Kennesaw museum redevelopment gets funding go ahead

June 14, 2013 by  

Funds to pay for the redevelopment of the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw have been approved, with work likely to get under way within a matter of weeks.

For many years now, the museum has acted as the data bank for a litany of historical documents. However, as time has progressed, the present facilities simply cannot cope with all the letters, diaries, photographs, and other printed literature needing to be stored.

Now though, the tried and tested crafts of commercial poster printing and letter writing will be protected in a whole new facility. Ground will be broken to create the new Railroad Education Center Library and Archives this summer.

It will be a big project too, comprising 15,000 square-foot of space, in addition to the storage areas the museum has already.

Approval to fund the project was granted at a recent Kennesaw City Council meeting, on Monday, June 3.

The agreement passed by the council members allows the museum to officially accept a $500,000 grant to start the works. The grant comes from the Georgia Department of Transportation, and will be added to the $125,000 city cash already headed to the project.

However, with a slated cost of $1.1m, the library and archive center project still requires a good deal of fundraising efforts to take place.

The remaining cash is to be generated by the museum itself, so there should be a wealth of events and activities being promoted with the help of print companies in the area soon.