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Fourth of July Parade and Activities Set for Cartersville.

Cartersville’s annual Fourth of July celebration, including a parade, concert and fireworks, is set for Monday, July 4. Stars & Stripes Over Cartersville is presented by the Cartersville Optimist Club in cooperation with WBHF FM 100.3 and AM 1450.  The parade is presented by Metro Kia of Cartersville. This year’s parade theme, “Heroes” Real and Imagined”, will feature as parade Grand Marshalls the real heroes, our local veterans and members of the Carl Boyd Post #42 American Legion along with many of your favorite comic book heroes like Batman, Superman and Captain America to name a few of the imagined heroes. The parade down Main Street in downtown Cartersville begins at 9 a.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church parking lot.  The procession, which leaves Douglas Street, turns right onto Church Street, then continues to make a left on Bartow Street, left on Main Street, left on Stonewall Street and left on East Church Street. It ends back at the church.

 

“We are still actively looking for parade participants”, stated WBHF station manager, Matt Santini, when asked about the parade. “Many communities have discontinued their parades. We are working hard to make our better every year. The Fourth of July Parade is one of the community service projects that we have taken on here at WBHF, and a great deal of time and resources are devoted to it by the entire staff.”

 

Proceeds from the parade benefit local children’s charities through the Cartersville Optimist Club. A parade application and information about the parade can be found on the WBHF radio website at wbhfradio.org and clicking the banner at the top of the page.

 

The July 4th Celebration at Dellinger Park is a community- wide event that includes Arts & Crafts, children’s activities, entertainment and the largest fireworks ever!!  All activities, other than the downtown parade, are at Dellinger Park on the huge football field.  Park activities start at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m.  Superior Plumbing will be providing their top of the line air-conditioned restroom trailer for patron’s comfort at the celebration.

 

Admission to Dellinger Park is free and parking is $5.00 per vehicle. More than 15,000 people are expected to celebrate the Fourth of July at Dellinger Park. Organizers of the activities at Dellinger say that Thanks to City of Cartersville, Bartow County and Century Bank of Georgia that they will again have a huge fireworks display.  Fireworks will launch from Dellinger Park about 9:30 p.m. An Enormous Kid’s Zone will feature huge inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounces, Quad Euro Bungee and more.  There will be a petting zoo, pony rides and even camel rides. 

 

There will also be live entertainment on the Century Bank of Georgia Stage that will feature local entertainment all day then Scott Thompson will play an acoustic set from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Following Scott will be 14-year old Devin Lanning as “Delvis” performing a montage tribute to Elvis!!  After Delvis, Scott will team up with the band and Peachtree Station will start at 8:00 p.m. and take us on a musical ride until fireworks!!

 

You can find more information on the Fourth of July celebration in Cartersville on Facebook by searching “Stars, Stripes and Cartersville”.

 

Downtown Cartersville Art Market

 

Art Market Flyer PRINT

The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is excited to announce our first annual Downtown Art Market. This event evolved out of a partnership with the Booth Photography Guild and the Booth Artists Guild to bring a one of a kind art market to Downtown Cartersville. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, and will be held downtown in Friendship Plaza. The market will feature over 30 artists from the surrounding counties as well as a musician’s showcase, a performance from the Etowah Jazz Society and beer and wine sales from Maine Street Coastal Cuisine. The market will start at 11:00AM and close at 6:00PM, allowing attendees to dine at the many downtown restaurants. This is a free event that is being sponsored by Modern Woodman of America; Garth Gherardini is the local contact for that organization.

The market will feature entertainment from local musicians from 11am-3pm with three amazing bands performing: The Rovers, The Reese Boyd Project, and South of Heaven. The Rovers: Comprised of our very own downtown Cartersville business owners, these talented young, musicians perform an alternative-progressive rock that is original, fresh, and unique. The Reese Boyd Project: Features local 15 year old guitar prodigy; Reese Boyd of Cass High School who plays your favorite B-side rock classics rarely heard unless on your own turntable. South of Heaven: These talented musicians (only 17-19 years old) are from Taylorsville and Armuchee, Georgia. They’ve just released their first CD (now on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Soundcloud) and have been called “The New Wave in Southern Rock” with successful opening slots for David Allen Coe and others.

To close out the evening, following the Musician’s Showcase, the Etowah Jazz Society will play for the remainder of the evening until 6:00PM. The EJS is a group of dedicated local area musicians who love to perform a wide variety of music, ranging from Big Band-era classics and jazz standards to Broadway and pop favorites. Always a big hit, they are the perfect end to a delightful day.

Be sure to follow Downtown Cartersville on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using #visitcartersville. Feel free to call us at (770) 607-3480.

Life in Adairsville: An Anecdotal History of a Small North Georgia Town

 

Cartersville, GA – May 18, 2016 – Bartow History Museum welcomes author, Danny Pelfrey, the force behind the compilation, as well as one of the authors of the 374 page book on the history of Adairsville, to the upcoming evening lecture series on May 26th at 7 p.m. at the museum. The beautiful hardcover volume is entitled, Life in Adairsville: An Anecdotal History of a Small North Georgia Town. Mr. Pelfrey will be available for a book signing following the presentation.

Life in Adairsville is a collection of writings by Mr. Pelfrey, Alice Butler Howard (1894-1991) and Dan Bowdoin (1923-2009). Much of the material for the book first appeared in newspaper columns and other publications over a seventy year time span, however, approximately one-third of the content had not been published prior to the release of his book.

Danny Pelfrey is the Minister of First Christian Church of Adairsville. He spent many years ministering in the Midwest before returning to Georgia a number of years ago to minister to the West Rome Christian Church before finally moving to his home church in Adairsville. He is the author of an inspirational book entitled One-Way Choices in a Wrong-Way World, and a mystery/suspense novel set in Adairsville, Out of Depths, co-written with his wife Wanda. For years Mr. Pelfrey wrote articles for a number of national publications.

The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

 

BHM Presents Savor the Memories Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate your Food Traditions

Savor the Memories

Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate your Food Traditions

Cartersville, GA – May 5, 2016 – The Bartow History Museum welcomes Valerie Frey, who will discuss her latest book, Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate your Food Traditions, on May 18th at noon. Frey will discuss the value of recipes, exploring them as historical documents. She will also talk about working with older recipes, give basic tips on preserving heirloom materials, and briefly discuss what is needed in your “toolkit” to work with family recipes effectively. A book signing will follow. The lecture is free to museum members and included with the price of admission for not-yet-members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About the Book

Heirloom dishes and family food traditions are rich sources of nostalgia and provide vivid ways to learn about our families’ past, yet they can be problematic. Many family recipes and food traditions are never documented in written or photographic form, existing only as unwritten know-how and lore that vanishes when a cook dies. Even when recipes are written down, they often fail to give the tricks and tips that would allow another cook to accurately replicate the dish. Unfortunately, recipes are also often damaged as we plunk Grandma’s handwritten cards on the countertop next to a steaming pot or a spattering mixer, shortening their lives.

The book is a guide for gathering, adjusting, supplementing, and safely preserving family recipes and for interviewing relatives, collecting oral histories, and conducting kitchen visits to document family food traditions from the everyday to special occasions. It blends commonsense tips with sound archival principles, helping you achieve effective results while avoiding unnecessary pitfalls. Chapters are also dedicated to unfamiliar regional or ethnic cooking challenges, as well as to working with recipes that are “orphans,” surrogates, or terribly outdated. Whether you simply want to save a few accurate recipes, help yesterday’s foodways evolve so they are relevant for today’s table, or create an extensive family cookbook, this guidebook will help you to savor your memories.

About the Author

Valerie J. Frey (pronounced “fry”) is a writer and archivist from Athens, Georgia with projects focusing on genealogy, local history, storytelling, material culture, and the everyday home life of our ancestors. Valerie holds degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her archives career began in the Manuscripts Division at the Library of Congress and she went on to serve as an archivist at the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Jewish Archives, and the Georgia Archives. She now writes full time. Her most recent book, Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions was released in November of 2015 through the University of Georgia Press.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

 

It’s About Time Boutique

Dr. Ann McCleary and Keri Adams From the University of West Georgia Will Discuss,The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail

 

April 20, Noon – 1 p.m.

Cartersville, GA – April 11, 2016 – The Bartow History Museum announces Dr. Ann McCleary and Keri Adams from the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia will discuss the Center’s new book, The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail, on April 20th at noon. The book explores the impact of the textile industry on the region extending from Columbus to Dalton and its residual presence today. Cartersville and Bartow County have strong ties to the textile industry. Horse collar pads, tire cord, chenille, and carpet are just a few of the textile products that have been manufactured in Bartow textile mills over the past 100 years.

The lecture is free to museum members and included with the price of admission for not-yet-members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

 

Bartow History Museum invites the public to the opening of its newest feature exhibit, In Remembrance: Mourning Through the Ages

 Bartow History Museum invites the public to the opening of its newest feature exhibit, In Remembrance: Mourning Through the Ages, on Thursday, April 28. The exhibit looks back at some of the rituals and customs associated with mourning beginning with the area’s native population centuries ago through the Victorian Period of the late 19th century to customs of more recent times.

Have you ever wondered where the custom of wearing black after death originated or why flowers are displayed at funerals? Mourning, in the simplest sense, is grief over someone’s death, but the word also describes a set of cultural behaviors in which the bereaved participate or are expected to participate. These customs vary between cultures and evolve over time.

The records and social rituals surrounding death are among history’s most important touchstones. In earlier times, a person’s only record of life may have been a death record, such as an obituary, a death certificate, or a tombstone.

According to Trey Gaines, Director of the Museum, “Through stories, photographs, and objects this exhibit will examine tombstone symbols, memorials, death notices and images, and more.

The opening on April 28 will include a reception for museum members at 6:15 p.m. followed by a public lecture beginning at 7:00 p.m. by the directors of Parnick Jennings Funeral Home, a sponsor of the exhibit.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

 

It’s Game Time!

 

Cartersville, GA – April 11, 2016 –Do you have TROUBLE getting your family to unplug? It’s not a TRIVIAL PURSUIT, but you don’t have a MONOPOLY on this problem. The Bartow History Museum is here to help. Join us for our next Museum After Dark event, Family Game Night, to be held on April 22 from 6-9 p.m. at the museum. Play giant board games, vintage games, and make a MEMORY together. If you miss it you’ll be SORRY. There will be game options for all ages. Registration is not required. The event is free to museum members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

 

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal to speak at the Bartow History Museum

 

March 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Cartersville, GA – March 25, 2016 –

The Bartow History Museum is honored to have Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal and former First Lady Elizabeth Harris at the upcoming Evening Lecture on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  Mrs. Deal will speak about the new book, Memories of Mansion:  The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion, which focuses on the stories and experiences of Georgia’s first families.  The book’s co-authors, Drs. Catherine Lewis and Jennifer Dickey, will also speak briefly about their experiences working with the first families to write the book.

 

Due to the large crowd expected to attend, the program will take place in the theater of the Booth Museum, located adjacent to the Bartow History Museum.  Guests may check in at either museum prior to the program.  Following the program, guests will be invited back to the Bartow History Museum for a book signing and dessert reception.

Designed by Atlanta architect A. Thomas Bradbury and opened in 1968, the mansion has been home to eight first families (from Lester Maddox to Nathan Deal) and houses a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. Often called “the people’s house,” the mansion is always on display, always serving the public. “Memories of the Mansion” tells the story of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion—what preceded it and how it came to be as well as the stories of the people who have lived and worked here since its opening in 1968.

“All homes have a story to tell, and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is no exception,” says first lady Sandra Deal. This richly illustrated book not only documents this extraordinary place and the people who have lived and worked here, but it will also help ensure the preservation of this historic resource so that it may continue to serve the state and its people.

Authors Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis worked closely with the former first families (Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue) to capture behind-the-scenes anecdotes of what life was like in the state’s most public-house.

The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About the Authors

Sandra Deal is the first lady of Georgia. Jennifer W. Dickey is the coordinator of public history and associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University. Catherine M. Lewis is the assistant vice president of Museums, Archives & Rare Books and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University. The book is published through the University of Georgia Press and in cooperation with the University of Georgia Libraries and Kennesaw State University.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past.  The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more.  For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Drs. Catherine Lewis and Jennifer Dickey to Speak About Their New Book,

 

Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion

March 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Cartersville, GA – March 17, 2016 – Drs. Catherine Lewis and Jennifer Dickey will speak about their new book, Memories of Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion at the Bartow History Museum on March 31 at 7 p.m., with a book signing to follow. Memories of the Mansion focuses on the stories and experiences of Georgia’s first families. Also in attendance will be former First Lady Elizabeth Harris.

Designed by Atlanta architect A. Thomas Bradbury and opened in 1968, the mansion has been home to eight first families (from Lester Maddox to Nathan Deal) and houses a distinguished collection of American art and antiques. Often called “the people’s house,” the mansion is always on display, always serving the public. “Memories of the Mansion” tells the story of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion—what preceded it and how it came to be as well as the stories of the people who have lived and worked here since its opening in 1968.

“All homes have a story to tell, and the Georgia Governor’s Mansion is no exception,” says first lady Sandra Deal. This richly illustrated book not only documents this extraordinary place and the people who have lived and worked here, but it will also help ensure the preservation of this historic resource so that it may continue to serve the state and its people.

Authors Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis worked closely with the former first families (Maddox, Carter, Busbee, Harris, Miller, Barnes and Perdue) to capture behind-the-scenes anecdotes of what life was like in the state’s most public-house.

The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other museum programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

About the Authors

Sandra Deal is the first lady of Georgia. Jennifer W. Dickey is the coordinator of public history and associate professor of history at Kennesaw State University. Catherine M. Lewis is the assistant vice president of Museums, Archives & Rare Books and a professor of history at Kennesaw State University. The book is published through the University of Georgia Press and in cooperation with the University of Georgia Libraries and Kennesaw State University.

About Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum, located at 4 East Church Street in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, documents the history of northwest Georgia’s Bartow County, spanning more than 200 years since the Cherokee were the area’s primary residents. Artifacts, photographs, documents, and a variety of interactive permanent exhibits tell the story of settlement, Cherokee life and removal, Civil War strife, and lifestyles of years past. The Bartow History Museum also provides a variety of educational opportunities for adults, children, families, and school groups. Our extensive archives and research library contains photographs, documents, newspapers, rare books, genealogy records, oral history interviews, and more. For additional information, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.