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January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Below are the minutes from all committees that met in January 2015, including the minutes from the Downtown Development Authority of Cartersville board meeting.

Promotions Committee

Design Committee

DDA/Main Street Board

Rolling Waters Book Talk and Signing

 

 

 

 

Rolling Waters Book Talk and Signing

On Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 p.m., Bartow History Museum welcomes guest speaker and author, Phyllis Rich Carpenter.  Carpenter wrote Rolling Waters: A Southern Memoir, a true story of tragedy and mystery that spans over 50 years.

In November 1957, two friends, both accomplished sportsmen, headed out on the Etowah River for a day of duck hunting, a ritual repeated thousands of times by hunters everywhere, every season. When they did not return, family, friends, neighbors, National Guard, and other state agencies launched a massive search – an event that became front-page news and put the members of two large, close-knit families on an indefinite hold. Read about the ensuing weeks of mystery, discovery, and trauma – as seen through the eyes of the eleven-year-old daughter of one of the men. Don’t miss her “true definition of closure” which will resonate with survivors, victims and readers alike. Fast forward to present-day, and the mystery takes on new life when the grandsons of one of the men undertake a brand new search and uncover an unexpected treasure. Rolling Waters is an intimate story told candidly, but with heart, love, and above all, hope.  Refreshments will be served, and the author will sign copies of the book after her presentation.

The Evening Lecture will take place at the Bartow History Museum located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  Parking is available next to the building.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6286 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

Comedy & Beer

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Recap of 2014

Downtown Cartersville experienced a great year in 2014! Click here to view the recap of the various events, activities and efforts of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority in 2014.

World War II and the Bell Bomber Plant

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World War II and the Bell Bomber Plant

 

Bartow History Museum welcomes Joe Kirby, writer and historian, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at noon.  Kirby will discuss his book The Bell Bomber Plant, which tells the story of the aviation plant in Marietta that turned out 668 B-29 Superfortress Bombers during World War II.

Joe Kirby is the editorial page editor at the Marietta Daily Journal and has earned numerous professional awards throughout his career.  In addition to his book on the Bell Bomber plant, he is also the co-author on a book on the history of Marietta.

The Bell Bomber Plant tells the story of how a workforce of farmers and thousands of Rosie the Riveters proved surprisingly adept at mastering the technical challenges of building bombers, and of how the plant jump-started the transformation of Cobb County.  Through text and over 200 images, the book recounts how local leaders persuaded the federal government to build an airfield in Marietta that became the plant that built some of the largest and most technically advanced airplanes of that time.

This lecture and book signing event is the first program held in conjunction with the Bartow History Museum’s current feature exhibition “Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II.”  The exhibit is on loan from Kennesaw State University and will be on display through March 28, 2015.

Lunch & Learn will take place on January 14, 2015, at noon, and guests are invited to bring a lunch.  Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville.  The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members.  For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.

December 2014 Meeting Minutes

Below are links to the December 2014 meeting minutes of the Main Street Committees which met during the month, as well as the DDA board minutes.

Economic Development December Minutes

Promotions December Minutes

Design Committee Meeting Minutes

DecBoard Minutes December 18

2015 Main Street Work Plan

At the December 18, 2014, DDA board meeting, the 2015 Main Street Work Plan was approved. From improved events, more outreach among downtown business and property owners, and an effort to incorporate more art and art related events downtown, each of the four committees have plenty to keep them busy in the new year. All committees are open to anyone interested in participating, so if there is something you see that you would like to become apart of helping with, please contact the DDA office at 770.607.3480.

Click here for the 2015 Cartersville Main Street Work Plan.

Cartersville DDA/Main Street Program Seek New Board Members

Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program is now accepting applications to fill at least two upcoming vacancies on their board of directors. Please see the link to the form below which has information about the commitment of being a board member, and feel free to complete the application if interested. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Manager Tara Currier at 770.607.3480.

Cartersville DDA Board Application

Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet

Main Street Promotions Chair and DDA/Main Street Board member Lara Jeanneret has created a Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet to be made available to all downtown restaurants. Offering a coloring activity, crossword puzzle, and other fun, the Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet will not only keep children occupied as they wait on their food, but will help teach kids about downtown Cartersville. On one side of the sheet, will be various activities that can be completed in the restaurant. The other side of the activity sheet will feature a downtown scavenger hunt. Children will need to visit at least 10 participating businesses to have their sheet stamped or signed. Once all 10 spaces are filled, the child may bring the sheet to the Cartersville Welcome Center and receive a small prize! While there will be some prizes purchased, if a downtown business is interested in offering a prize (small gift certificate; cookie; etc.), please let us know. We will collect several and place everything into a large bin for children to select their prize.

In order to bring this Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet to fruition, we are currently seeking sponsors. It is the desire of the Main Street Program to print 2,500 copies per quarter, plus purchase enough crayons and prizes to go along with the Activity Sheet. Lara J Designs has generously donated the design of the coloring sheets, and It’s About Time Boutique, Meg Pie and The Olive Branch have already committed to monetary sponsorship. Please review the sponsorship opportunities by clicking here, and help us make the Downtown Adventures Activity Sheet a reality!

 

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Georgia’s Historical Markers

 

 

 

Bartow History Museum welcomes David Seibert, researcher and historian, as speaker at the upcoming Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at noon. Seibert’s topic will be the historical marker program in Georgia, including a number of markers in Bartow County.

David Seibert has spent the past 40 years locating and documenting historical markers in Georgia. The database created from this effort was published on the Internet by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and has been adopted by the state’s GeorgiaInfo website.

His illustrated presentation will discuss the history of marker programs in the state, various types of markers and who has erected them, historic markers in Bartow County, and where Georgia’s marker programs stand today.

            Lunch & Learn will take place on November 19, 2014, at noon, and guests are invited to bring a lunch. Bartow History Museum is located at 4 E. Church Street in downtown Cartersville. The lecture is free to members and included with the price of admission for not-yet members. For more information on this and other BHM programs, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit our website at www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.