History museum offers pirate camp during winter break

Written by  The Daily Tribune News

The Caribbean isn’t the only place filled with pirates.

Young pirates will be sailing into Cartersville next month during the weeklong Bartow Buccaneers Winter Break Camp 2015 at the Bartow History Museum.

“Winter can be a hard time to have a break from school,” said Kelly Watters, manager of programs for the museum. “It is cold and wet, and kids can’t play outside as much. Camp is a wonderful alternative to staying at home with a babysitter. Winter camp at Bartow History Museum is a great way for kids to get out, meet new friends, learn new, fun games and use their creativity.”

The camp for ages 5 to 11 will be Feb. 17-20 from 9 a.m. to noon, and due to the varied winter break dates for Bartow County schools this year, parents can sign up their children for individual days or the whole week, according to the museum’s website.

Watters said the museum did a one-day pirate event in 2013 but hasn’t done a weeklong pirate camp for winter break before.

“It was very well-received, and the campers had a blast,” she said. “We want to make this entertaining camp experience available to a new group of children.”

Pirates are “such a fun and age-appropriate theme” for kids in this age group, Watters said.

“We are able to make pirate scavenger hunts, stories, games, even pirate snacks, and the campers love getting into character,” she said. “I am so excited for these pirate games and crafts. Over several days, campers will make their own pirate outfit complete with hooks for picking up treasure, eye patches to add a level of difficulty for walking the plank, pirate hats and spy glasses to hunt out treasure.”

One new activity added to this camp, which will be run by two or three trained museum education employees and a junior volunteer, is a group project, Watters said.

“Over four days, campers get to work together to build their own pirate island,” she said. “They even get to challenge each other in a sea battle and go on a treasure hunt.”

The young campers “really seem to enjoy the pirate costume-making the most,” Watters said.

“They love to play the pirate games dressed as their own unique pirate character,” she said.

The museum offers a winter break camp every year and tries to develop a different theme for each.

“Last year, it was fun Olympics because of the Winter Games; the year before, we did Crafting the Past,” Watters said. “We make sure that each camp theme is full of interactive games and crafts.”

Each camp usually has nine to 12 children attending, Watters said.

“However, our recent programs have been filling to capacity,” she said. “We can accommodate up to 15 children per camp. We like to keep the camp group relatively small so that the children are able to make friends and receive one-on-one attention from camp leaders.”

The cost of the camp is $18 a day or $72 for the week for museum members and $20 a day or $80 for the week for non-members, the website said.

The deadline to register for the camp is Monday, Feb. 9, but if it doesn’t fill up, the museum will take registrations until Feb. 13. To register, parents should call 770-387-2774.

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


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 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

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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 or
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,, 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.”