Huge Turnout for Southern Museum's Trains, Trains, Trains

More than 2,200 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s third annual Trains, Trains, Trains event.

More than 2,200 people turned out Saturday for the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History’s third annual Trains, Trains, Trains event.

Museum visitors explored model train layouts, vendors selling train-themed wares and various activities geared toward families.

“This event is so much fun because kids have the opportunity to get up and close with trains,” said Dr. Richard Banz, the museum’s executive director. “We’re grateful to everyone who came out, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone at our future events, including next year’s Trains, Trains, Trains.”

The museum’s next major event, “Museum Night,” is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. The night will include refreshments at the museum and an evening of family- and history-centered activities.

During the event, visitors can explore the entire museum, see vintage automobiles, climb aboard The General locomotive, participate in interactive games and handle certain artifacts – under curatorial supervision – normally off limits to guests.

To view photos from Saturday’s event, visit facebook.com/southernmuseum.

For more information, call 770-427-2117, visit southernmuseum.org or follow the museum at facebook.com/southernmuseum.

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Roxy January 25, 2013 at 07:17 AM
I understand and respect the idea of preserving Kennesaw's history and providing a place for learning, but at what cost. It is my understanding that it cost the city $750,000 a year to keep the museum operating. Why in a time of budget short falls and lack of economic grown do we not consider opening the museum a few less days a week and possibly reducing the number of overpaid directors, curators, and tour guides, (because the new bus turnaround is just so busy), to compensate for the lack of funds that the museum generates. Just a thought.....
Joe Bozeman January 26, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Roxy, I am a volunteer tour guide and a member of Museum Foundation. At this point the museum is not self supporting and probably will never be, but I believe the figure you quoted is high. I believe you should criticize the City of Kennesaw, not the museum, for the bus turnaround. As far as overpaid employees at the museum, you are totally off base. Your comment of budget short falls really interests me. The museum brings education, culture and many paying visitors to our town. If you want to talk about city spending, look at Swift Cantrell Park, all of our ball parks, and the Kennesaw Teen Center. Closing the museum on certain days to reduce spending would also reduce revenue. I would love to hear your opinion on how much tax money is being spent at Swift Cantrell Park and how much the skate park is going to cost the taxpayers,


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