News & Upcoming Events
Guest Lecture Series
The 2022 summer guest lecture series concludes with Gene Eric Salecker on August 25. He will talk about his book Destruction of the Steamboat Sultana: The Worst Maritime Disaster in American History. The Sultana was a sidewheel Mississippi steamboat carrying almost two thousand recently released Union prisoners of war back north at the end of the Civil War. At 2:00am on April 27, 1865, her boilers exploded. Almost 1,200 people perished in the worst maritime disaster in United States history. Salecker is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the Sultana Disaster and owns the largest collection of Sultana memorabilia. He is a retired police officer and middle school teacher, and consultant for the Sultana Disaster Museum, Marion, Arkansas.
When: Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
Cost: FREE and open to the public
*This series is made possible by generous support from Georgia Humanities
Motors at the Museum
Enjoy a car show on the museum grounds with food vendors and a swap meet area. Registration is $20 per vehicle at the gate. All vehicles welcome. For more information call 706-527-7365.
When: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Cost: FREE admission to the grounds, $5 museum admission
Mystery at the Museum
Join us for a murder mystery dinner theatre and fundraiser. A celebrity chef cook-off is taking place at the museum this fall. As exciting as it sounds, one of the world famous cooks winds up getting FRIED! But don't worry, Jessica Fletcher and her crew of sleuths is on the case to find out who sauteed the sous chef! Don't miss MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM: TOASTED! Do you have what is takes to crack the case? Bring some friends and find out!
When: 7:00pm on October 27, 28, 29 & 30, November 3, 4, 6, 10, 11 & 12
Interested in history? Like meeting new people? Have some time to volunteer? This is your perfect opportunity. The museum is looking for volunteers to serve as tour guides and guest services representatives. Scheduling is flexible and no extensive knowledge of Civil War naval history is necessary. Training will be provided. Attend a meet-up and see if this is a good fit for you.
When: First Monday of the month @ 1:00pm
RSVP appreciated but not required
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