Black tie optional evening to include dinner, silent auction for museum outreach programs
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The Kennesaw Museum Foundation Vice President Jennifer Jordan-Lock straightens a box car on a model railroad layout as President Paul Chastain watches at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Funds collected at the museum’s Heroes and Legends Gala will help build a large scale interactive train layout in the museum’s education center in Kennesaw. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
The Kennesaw Museum Foundation Vice President Jennifer Jordan-Lock straightens a box car on a model railroad layout as President Paul Chastain watches at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Funds collected at the museum’s Heroes and Legends Gala will help build a large scale interactive train layout in the museum’s education center in Kennesaw.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Great Balls of Fire! On Nov. 2, the Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History present their Heroes and Legends Gala at the Embassy Suites-Atlanta Kennesaw Town Center at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Gone with the Wind,” and attendees are encouraged to dress in period garb.

The black tie optional evening includes dinner provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House and silent auction featuring fabulous items such as a Bobby Cox signed baseball, city vacation packages, James Avery jewelry and rare railroad memorabilia. All proceeds benefit educational outreach programs at the Southern Museum.

The gala is important for Kennesaw and the Cobb County community.

“The Southern Museum is an international attraction and serves as the anchor to historic downtown Kennesaw,” said Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum.

The Southern Museum formed in 1972 when the Big Shanty Museum was founded to house the General locomotive that returned to Georgia. The Kennesaw Museum Foundation formed during the 1990s to assist with expansion of the museum. In 2003, the museum, a member of the prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations program, reopened as the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

In 2008, the museum continued to expand, adding the Jolley Education Center. Next year, a research center will be constructed to house documents relevant to Southeastern Railroad.

“The museum maintains artifacts in exhibits depicting significant events in Georgia civil war and railroad history while simultaneously offering a variety of educational programs. The museum attracts over 42,000 visitors annually and serves as a center of lifelong learning from toddlers to seniors,” Benz said.

The Foundation and museum will honor its members during the gala.

“Our members are so important to the museum, so it’s fitting that we take an evening to honor them for all that they’ve contributed to the museum’s mission and its success,” Benz said. “With the support of our dedicated members, we are able to provide programming that is educating a new generation of historians about the importance the railroad played in helping rebuild the South after the Civil War.”

“The Gala is a lot of fun. The dinner is great. There are numerous interactive games, and the auction items are superb. It is a great way to meet new people in the community while supporting a premier educational institution. The Heroes and Legends Gala is an event to see and be seen,” Benz said.

Cost to attend is $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight; additional sponsorship levels are also available.

The Embassy Suites-Atlanta Kennesaw Town Center is at 620 Chastain Road.

For more information, contact Aimee Harmon at (770) 427-2117, ext. 3174 or via email at foundation@southernmuseum.org.

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