Kennesaw’s Southern Museum’s June Events

published June 9, 2018

Civil War History Day Program

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, in partnership with the “Friends of Camp McDonald’ group, are hosting a living history program on June 9, from 9:30 am – 5 pm. Interpreters will focus on local history, discussing both a Union and Confederate point-of-view. The program falls near the anniversary of Camp McDonald Day. Established on June 11, 1861, during the beginning of the Civil War, Camp McDonald served as a Confederate training camp for Georgia volunteers. The approximately 60-acre camp encompassed a large portion of present-day downtown Kennesaw.

Visitors will have a chance to interact with costumed living historians and observe hourly weapons demonstrations and drills. A small Federal encampment will be located on the front yard of the Museum while visitors will find the Confederate side at Camp McDonald Park (across from Kennesaw City Hall), where the “Friends of Camp McDonald” will host their Fourth Annual Camp McDonald Day.  Dr. Richard Banz, Museum Executive Director, states, “We plan to explore a more diverse conversation with visitors, more so than perhaps the traditional military history one typically hears.  Educators will share stories of Unionist activity in Georgia and regional dissent toward the Confederacy, as well as the roles of women and African-Americans during the war. We will highlight diverging voices of the time, representing both Confederate and Union, to demonstrate the complicated nature of the war and its impact on those in the area.”

Local historian, Michael K. Shaffer, will present lectures at the Museum, titled, “Civil War in Cobb County” at 10 am, “Camp McDonald” at 1 pm, and “Civil War in Georgia” at 3:15 pm.  Mr. Shaffer will also lead walking tours of the Camp McDonald Park site.  Our youngest visitors will also have a chance to free play with games, toys, and activities from the period and make a cornhusk doll to take home, all facilitated by an educator. The Peachtree Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the art of yarn spinning, presenting a regular domestic chore of the period.

The program is free with regular Museum admission. Adults are $7.50, Seniors (60+) are $6.50, and Children (ages 4 – 12) are $5.50. Discounts and coupons do not apply for special events but members enter FREE. The Southern Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee Street in downtown Kennesaw.  For more information, please visit


The Southern Museum Education Program presents BRAIN TRAIN – a summer S.T.E.A.M. Workshop for families with kids ages 5-12. They are held on the second Wednesday and following Saturday during June, July and August. Program is FREE for members or with museum admission for nonmembers. Drop in anytime. Visit for more information. The Museum is located at 2829 Cherokee St., Kennesaw.

Mommy & Me Classes Preschool Program

Join us each Thursday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm for Mommy & Me! Our program is specifically designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a different theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with. Cost is included in museum admission and free for museum members.