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BHM exhibit highlights Cartersville resident’s 1952 televised wedding

by:  Marie Nesmith   The Daily Tribune  News
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Elizabeth Shadburn watches her 1952 wedding that was broadcast on national television and is now part of an exhibit at the Bartow History Museum. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Elizabeth Shadburn watches her 1952 wedding that was  broadcast on national television and is now part of an exhibit at the Bartow  History Museum. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

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With a video of their wedding featured in the  Bartow History Museum’s newest exhibit, Minor and Elizabeth Shadburn’s marriage  ceremony is gaining a new set of viewers.
Airing on the television  program “Bride & Groom,” the wedding was filmed in New York and initially  broadcast across the country in 1952. Along with supplying a gown, the show also  provided the couple with household gifts and a paid honeymoon trip.
“I  was a bookkeeper and I worked down on Main Street. … The TV was on all the  time and I used to see at 10 o’clock a program that came on called ‘Bride &  Groom’ and that’s how I got curious,” said Cartersville resident Elizabeth  Shadburn, whose husband passed away more than 10 years ago. “I thought, ‘Well,  let’s just see what you have to do to get on there.’ So I wrote and they sent me  the information. You had to write a story of your romance and different things  like that. So we worked on it I guess for about a month to get it lined up. So I  did send it and one evening, we hadn’t even really set a date … they brought a  special delivery letter to me.
“We had been accepted as one of the  contestants. So we had to pay our own way there and back but after the wedding  everything was furnished then. It was quite an experience. At that time, the  stores closed and they had parties all over town. … My mother didn’t have a TV  so she went down the street [and watched it] with a group down there. So it was  an exciting time.”
Presented by Stiles Jewelers and Tonsmeire Studio, “To  Have and To Hold: Wedding Customs and Traditions” is on display through Aug. 31.  Along with Shadburn’s wedding video, the exhibit features wedding attire and  objects from the 1850s to 1970s.
“The idea for the wedding exhibit, we’ve  had for several years,” said Trey Gaines, director of the BHM, 4 E. Church St.  in Cartersville. “It’s something that we’ve wanted to do to highlight …  wedding dresses we have in our collection as well as some other wedding-related  items — jewelry, wedding stories, those kinds of things — that we have and  haven’t been able to put on display. So we wanted to do an exhibit around those  items.
“… We chose this time of year to do this exhibit because it’s  quote-unquote the wedding season. So we wanted to really highlight the  collection and give people the opportunity that are out — either they’re getting  married or they’re attending weddings this summer — [to view this exhibit]. They  have weddings on their minds. So it’s a good opportunity to come out and learn  more about these wedding traditions and customs that we have as well as see some  of these great items that the museum can show.”
In addition to viewing  the exhibit each Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., patrons also can  participate in a raffle featuring various prizes donated by local individuals  and businesses.
Tickets for the drawing — to be held June 19 during the  museum’s Lunch and Learn lecture from noon to 1 p.m. — are $15 apiece or three  for $40. Ticketholders do not have to be in attendance to win.
For more  information on the exhibit or raffle items, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6286, or  visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased in the museum’s gift  shop or by calling 770-387-2774.

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Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber hosts quarterly luncheon

by:   Monica Burge     Neighbor  Newspapers
May 07, 2013 11:45  AM | 389 views

Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini touted the  city’s most recent accomplishments during the first quarterly luncheon hosted by  the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Monday.
Santini told a  sold-out crowd that the city has been committed to its mission of providing  dependable service while preserving quality of life for its citizens.
The  mayor said the city’s motto — Be charmed. Be prosperous. Belong. — has helped  drive efforts to improve the community for those who live in Cartersville, do  business in the area and those who pass through as visitors.
“There are  many great things about our community that make a great first impression and  also a lasting impression,” Santini said.
Santini said the addition of a  new public safety headquarters, a new fire station and the recently completed  Main Street Gateway project are benefits to the city’s improvement  efforts.
He also said the recycling program implemented in 2012 has been  a success, with about 1,600 participants who divert 7 percent of the city’s  household trash from the Bartow County Landfill.
Santini also said a  $300,000 grant allowed the city to upgrade lighting in some of its facilities,  which saves about $30,000 a year.
In addition to the services it  provides, Santini said the city has much to be proud of in what it offers the  community.
The city’s area museums, which include the Booth Western Art  Museum, Tellus Science Museum and the Bartow History Museum, have attracted  about 1.3 million visitors, Santini said.
The conference center has  brought in 180,000 visitors; last year alone there were 60,000 he  said.
Santini said the economic impact of those visitors is some $2.8  million.
Santini also highlighted the accomplishments of the city’s  school system, noting in particular Cartersville High School and its silver  ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
“Schools are an important part of  the city of Cartersville,” Santini said.  “We all know that a strong school  system and a quality education is an important part of economic  development.”
Santini said the city’s “thriving” downtown district has  helped attract new businesses as well as sustain established ones.
He  said community programs such as the Citizens Academy and the Habitat Program,  which is partnered with Habitat for Humanity, have been successful and give a  sense of belonging to citizens.
Santini said the city continues to build  upon its success.
“Cartersville continues to be a place where you can be  charmed, be prosperous and belong,” Santini said.
Parnick Jennings, who  is part of the committee that organized the luncheon, said the plan is to have  the event every quarter to inform the community about what goes on in Bartow  County.
Commissioner Steve Taylor will give a state of the county address  at the planned quarterly luncheon in August.

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Service league presents $46K to charities

by:  Marie Nesmith     The Daily Tribune  News
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With the public’s assistance, the  Cartersville Service League recently was able to distribute a total of $46,000  among 21 organizations.
“All of the money is a combination of our Rummage  Sale from last fall, our Poinsettia Sale from last Christmas and the Ways &  Means Dance that was in January,” said Michele Ledbetter, CSL’s Project Search  chairman. “Obviously, we could not have done any of those things without the  community’s involvement and support. They have been wonderful in supporting all  of these things over the years and in the past year especially.”
This  year’s recipients included Advocates for Children, Bartow Christmas, Bartow  County Special Olympics, Bartow County Library System, Bartow County Teacher  Grant program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Bartow Family Resources,  Bartow Give a Kid a Chance, Cartersville Schools Foundation, Cartersville  Schools Foundation — GateKey program, Etowah Scholarship Foundation, The Good  Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Hands of Christ’s Douglas Street site, Bartow County  Juvenile Court, Least of These, New Beginnings Food Outreach, Tranquility House,  Steps of Faith, Bartow History Museum, Cartersville Little League and WinShape  Camps for Communities.
At the Etowah Scholarship Foundation, the  CSL donation will fund student scholarships. Each year, the foundation awards  more than 150 scholarships, valued between $500 and $5,000 apiece.
“All  $8,000 will go right back into students’ hands this spring,” said Daniel  Lochridge, chairman of the board for the Etowah Scholarship Foundation. “[The  scholarships will go] to various students [and] that’s going to help them have a  education. [A scholarship sometimes] makes the difference on whether they get an  education or not. So, obviously, it’s very important.”
Established in  1941, the CSL is comprised of about 40 Bartow County women, who serve six-year  terms and perform at least 60 hours per year of community service.
Some  of their outreach efforts include tutoring children weekly at the Boys &  Girls Clubs’ Cartersville Unit, volunteering at the Cartersville Public Library  and the Special Olympics, conducting hearing and vision screenings for  kindergarten students in the Bartow County School System, and providing a weekly  meal to Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter residents. They also equip area  children with school supplies, gifts and necessities throughout the  year.
“One thing that’s different about the Service League versus Junior  Leagues in other communities is we do focus on the service as much as or more  than the fundraising aspect,” Ledbetter said. “One of our new service  commitments this year was we now work at the Bartow County Library. Once a week,  we have two ladies that go and work at the library for a couple of hours and  volunteer in the children’s department.
“We just do whatever they need  for us to do — sometimes it’s cutting out items for upcoming children’s events  that they have going on, sometimes it’s shelving books. … The big focus for  our service is anything to help children in Bartow County. We always try to make  sure that it focuses on the children and that’s why we still go to the Boys & Girls Club once a week and serve dinner once a week at Flowering  Branch.”
For more information about the Service League, visit  www.cartersvilleserviceleague.com.

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Remembering the Past: Civil War-related events highlight Confederate History and Heritage Month

by:  Marie Nesmith     The Daily Tribune  News

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Civil War Events

Re-enactors Steve Boliver, from left, Joe Carver, Dale Black, Charlie Jackson, Gary Turner, Allen Black and Timothy Bryson perform a rifle salute during the Cassville Confederate Memorial Service. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News, File view slideshow (3 images)

In the midst of Confederate History and  Heritage Month, a bevy of Civil War-related events are taking shape across the  county. Referred to as living history offerings, the programs will help  attendees discover what life was like about 150 years ago, when more than 90,000  Union troops marched into Bartow.
“The Civil War touched Bartow County in  a number of ways,” said Trey Gaines, director of the Bartow History Museum, 4 E.  Church St. in Cartersville. “One, obviously a lot of families were affected as  far as family members going off and being soldiers in the war. We were also  impacted when troops began moving through Bartow County later in the war. There  was a battle at Allatoona Pass in October of 1864 and then prior to that  thousands and thousands of troops had moved through Bartow County.
“The  Great Locomotive Chase took place in northwest Georgia but much of it occurred  right here in Bartow County. Kingston and Cassville both have connections to the  war. There were hospitals and troop movements through both of those areas.  Cassville was the county seat during the war and prior to the war of the then  Cass County. Cassville was destroyed during the war and was not able to rebuild  and Cartersville was voted to be the county seat shortly after the  war.”
The Civil War Comes to Kingston
On April 20 from 9 a.m. to 4  p.m., the Kingston Woman’s History Club Inc. will highlight the Civil War’s  impact on their town with The Civil War Comes to Kingston event. Along with  Confederate and Union re-enactor demonstrations, the free offering also will  feature concerts, cannon demonstrations and presentations from seven local  historians: Bob Crowe, Clent Coker, D.J. Gould, Louise Young-Harris, Joe Head,  Robert Jones and Gaines.
Known for coining the term “Heart of the Chase,” Head’s address will focus on Bartow’s role in the Great Locomotive  Chase.
During the Chase, civilian spy James Andrews and his Union  accomplices tried to disrupt a key supply line of the Confederacy on April 12,  1862. After stealing the General locomotive in Cobb County, they planned to  destroy the Western & Atlantic Railroad’s tracks and telegraph lines en  route to Chattanooga, Tenn. Their plan was spoiled, however, when a southbound  freight train pulled by the Texas locomotive decided to help pursue the General,  traveling in reverse from south of Adairsville to catch Andrews north of  Ringgold.
“I will go ahead and talk about the story from A to Z — the  hijacking of the General in Kennesaw or Big Shanty and then its eventual mission  failure, which ended just north of Ringgold,” said Head, who also is a member of  the Etowah Valley Historical Society. “But I will do more of my discussion about  the events in Bartow County because the event itself primarily unfolded mostly  in Bartow County. The event had more activity, stops, if you will, encounters  [and] distance [in this county, and] all of the Chase engines for instance that  pursued the General were acquired in Bartow County. So I’m going to go into some  depth about our role and why we should be as proud or if not prouder than even  Cobb County.
“The embedded story I’m going to tell is going to be that of  … Uriah Stephens [who] was working as a station agent in Kingston. … [He]  knew the operation of the state-owned Western & Atlantic Railroad and when  the Raiders arrived in Kingston, he was immediately suspicious of their story  and the manner in which they arrived and what they were insisting upon. And he  challenged them. So I’m going to tell his story. So I’ve got a story within a  story, and the beauty of it is I’m going to be able to really showcase why  Bartow is the ‘Heart of the Chase.’”
For more information about The Civil  War Comes to Kingston, call Nettie Holt at 770-386-0146.
Civil War Comes  Alive!
Like the Kingston event, Civil War Comes Alive! will provide  insight into this time period through re-enactors, demonstrations and musical  performances. Presented by the Bartow History Museum and the Booth Western Art  Museum, the event will be held April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is  our third year to hold the event and really it’s just an opportunity for us to  look back 150 years ago at the events of the Civil War and what led to it, what  some of the causes of it [were] but also what it was like to live in the time  period both on the home front and the battlefront,” Gaines said. “So you get to  experience both sides of the war.
“[I hope people will gain] an  appreciation for the events of the time [and] the people who lived during the  war and what they experienced. [For example] if you were a soldier, what that  was like to be away from family while fighting in the war but then also back  here at home, what it was like to make do or live without lots of your family  members around and experience soldiers or armies marching through your town,  your home. … [This] is definitely a family event. It’s a great opportunity for  kids to come out and really learn more about the war by witnessing [the  demonstrations] and experiencing some of the things — you hear about it and read  about it in school and this is an opportunity for you to experience some of  it.”
Along with touring the Cartersville museums, patrons will be able to  listen to Civil War music, talk with re-enactors portraying Union and  Confederate soldiers, and examine art and artifacts of the time period. Cannon  firing demonstrations will occur at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30  p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Booth’s festival grounds, 501  Museum Drive in Cartersville. The event also will feature a Bull Run/Manassas  presentation by actor Kathy Kaemmerlen at 10:30 a.m., a delivery of the  Gettysburg Address at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m, performances by the 8th Regiment  Band at noon and 2:30 p.m., and the recitation of letters penned by members of  the U.S. Colored Troops at 1:30 p.m.
Admission to the event will be $10  for adults, $8 for senior individuals, $7 for students, $3 for children 12 and  younger, and free for Booth members, Bartow History Museum members and active  military personnel with identification. Along with entrance into Civil War Comes  Alive!, the admission fees will gain visitors access into both  museums.
For more information about Civil War Comes Alive!, call  770-387-1300 or visit www.boothmuseum.org or  www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.
Increased Tourism
Since April 2011,  which marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, Regina  Wheeler — deputy director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention &  Visitors Bureau — said she is continuing to see a renewed interest in Bartow’s  Civil War-related sites and offerings.
According to the Bartow History  Museum’s data, “By May 1864, more than 90,000 Federal troops had passed through  Bartow County. While many local refugees fled, others remained to witness the  occupation of Kingston by Gen. William T. Sherman and his men. It was from here  in November 1864 that Sherman made preparations for his ‘March to the Sea.’ That  same month, orders were given to destroy Cassville.”
From the trenches at  the Allatoona Pass Battlefield to Confederate gravesites and inscriptions left  in residences from a once-occupying Union force, reminders of the Civil War are  throughout Bartow County. Along with artifacts and structures that date back to  the 1800s, the war’s aftereffects still can be seen in the area’s landscape and  the birth of Cartersville’s prominence after becoming the county’s  seat.
“Heritage tourism is something that while it may be a new buzz word  for many communities, it’s been something that has long brought people here to  Bartow County to visit attractions not only related to the Civil War but also to  our rich Native American history that we have here as well as many other facets  of our history and shaping of Georgia and also the U.S.,” Wheeler said. “Bartow  County has a very unique standing within the Civil War.
“[We had] early  on actions, such as the Great Locomotive Chase, which celebrated its  sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary last year, that took place but also other  skirmishes, battles. Then more activity began as we approached 1864 and then  even our county was vital to reconstruction as well. The last surrender east of  the Mississippi took place in Kingston. And then in reconstruction efforts — having the rail lines through our community was very important to getting goods  in and out and kind of the rebuilding effort of the South.”
To help  promote Civil War-related events, the CVB’s website,  www.visitcartersvillega.org, will continually post local happenings, such as Red  Top Mountain State Park’s Spring at the Homestead on April 27 and 28; and three  events honoring Confederate Memorial Day: Gen. P.M.B. Young Chapter of the  United Daughters of the Confederacy Chapter No. 2373’s observance at the Stiles  Auditorium in Cartersville April 20 at 11 a.m.; Stiles-Akin Camp No. 670 Sons of  Confederate Veterans’ service at Cassville Confederate Cemetery April 27 at 9  a.m.; and the 149th Annual Kingston Confederate Memorial Day Service at Kingston  Baptist Church April 28 at 2:30 p.m.
“[Due to the Civil War’s  sesquicentennial] we expect to see increased visitation over the next several  years,” Wheeler said. “It just maybe brings people that haven’t thought to visit  their ancestors, where their ancestors’ fought or where those battles took  place. It kind of brings them out. In terms of what people see when they get  [here], it could be as simple as tracking down all of the state historic sites,  all of the state historic markers, if you will. …
“There are various  events throughout the year [at Allatoona Pass] that people can go enjoy and  actually have a guided tour, things like that. But then with other attractions,  such as the Booth museum’s War is Hell Gallery, that really brings it to life  for a lot of people. Of course, they’re hosting events here in the month of  April. And then there will be tours and other things throughout the year that  take place from Adairsville all the way to Emerson and beyond. There are plenty  of attractions related specifically to the Civil War that will bring you a  renewed interest and a renewed appreciation of the Civil War, which really  changed the shape of America.”

 

Civil War Comes Alive at Bartow History Museum

 
Tony Potts
04-05-2013
Throughout the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, two Cartersville museums, Bartow History Museum and Booth Western Art Museum, are partnering to produce an event, Civil War Comes Alive! each April, through 2015. Meant to teach visitors about all aspects of the Civil War, this year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bartow History Museum and Booth Western Art Museum.

Visitors will experience life on the home front, listen to authentic music, chat with soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies, view Civil War art and artifacts, watch cannon demonstrations, and so much more! Civil War Comes Alive! will feature medical practices, blacksmithing, and signaling, plus infantry, sutler, and cavalry camps. An artillery camp will also be set up on the Booth Museum grounds and will demonstrate cannon firings at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

`We are excited to announce this educational event, not only because it coincides with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, but also because Bartow County has so many ties to the war,` said Bartow History Museum Executive Director Trey Gaines. `We had the Battle at Allatoona here in Bartow County, and also produced several Officers from this area. Civil War Comes Alive! will be an opportunity for visitors – of all ages – to experience the various aspects of the war and hopefully gain a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the men who served.`

Local entities plan closures for Good Friday, spring break events

 by: Mark Andrews The Daily Tribune  News
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Today, all Bartow County and Cartersville  city government offices will be closed, along with the Bartow County Library  System.
While the library will be closed, the Cartersville branch will be  hosting some special events for youth while schools are out for spring break  beginning Monday, April 1.
Events include “Angry Birds Live” for K-5  students. According to the library’s calendar, “Kids can drop-in, make an ‘Angry  Bird’ craft and try to knock out the ‘Bad Piggies’ in this live-action version  of the popular video game,” on Wednesday, April 3, from 1:30 to 3:30  p.m.
“Girl’s Club,” for ages 8 to 13, will be held Thursday, April 4,  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The library encourages female “tweens” to “‘Mallow’ out at  the library with the marshmallow themed program features games, treats and  crafts.” Registration is preferred.
The Bartow History museum will offer  spring break camps for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 11 years old next  week.
According to a press release, “‘Let’s Make Music’ will take place  on Monday, April 1, for children ages 4 to 6 years old and on Tuesday, April 2,  for ages 7 to 11 years old. ‘Toys and Games Galore’ will take place on  Wednesday, April 3, for children ages 4 to 6 years old and on Thursday, April 4,  for ages 7 to 11 years old.
“During ‘Let’s Make Music,’ campers will  explore different styles of music, enjoy making musical instruments and learn  about the various instruments used in popular songs. ‘Toys and Games Galor’ will  give campers the opportunity to dive into the world of toys and games as they  test their creative skills — they will even try their hand at building a moving  toy snake.”
The camps will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon, with light  refreshments being offered each day. The price is $18 for members and $20 for  not-yet-members. Advanced registration is required.
To register for camp,  call 770-387-3849. Camps will take place at the Bartow History Museum, 4 E.  Church St. in downtown Cartersville. Parking is available next to the building.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext.  6288, or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.
For students who can’t get  enough science, Tellus Science Museum is offering a $2 coupon for April  1-5.
“The coupon will be available on our Facebook page beginning [today]  and people can go online and print them out,” Marketing Director Joe Schullman  said.

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Local museums to expand youth programs in April

Local museums to expand youth  programs in April
by:  Mark Andrews  The Daily Tribune  News
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Bartow History Museum and Tellus Science  Museum are adding additional programs next month to reach out to local  youth.
The history museum will offer spring break camps for children ages  4 to 6 and 7 to 11 years old during the first week of April.
According  to a press release, “‘Let’s Make Music’ will take place on Monday, April 1, for  children ages 4 to 6 years old and on Tuesday, April 2, for ages 7 to 11 years  old. ‘Toys and Games Galore’ will take place on Wednesday, April 3, for children  ages 4 to 6 years old and on Thursday, April 4, for ages 7 to 11 years old.
“During ‘Let’s Make Music,’ campers will explore different styles of  music, enjoy making musical instruments and learn about the various instruments  used in popular songs. ‘Toys and Games Galor’ will give campers the opportunity  to dive into the world of toys and games as they test their creative skills — they will even try their hand at building a moving toy snake.”
The Camps  will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon, with light refreshments being offered each  day. The price is $18 for members and $20 for not-yet-members. Advanced  registration is required.
To register for camp, call 770-387-3849. Camps  will take place at the Bartow History Museum, 4 E. Church St. in downtown  Cartersville. Parking is available next to the building. For more information on  this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288, or visit  www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.
Following the week of local city and county  schools’ spring break, Tellus Science Museum will host its Spring Break Escape  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8-12.
“What we want to do is add a little  flair to spring break this year and give people a reason to come back to the  museum and have a little fun and learn something,” Marketing Director Joe  Schulman said. “It’s a little bit of some added value for visitors because  they’re going to see everything we normally have in the museum plus some extra  activities that are geared toward kids.”
He added, “The goal of the  museum is to educate the public, and so any time we can do that and have it be  fun at the same time, that’s always been what we’re about — education and  fun.”
The event schedule is as follows:
• Monday, April 8 —  “Explore the fascinating world of rocks with a special emphasis on the rocks of  the Grand Canyon. Bring in your rocks for identification.”
• Tuesday,  April 9 — “Learn how the Wright brothers were inspired to create the control  system of their aircraft using an inner tube box.”
• Wednesday, April 10 — “Using minerals from your gem panning experience we will study the various  colors, luster, streak and hardness using minerals found from the Vulcan  Materials Gem Panning area at Tellus.”
• Thursday April 11 — “Study  fossils; small ones under a stereoscope and larger fossils too.”
• Friday, April 12 — “Optical Illusions always fascinate. Come visit different  activity stations to see why your eye sees what it sees.”
For more  information, visit www.tellusmuseum.org, or call 770-606-5700.

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BHM Offers Spring Break Camps for Kids

Bartow History Museum in Cartersville is offering two Spring Break camps—”Toys and Games Galore” and “Let’s Make Music”—for children 4 to 11 years old.

Looking for something do with the kids during Spring Break, which is April 1 to 5 for bothCartersville City and Bartow County schools.

Bartow History Museum is one local organization offering Spring Break camps. Participants, ages 4 through 11, are set play games, make crafts, and of course, learn a lot, according to staffers.

The one-day camps, which start at 9 a.m. and end at noon, are priced at $18 to $20. Learn more about the camps and how to register:

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Wedding exhibit opens at Bartow History Museum

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Director of the Bartow History Museum, Trey Gaines, inspects one of the wedding dresses that will be on display in their upcoming exhibit.

Director of the Bartow History Museum, Trey Gaines, inspects one of the wedding dresses that will be on display in their upcoming exhibit.

One of the oldest known rituals, the centuries old tradition of holy matrimony, has been ever-evolving through the years.

Cultural influences and family customs bind bride and groom tying the knot and the history behind the ceremony sheds light into an important stage in the lives joined.

The Bartow History Museum examines the history of wedding customs and traditions in a temporary exhibit that opens March 28, at 6:30 p.m., with a reception and special program.

To Have and To Hold: Wedding Customs and Traditions features information and items from wedding ceremonies throughout the years.

Museum director Trey Gaines said several pieces in the exhibit are from local weddings and much of the information comes from the museum’s archives and collections.

“We have a great collection of wedding dresses and other objects representing weddings, including accessories, gifts, and books,” Gaines said. “We want people to come and see the exhibit and explore traditions associated with weddings.”

Among the collection is a dress from a wedding dating back to the 1850s made from sugar sacks, illustrating the use by some brides of readily available materials to make their wedding dress. The exhibit also contains video and pictures. Museum archives assistant Sandy Moore said the exhibit helps usher in the unofficial start to the wedding season.

“Everybody loves a wedding,” Moore said. “This is a good way to see some vintage wedding material and learn something new. It’s also a great way to exhibit some items from our collection and archives that are not on permanent display.”

A unique feature of the exhibit is a section dedicated to Tom Thumb Weddings.

Inspired by Charles Stratton, a little person who found fame with P.T. Barnum, and his marriage to Lavinia Warren in 1863, , the weddings featured children showcased as a wedding party — complete with bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen and minister. Gaines said the mock weddings often were staged by schools or churches for fun or as fundraisers.

To Have and to Hold runs through Aug. 31 and can be viewed during museum hours Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $4.50 for seniors and students.

Information: www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or (770) 382-3818.

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Students craft the past during camp

Students craft the past during  camp
by:  Mark Andrews   The Daily Tribune  News
Caroline Lanier carefully paints a pattern on her stick creature at Tuesday’s Bartow History Museum “Crafting the Past” children’s camp. The camp included crafts and games. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Caroline Lanier carefully paints a pattern on her  stick creature at Tuesday’s Bartow History Museum “Crafting the Past” children’s  camp. The camp included crafts and games. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune  News

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Bartow History Museum staffer Kristi Ferguson helps Greg Olson get his tree tapestry started. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News

Bartow History Museum staffer Kristi Ferguson helps  Greg Olson get his tree tapestry started. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune  News

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Children from across Bartow County on Monday  and Tuesday were given the opportunity to experience activities and games from  the pioneer past as the Bartow History Museum held its “Crafting the Past” winter break camp.
Susan Yark with Bartow History Museum explained the  intent of the two-day camp was to help children see how youth in pioneer days  created their own toys and games. The camp also involved some modern aspects for  participants.
“We learned that kids in the past played with sticks, so we  painted a base coat on [sticks] and put decorations and yarn wigs on them and,  of course, the googly eyes,” Yark said.
Other activities included  weaving, candle dipping and a tour of the museum.
“[It’s important] to  recognize the difference of what happens now and what happened in the past,” Yark said. “And the chores they had to do, like candlemaking — it’s fun for us,  but [pioneers] had to do it once a year for the whole year’s lighting of their  cabin.”
Camp participants also played games, such as the Cherokee bean  dice game and a Cherokee game called “firekeeper.”
“[Firekeeper] uses  craft sticks that are painted to look like fire. We take a bandanna hankerchief  and put it around the eyes as a blindfold for the firekeeper,” Yark said. “The  other children try to steal a stick one at a time and the Cherokee children  learned how to be quiet when they were hunting.”
While the camp taught  from the past, a modern craft — the Styrofoam and yarn octopus — was the crowd  favorite for Tuesday, which included children ages 7 to 11. Monday’s camp was  geared toward children ages 4 to 6.
“We’ve been making arts and crafts,  weaving, and we’ve made candles and stuff like that. It’s been a lot of fun,” Euharlee Elementary School third-grader Dylan Hankins said.
Both Hankins  and fellow camp participant Cody Stewart, a fourth-grader at Taylorsville  Elementary School, said they enjoyed crafting the Styrofoam and yarn octopus as  well as playing and exploring in the museum’s history nook.
Program  volunteers and staff said one of the less popular activities was weaving,  leaving some children frustrated with the difficult nature of the activity and  unable to complete their project before the end of camp. However, that wasn’t  the case for Caroline Lanier, a third-grader at TES.
“Weaving was hard  … but that was my favorite part,” Lanier said. “I finished everything.”

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