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Southern Museum Commemorates Sesquicentennial of the City’s Burning

Today marks the 150th anniversary of a “tragic chapter of our history,” the burning of the city during the Civil War. Known as Big Shanty at the time, Kennesaw was home to Camp McDonald, one of four Confederate training camps throughout the state. The city entered the ... Continue Reading

A New Look at The General’s Trip to the 1964 World’s Fair

The General locomotive retired from service on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway – a successor of the Western & Atlantic Railroad – in 1891. But, even in “retirement,” the famed locomotive was a draw at the many expositions where she appeared, including Chicago’s ... Continue Reading

Southern Museum Breaks Ground on New Research Center

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History on Friday broke ground on an 8,700-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 ... Continue Reading

Southern Museum to Break Ground on Expanded Research Center

The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History on Friday will break ground on an 8,700-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 ... Continue Reading

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. The family also donated written accounts and personal belongings of Wilson W. Brown, who in 1862, was part of a group of Union soldiers ... Continue Reading

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Parking at The Southern Museum

Visitors of 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 from the Museum off Cherokee Street. Handicap parking is located in the lot directly in front of the ... Continue Reading

Kennesaw 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. This year’s event, to be held Sept. 6 in downtown Kennesaw, coincides with the Taste of Kennesaw and is a one of the six Kennesaw Grand ... Continue Reading

Is 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! Technically, the engine was operable when it was donated to the original Big Shanty Museum in 1972, but a lot ... Continue Reading

Southern Museum to Host Virginia’s Civil War HistoryMobile

Tweet This: [tweetable]The Southern Museum will host HistoryMobile on June 26. #Free admission! #history #cw150 #civilwar150 #georgia[/tweetable] The Southern Museum will host Virginia’s Civil War 150 HistoryMobile for a one-day visit on June 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit, an initiative of the ... Continue Reading

Southern 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. This annual award has been given since 1967 and is presented to a citizen ... Continue Reading

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