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Video: Southern Museum Descendants’ Day 2014

Descendants of a participant in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase recently donated a 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum. Continue reading 

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The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive HistoryParking Lot Behind Southern Museum to Close, Guests Urged to Park at Depot or in Front of Museum

Starting immediately, visitors to the Southern Museum should park in the lot on Cherokee Street in front of the Museum or in the lot at the historic Kennesaw train depot across Cherokee Street from the Museum. Handicap parking is located … Continue reading 

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Sallie Loy, archivist for the Southern Museum, looks through documents from the Bogle Collection.Southern Museum Receives Railroad Collection of Late Col. James G. Bogle

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History has received the extensive railroad collection of the late Col. James G. Bogle. Until his death in 2010 at the age of 94, Bogle was the preeminent authority on the Great Locomotive Chase and collected hundreds of artifacts connected to the daring Civil War event. Continue reading 

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runKennesaw Museum Foundation Lacing Up for Annual 5K on September 6

The Kennesaw Museum Foundation is lacing up its running shoes and sprinting towards the 6th Annual Great Locomotive Chase 5K. Continue reading 

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Southern Museum Wraps Up Successful Second Annual Railroad Rendezvous

More than 600 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s second annual Railroad Rendezvous event. During the event, museum visitors were able to climb aboard the General locomotive, experience a hobo jungle, play outdoor … Continue reading 

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general_5407-480Is the General still a functioning locomotive?

One of the things our visitors seem to always want to know is whether the General is still a functioning locomotive. The answer to that is…it’s complicated! Continue reading 

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DSC_9217-480Southern Museum to Host Second Annual Railroad Rendezvous on July 26

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History will celebrate railroads and their unique history during the second annual Railroad Rendezvous this July. The family-friendly event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 26, will feature a range of indoor and outdoor events, including operating model train layouts, a variety of games and a hobo jungle. Continue reading 

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The Southern Museum will host Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile for a one-day visit on June 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at Depot Park across the street from the museum and admission is free. Continue reading 

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eliwhite0330-470Southern Museum Executive Director Banz Receives Eli White Award

Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, recently received the Eli White Award from the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard of Atlanta. Continue reading 

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IMG_1376-470Family Donates 110-Year-Old Medal of Honor to Southern Museum

Descendants of a participant in the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase on Saturday donated a 110-year-old Medal of Honor to the Southern Museum. The family also donated written accounts and personal belongings of Wilson W. Brown, who in 1862, was part of a group of Union soldiers who stole the General locomotive from Kennesaw as part of a daring bid to destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad between Atlanta and Chattanooga. Continue reading 

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Our Current Exhibits

The GeneralThe Great Locomotive Chase Railroads ExhibitRailroads: Lifelines of the Civil War Glover FactoryGlover Machine Works Family Fun in the Education CenterThe Jolley Education Center Special ExhibitSPECIAL: "1864" (May 3-July 20)