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July 2009

the southern


The Telegraph

News & Events from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Association with the Smithsonian Institution

Vol. VII, No. 2

Enjoy a Night Out at the Southern Museum


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From the Director of Recreation and Culture................ 2 Great Grizzly Giveaway.................... 2

Golf Tournament.............................. 4 Archives Adds Images....................... 4 Discover Museum Through Child’s Eyes........................ 5 Great Locomotive Race..................... 5 Corporate Members.......................... 5 Summer Savings................................ 6 Calendar............................................ 7

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Exhibit Tells Stories of American Indian Code Talkers


hen the United States issued the call to arms in World Wars I and II, Native Americans answered as warriors. Some men discovered that words—in their native languages—would be their most valued weapons. These American heroes share their stories of strength and courage in an exciting Smithsonian traveling exhibition premiering at the Southern Museum July 25. Native Words, Native Warriors, developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the

July 25 - October 4 Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), tells the remarkable story of soldiers from more than a dozen tribes who used their native languages as codes while serving in the U.S. military. This inspiring exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of donor Elizabeth Hunter Solomon. Additional support has been provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee and the AMB Foundation. (continued on page 6)


Something Old, Something New................................. 3

outdo our previous events, with several characters and fun events for families and Museum supporters.” The “Night at the Southern Museum” will involve several opportunities for visitors to interact – not only will regular exhibitions “come to life,” but other characters will be there as well, like astronauts and cowboys. “This event really sparks the imagination, in both young and old,” Legates went on to say. “Instead of sitting

Photo courtesy National


n the heels of one of this summer’s most popular films, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History is presenting its third “Night at the Southern Museum” event on July 11, beginning at 5PM. “Our ‘Night’ events are extremely popular and well-received,” said Jennifer Legates, director of curriculum and education initiatives at the Museum. “I think I can safely say that this ‘Night’ will

By Carly Sharec

From the

Executive Director Jeff Drobney, Ph.D. The New York Times reported charitable giving fell last year by the largest percentage in five decades. The study, conducted by the Giving USA Foundation, found that gifts and pledges from individuals and institutions decreased 5.7 percent from 2007. Some experts said they were surprised the drop was not even bigger, given that endowments fell as much as 40 percent, the stock market declined by a similar margin, corporations posted unheard-of losses and unemployment was rising at a fast clip. The Kennesaw Museum Foundation, like many charities and foundations, has seen a decline in donations. Many corporations and families are concerned with trying to cover payroll or the mortgage. We have been told many times to “reapply for the grant in 2010” or “I may not be able to make my pledge payment.” We understand and we trust our donors will continue to support the foundation when they can. With the current financial crisis, the foundation encourages individuals to donate, and we are working hard to position ourselves for corporate and foundation funding when the economy recovers. I would encourage individuals to consider a “planned gift” to the foundation. Planned giving may include gifts of assets, life insurance or annuities, bequests in Wills or Trusts, life estate, charitable lead or remainder annuity trusts, charitable remainder unitrust, or gifts from individual retirement accounts, many of which may result in income or tax benefits as well as support for the foundation. If you are interested in a planned gift, please contact me for details. On a somber note, the thoughts and prayers of the Southern Museum and Kennesaw Museum Foundation staffs go out to the staff and visitors of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after the tragic shooting June 10. Our prayers are also with the family of security guard Stephen Johns, who gave his life to protect the museum and its visitors. Wishing you safe travels this summer.


Kennesaw Museum Foundation Announces the Great Grizzly Giveaway!


oom off the beaten path on a 2009 Grizzly 550 FI All Terrain Vehicle from Yamaha Marine Group! The Kennesaw Museum Foundation is now selling raffle tickets for this powerful prize. The drawing will be held December 23, 2009. Yamaha Marine Group has donated the ATV for the Foundation to raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit the Foundation, as well as the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. “We’re so pleased to be teaming up with Yamaha again for our raffle,” said Paul Chastain, Foundation president. “Their continuing support is necessary to fund educational initiatives, acquire artifacts, and continue to bring interesting and exciting exhibits to the Museum.” Phil Dyskow, president of Yamaha Marine Group, says that his company is proud to support the work of both the Foundation and the Southern Museum. “The Museum provides a unique look back into history of the South and of Kennesaw, where Yamaha Marine Group has made its home in the United States,” said Dyskow. “Yamaha admires the Foundation’s work and the Southern Museum, which is among the best in the South.” Perfect for outdoors enthusiasts, the ATV comes equipped with several features including electronic power steering

for superior comfort, fully automatic Ultramatic® transmission, On-Command® In/Out RWD feature, and a trick digital instrument panel – which boasts a multifunction LCD display including a speedometer, odometer, 4WD status, transmission position, fuel gauge, and more. Tickets are $10 each, or $25 for three. Those who wish to buy tickets are advised to hurry, as only a limited number Tickets are $10 each, will be sold. or $25 for three. Tickets can be purchased by calling 770.427.2117, ext 3183. They can also be bought via mail, by sending a check or money order to the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, Attn: Great Grizzly Giveaway, P.O. Box 846, Kennesaw, Georgia, 30156. All sales must be complete by December 19, 2009. Yamaha marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha is the only outboard company to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit

Volunteers Wanted:

Summer is a great time to get involved with the volunteer program at the Southern Museum! With Mommy & Me Programs, Children’s History Workshops, archival projects, and special events, there are more opportunities then ever before to volunteer. If you are interested in more information about volunteer opportunities at the Museum please contact Cindy Dadyala at 770-427-2117 Ext 3182. Applications are available on our Web site at

Harold Fagan’s latest magnificent locomotive modeling creation in wood, the William R. Smith, is now on view in The Great Locomotive Chase gallery, along with his other models of locomotives that participated in the Chase. Harold Fagan’s hand crafted model of Chase locomotive “William R. Smith” Harold created this model at the age of ninety-five!

Something Old, Something New, Something Different

By Mike Bearrow, Curator


everal years ago the museum curatorial staff made the commitment to its returning visitors and members to keep things fresh and new within our displays. We recognize that the folks who walk through our doors more than once a year want to see, explore, and experience new things. That promise has been honored and recently surpassed. In many museums, “new” more often takes the form of rotating special exhibits in a traveling exhibit gallery hall. The Southern Museum has always maintained a very aggressive special exhibit schedule. In February we opened William Wardrop Creations: Man’s Imagination and Machines, a special exhibit that has been very well received, especially by children. It is a combination of wonder, whimsy, and history and will be on display through July 5. On July 11, our second “Night at the Southern Museum” special program will invade the same space and entire building with rocket ships, airplanes, and quite possibly pirates. Two weeks later another special exhibit will open entitled Native Words. Native Warriors. This program from the Smithsonian explores the unique contributions of Native Americans and their languages in helping the United States win World War I and II. This is only half of the story when discussing our efforts to keep things fresh and different. The only thing permanent about our four permanent galleries are

their titles. In the past several months many new items have been rotated onto display. The popular uniforms case has four new textile pieces. Two of them are uniform coats from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, VA.

Did you know that little boys during the 1800s wore dresses? One belonged to a cousin of Stonewall Jackson, nicknamed “Mudwall” Jackson. It is not known for certain if this was a pet or harsh nickname given to him by the

soldiers under his command. Equally new and interesting are two Civil War period dresses on display in the case. Ava Wilkey, assistant curator, and Jennifer Legates, director of curriculum and education initiatives, worked very hard to create the display in which a Southern day dress and child’s dress are now on view. Did you know that little boys during the 1800s wore dresses? They wore them for the very practical purpose of easy diaper changing. Many other displays within the Museum have been recently enhanced. Harold Fagan’s latest magnificent locomotive modeling creation in wood, the William R. Smith, is now on view in The Great Locomotive Chase gallery, along with his other models of locomotives that participated in the Chase. A coat and medal belonging to Union Raider William Knight has returned to display. Other new items include three new period images, two Civil War pikes, a Whitney revolver made by the company established by cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, a false limb crutch used by a veteran of the war, a new highly detailed model of the locomotive, The Texas, by David Schneider and a blueprint cabinet in the Glover Machine Works gallery. Our staff sometimes wonders, “If we display it, will they come?” We need your help, to be our voice and ambassadors in the local and wider community. Spread the word about the new stories the rotating galleries and historical objects tell. There will always be something old, something new and something different each visit. That is our promise.


Archives Adds Videos, Images to Web Site

By Daniel Pete, Assistant Archivist


Golf Tournament Raises Cash for Programs, Artifacts


he Kennesaw Museum Foundation’s 13th Annual Great Locomotive Chase Golf Tournament on May 18 raised more than $22,000 that will fund exciting educational programs and help acquire artifacts for the Southern Museum. The foundation thanks Brookstone Country Club and its staff for making the tournament such a success and Carl Black Buick/ Pontiac/GMC for presenting the tournament for the seventh year in a row. Thanks also to Carrabba’s Italian Grill for providing delicious food for the event. Twenty teams participated in perfect weather, and the winners were from the Houston-Stafford Electric team, consisting of Phillip Stephenson, Bobby Filkins, Ernie Hollifield, and Sid Thompson. A special thank you goes out to all of the staff and volunteers that contributed to the successful event. Please mark your calendars now for next year’s tournament which will be on May 10, 2010.


he Southern Museum Archives continues to bring awareness to the Museum’s collections in a visual way on our Web site. The first step was the addition of a video clip that showcases photographs of train depots, building structures, water tanks, coaling stations, etc., from the Southern Railway Historical Association Collection of Interstate Commerce Commission Records. We continued with the Southern Railway Presidents’ Files by placing an image of a photograph or painting for each president next to their respective list of files starting from Samuel Spencer in 1872 to Graham Claytor in 1967. Just recently we launched a short video clip highlighting the Glover Machine Works Collection. This video contains documents and photographs of inside the factory, completed manufactured locomotives, vendor invoices from their initial tannery business, construction of the Science Building on their Marietta property, vendor catalogs, and engineering drawings/blueprints. As part of our mission and goal, we continue to upgrade our Web site with additional visuals to highlight our various archival holdings, among them the Civil War and Southeastern Railroads related collections.

Our work could not be accomplished in a timely manner without our volunteers. The Archives is honored to have Heather Hale as a volunteer working with us, and we acknowledge her invaluable assistance with the creation of a finding aid for the Southern Railway Historical Association Collection of steam locomotive photographs. Heather is a Georgia native and spends some of her spare time, when not at the Museum, researching her family’s genealogy. And if this is not enough, she is working on her Master’s in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England at the same time.

Just recently we launched a short video clip highlighting the Glover Machine Works Collection.

Discover the Southern Museum through Your Child’s Eyes


oung children are born with a built-in curiosity that grows with them in the early years. They are fascinated with components of their environment that we learn to take for granted – lights, shadow, colors, movement, shapes, and designs. Everything is extraordinary to the eyes, ears, and hands of a young child! The Southern Museum provides a unique environment for you and your

child to enjoy together. Introducing children to a museum experience at a young age can provide a foundation for future learning. Let your child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity guide them in discovering the extraordinary objects they would not come into contact with in their everyday world. Look at artwork and artifacts through a child’s eyes – find colors and shapes,

By Judy Parker, Early Childhood Educator

discuss an object’s purpose and where it could be found, compare the objects to familiar objects in their world. You will be amazed at what your child will discover, and what you will experience while discovering the world through a child’s eyes, ears, and other senses!

Run the Great Locomotive Race!


njoy a morning of fun and fitness for the whole family at the Kennesaw Museum Foundation’s first Great Locomotive Race in downtown Kennesaw September 12. The festivities will include a tot trot, 1K family fun run, a 5K race, inflatables, face painting, and more. All proceeds will benefit the Kennesaw Museum Foundation, that supports the Southern Museum. The race will start on Main Street and end in front of the Southern Museum. Runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to

participate, and every participant will have free admission to the Museum for the day. Plus, stay downtown for the annual “Taste of Kennesaw” festival, which begins shortly after the race. To register, please visit

Thanks to Our Corporate Members Ashton Staffing Bentley, Bentley & Bentley Carl Black Buick/Pontiac/GMC Carrabba’s Italian Grill Chastain & Associates Inc. CheckPoint Mortgage Cobb EMC Fontis Water Kennesaw Mountain High School Pacesetter Steel Services Vulcan Materials Company


(Left) Navajo code talkers (and cousins) Preston Toledo and Frank Toledo at Ballarat, Australia, July 7, 1943. Photo courtesy National Archives


(Below) Choctaw telephone squad, 1917–18. Photograph by Dr. Joseph K. Dixon. Courtesy of the William Hammond Mathers Museum, Indiana University

Spring Cleaning At The General Emporium Results in Summer Savings For You! By Henry Higgins


pring cleaning has taken place at the General Emporium and, as a result, we have cut prices on a large selection of summertime inventory. Now is the time to browse the shop and take advantage of the savings. For example, we have taken 25 percent off all T-shirts just in time for hot weather. This special is for both men’s and women’s shirts and in all themes. If you are planning a trip to the Civil War battlefields along the East Coast, we’ve got an excellent guide book on sale for you: the “Insiders’ Guide to Civil War Sites in the Eastern Theater.” This book provides all of the information you need to help plan your trip. Other books have also been reduced for your summertime reading. We have the Museum limited edition coasters on sale to take care of your drinks while you read and large Museum pens with which to take notes. For those of you who have been looking for a special item to decorate a den or family room, check out our collection of Civil War replica muskets and pistols. These nonfiring weapons are as close to the original as you can get and make a welcome addition to any Civil War enthusiast’s room. Come in and browse around – remember, members get 10 percent off all items in the General Emporium! We hope to see you this summer.


American Indian Code Talkers (continued from cover)

code talkers expanded during World War The Southern Museum will celebrate II. Soldiers from the Comanche, Meskwaki, the opening of the exhibition July 25 from Sioux, Crow, Hopi, and Cree nations, 10 AM – 2 PM with several special events among others, took part in the effort. including: The best known of these projects • World War II re-enactors is the formerly classified Navajo Code • Hands-on demonstrations of Native Talker Program, established by the U.S. American Code Talkers cryptography, Marine Corps in 1942. The encoded World War II history and Native messages proved to be fast, accurate and American artifacts indecipherable, which suited the demands • Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites of the battlefield better than the painfully Native American displays slow military devices that had been • Special showing of “The Power of standard. Words: Native Languages as Weapons Through oral histories, Native Words of War” produced by the Smithsonian celebrates and honors this little-reported The Smithsonian Community Grant aspect of American history. In addition program, funded by MetLife Foundation, to 15 large-scale is a proud sponsor banners, the of these public exhibition includes programs. Native videos examining Words, Native the development of Warriors runs the code, battlefield through October experiences, 4 at the Southern and the sharp Museum. turnaround The U.S. many of them military first experienced as they enlisted Native These Marines on Saipan landed with the first troops to hit the beach, 1944. transitioned from Americans to relay Photo courtesy National Archives Indian boarding messages in their schools where they were punished for own languages during World War I. These speaking their native language to using it encoded messages proved undecipherable as their call to duty for their country. by the enemy and helped the United States achieve victory. The involvement of the

calendar July 11 • 2 – 3 PM Kennesaw Historical Society Lecture Series: Christianity and the Civil War Christianity played a major role in the Civil War, from abolition to the development of the United States Christian Commission. Join Robert Jones, author of “A Brief History of Protestantism in the United States,” as he examines how Christianity shaped the Civil War.

July 11 • 5 – 8 PM A Night at the Southern Museum Sponsored by Geico

Join Museum staff members and the hassled security guard as the exhibits come to life during this event, inspired by the popular movies! This theatrical event is fun for all ages, with plenty of opportunities for both kids and adults to interact with various characters.

July 25 • 10 AM – 2 PM Exhibit Opening: Native Words, Native Warriors Celebrate the opening of the latest traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution of Traveling Exhibit Services (SITES). The newest exhibit will focus on how Native Americans used their language to aid American military efforts in both World Wars.

August 6 • 10 AM Mommy & Me: I Spy Shapes Shapes make up everything you see! What kinds of shapes will you find at the Southern Museum?

August 8 • 2 PM – 3 PM Kennesaw Historical Society Lecture Series: Local History of North Georgia The regional history of the north Georgia area weaves a fascinating story, beginning during the times of Native Americans to colonization, from the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution. Join local historians for a discussion about the history of these mountains.

August 27 • 10 AM Mommy & Me: A Ride in the Crummy What’s a crummy, and why would you want to ride in it? Come and find out!

August 29, 10 AM – Noon Children’s History Workshop: Keepsake Boxes Design and make a unique storage box for all of your keepsakes and special treasures! Designed for children 7 and up. Only $7 per child for Southern Museum members, $10 for non-members!

August 13 • 10 AM Mommy & Me: School Days, School Days You don’t have to walk ten miles uphill in the snow to learn how school was different in the 19th century.

August 20 • 10 AM Mommy & Me: All Aboard the Dino Train! It may sound ridiculous, but dinosaurs will drive a train during this fun program!

The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.


Kennesaw Museum Foundation


P.O. Box 846 • Kennesaw, Georgia 30156 770-427-2117 • Fax 770-421-8485

Please visit for more information on upcoming events.

Night Out at the Southern Museum (continued from cover)

there and watching a movie, people who visit the Museum for this event get to walk around ‘after hours,’ and truly feel immersed in the experience. Museum volunteers alongside with local theater participants will be engaging in skits, along with answering questions and holding conversations with visitors.” Legates points out that neither of the “Night at the Museum” films starring Ben Stiller will be shown during the event. “We really want participants to feel like they are a part of the Museum coming to life,” she said. “Everything is very theatrical, and highly interactive.” Lasting from 5PM until 8PM, the last group of visitors will be admitted at 7:15PM. “It’s an ongoing event so you can arrive at any time, but we want

to make sure everyone has enough time to truly enjoy it,” explained Legates. “Also, attendees are advised that it will take at least 45 minutes to fully take advantage of this event, though people are welcome to stay for the full three hours if desired.” Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for children ages four through 12, and free for children three and under. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time through July 8 by visiting the Museum or calling 770.427.2117, ext 3176. Only Visa or MasterCard will be accepted for advance ticket sales. “We look forward to seeing the entire community at this engaging event!” Legates said.

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The Southern Museum Telegraph - July 2009  

Enjoy a Night Out at the Southern Museum • Exhibit Tells Stories of American Indian Code Talkers

The Southern Museum Telegraph - July 2009  

Enjoy a Night Out at the Southern Museum • Exhibit Tells Stories of American Indian Code Talkers