The Southern Museum Offers New Exhibits, Old Favorites in 2010 | Southern Museum

12/18/09 (Kennesaw, GA) —The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History invites the entire community to drop by in 2010 for fascinating exhibits straight from the Smithsonian Institution and popular programs for children and adults.

In Focus is the latest exhibit that opened on December 12,” said Jeff Drobney, executive director of the Southern Museum. “It's a collection of National Geographic's most famous and inspiring photographs.” The exhibit, brought to the Museum by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, runs until April 18. Free with Museum admission, In Focus will also be open to special programs, primarily for organized school field trips and home-schooled students.

Younger children will be excited with the line-up for 2010. The popular Mommy & Me program for children ages three to five is back, as well as Make It & Take It Weekend Workshops for children ages six and up. “These hands-on programs are the perfect way to really help our younger generations learn about and understand history,” Drobney said. “They're fun, interactive and educational!” All children's programs are free with Museum admission.

There are several events coming up in the first two months of 2010 at the Museum. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Mommy & Me Children's Program Series, sponsored by Gas South
January 7 • Gears and Machines
January 14 • This Train
January 21 • Owney, the Mail Train Dog
January 28 • Wheels, Wheels, Wheels
February 4 • John Henry, Railroad Hero
February 11 • Young Abe Lincoln
February 18 • Rhythm and Sounds
February 25 • Freight Train

Designed for children ages three to five and their caregivers, the Museum's history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point in the journey of learning! Free with Museum admission, no reservations required. Mommy & Me is held Thursdays from 10 AM to 11 AM. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3173, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Make It & Take It Weekend Workshops
January 9 • Weaving
January 16 • Secret Messages
January 23 • Simple Machines
January 30 • Printmaking
February 6 • Civil War Signals & Strategies
February 13 • Valentine Art
February 20 • Old-Time Fun & Games
February 27 • Making Do — Natural Dyes

Students age six and up will love these weekend workshops! Offering hands-on projects with engaging information, Make It & Take It helps bring history to life. Held Saturdays from 10 AM to noon, this program is free with Museum admission. All materials are provided. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3173, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Girl Scout Workshops
January 23 • Wave the Flag Try It
January 30 • Creative Composing Try It
February 13 • Art to Wear Badge
February 27 • Local Lore Badge

The Museum offers a number of Girl Scout workshops through the year for Brownies and Juniors to either try an activity or earn a badge. For more information and to register, contact Debbie Pompie at 404.527.7449 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Home School Days
February 8 • Cultures IN FOCUS Series! African Culture & Crafts

Home-schooled students can now enjoy the Museum s fascinating exhibits, including In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits. Attendees will participate in discussions, hands-on activities and make-and-take projects based on the different cultural themes each month. Reservations are recommended but not required. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, contact 770.427.2117, ext 3174, or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about The Great Locomotive Chase, including a short movie; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. 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 three through 12 and free children two and under.

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