, email events@southernmuseum.org or call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058. Additional details about Polar Express Adventure and other future Museum events are available at facebook.com/southernmuseum or southernmuseum.org.

 

 

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Gary EubanksSouthern Museum Trustee Gary Eubanks Passes Away

Marietta resident Gary Franklin Eubanks, an ardent trustee of the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, as a result of complications of brain cancer. He was 68.

Eubanks was a member of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Earlier this year, through the Robert and Hazel Eubanks Foundation, he presented a $40,000 grant to help fund the Southern Museum’s research center.

Eubanks, who originally developed his deep interest in railroad history in high school, has been involved with the Museum for more than five years.

“Gary Eubanks’ warm personality and his enthusiasm and dedication to railroads will be greatly missed,” Southern Museum Executive Director Dr. Richard Banz said. “He was incredibly generous in his support, and our new research center wouldn’t have been possible without him. While we’re sad he won’t be able to see the expansion completed, we know he’ll always be a part of the Museum.”

The Robert and Hazel Eubanks Foundation supports organizations with educational, historical or religious missions. Gary Eubanks created the foundation to honor and continue the work of his late parents, Hazel and Robert Eubanks of Atlanta, who had a long history of supporting such organizations during their lifetimes.

His complete obituary is available through the Marietta Daily Journal.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests those who wish to make donations in Eubanks’ memory to Baptists Today or the Southern Museum. Anyone interested in making donations to the Southern Museum can do so below or make checks payable to the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, 2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Gary Eubanks Memorial

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run_featuredKennesaw Museum Foundation Lacing Up for Fifth Annual 5K

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation is lacing up its running shoes and sprinting towards the 5th Annual Great Locomotive Chase 5K on Sept. 7.

CSX Transportation is the Title Sponsor for this year’s race in downtown Kennesaw while Kaiser Permanente is the Supporting Sponsor. All proceeds from this event support the educational and outreach programs of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

Runners may continue to register at the Southern Museum, at any Big Peach Running Co. store or online at active.com or greatlocomotiverace.com. Online registrants must print the registration form and mail to the address on the form.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run until Sept. 6 or $30 on the day of the race; a corresponding Tot Trot is free. Runners who register the day of race are not guaranteed a race shirt.

Early pick-up of race packets, which include a race shirt, numbered bib and free give-away items, will be held at Big Peach Running Co. in Kennesaw on Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Race day registration will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. at Kennesaw First Baptist Church. The
1-mile Fun Run will begin at 7:30 a.m., the 5K will start at 8 a.m. in front of the church and the Tot Trot will start in front of the Big Shanty Barber Shop at 8:45 a.m.

The starting line for the 5K will be located in front of the Kennesaw First Baptist Church. On the relatively flat, shady race route, runners will head north on Main Street to Swift-Cantrell Park, loop through the park, continue toward downtown Kennesaw and finish near the intersection of Main and Cherokee streets.

Following the race, awards will be presented to the top three in all age groups, and $100 cash prizes will be presented to the overall male and female winners and the Master male and female winners.

For more information about running or volunteering, please contact the development coordinator at foundation@southernmuseum.org or 770.427.2117 ext. 3174.

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