Cultural sites offer complimentary access Sept. 28
by Marie Nesmith
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Director of the Bartow History Museum Trey Gaines, right, shares the county's history with visitors. The museum will be participanting in Museum Day Live offering free admission. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Director of the Bartow History Museum Trey Gaines, right, shares the county's history with visitors. The museum will be participanting in Museum Day Live offering free admission. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site clerk Gary Ansorge welcomes visitors Neil Norton and his daughters Naomi, left, and Eliana. During Your State Parks Day the public is encouraged to volunteer at Etowah Mounds doing such tasks as painting, gardening and working on its waddle and daub hut. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site clerk Gary Ansorge welcomes visitors Neil Norton and his daughters Naomi, left, and Eliana. During Your State Parks Day the public is encouraged to volunteer at Etowah Mounds doing such tasks as painting, gardening and working on its waddle and daub hut. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Red Top Mountain State Park Interpretive Ranger Marcus Toft moves one of the park's benches that will receive pads to level and secure it by volunteers during Your State Parks Day. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Red Top Mountain State Park Interpretive Ranger Marcus Toft moves one of the park's benches that will receive pads to level and secure it by volunteers during Your State Parks Day. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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On Sept. 28, patrons will have the opportunity to explore Bartow’s past and the Old West by taking part in a pair of complimentary offerings. While Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will present Your State Parks Day, two of Georgia Museum Inc.’s venues will continue their involvement in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!

Museum Day Live!

In 2012, more than 400,000 people visited Museum Day venues. For this year’s offering, an excess of 1,500 museums and cultural institutions, including about 40 in Georgia, will participate across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

“The [Bartow] History Museum and the Booth [Western] Art Museum are both participating and have for the last several years,” said Seth Hopkins, executive director for GMI and the Booth museum. “We think it’s a great opportunity for exposing both those museums to potentially new audiences — people who haven’t come before but obviously are interested in museums if they’re involved with the Smithsonian. We usually have double or a little more attendance on those days than on a normal Saturday.”

To receive free admission, individuals will need to bring a Museum Day Live! ticket, which will be emailed to participants after they submit their information online at www.smithsonian.com/museumday/ticket/. The website also contains a complete list of participating venues and Museum Day Live! details, such as one ticket covers two attendees.

Located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville, the Booth museum opened in 2003, became a Smithsonian affiliate in 2006 and currently houses the largest permanent exhibition of Western art in the U.S. Along with its permanent collection, visitors will be able to view its temporary exhibitions, which contain magazine illustrations, abstract art and photography.

Partnering with The Saturday Evening Post Society, the Booth Western Art Museum is highlighting some of the artists who lent their talents to the magazine’s covers in the 1950s and early 1960s. Closing Sept. 29, the exhibit includes 30 original paintings paired with the Post’s covers they inspired in the museum’s Special Exhibition Gallery.

Along with Norman Rockwell, “Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950’s and early 1960’s” also includes the work of other illustrators, some of whom include John Clymer, Stevan Dohanos, John Falter, George Hughes, Amos Sewell, Richard Sargent, Mead Schaeffer and Thornton Utz. In addition to showcasing various illustrators, the covers also features a wide range of subjects, from parenthood to vacationing families.

“We’re in the last couple of weeks of The Saturday Evening Post cover exhibition that closes on the 29th,” Hopkins said. “So we’ve only got a couple of weeks left for folks to see that, so it’s a good opportunity if they haven’t seen it or want to see it again before it goes away.

“Then our Ted Waddell exhibit has been up for a little while and still has a while to run. It’s kind of a departure for us. He’s somewhat of an abstract, a modern artist, so it’s certainly a different wrinkle compared to things we normally do and really kind of stretches the imagination and opens you up to some other thoughts about art. And then we just opened this past weekend our photography guild exhibition, which is really spectacular and highlights the talents of the photographers within our membership.”

With a Museum Day Live! ticket, patrons also will be able to partake in a complimentary tour of the Bartow History Museum. While the museum will be in between temporary exhibits, participants will be able to tour its permanent displays.

Formed in 1987, the BHM welcomed more than 12,000 visitors last year. Since December 2010, the venue’s gift shop, multi-purpose room, and permanent and temporary exhibits have been housed in the 1869 Courthouse, 4 E. Church St. in Cartersville — under the Church Street bridge. Divided into six galleries, the permanent exhibits include “A Sense of Place,” “Bartow Beginnings,” “Community Champions,” “People at Work,” “The Coming War” and “Toward New Horizons.”

For more information on the Bartow History Museum, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or call 770-382-3818. Further details on the Booth Western Art Museum can be obtained by calling 770-387-1300 or visiting www.boothmuseum.org.

Your State Parks Day

In a continued effort to spur volunteerism and visitation, Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites will present Your State Parks Day, which will waive parking and admission fees, Sept. 28. In addition to exploring Cartersville’s venues — Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site and Red Top Mountain State Park — at no cost, patrons will be able to participate in various service projects.

At Red Top, volunteers will help build an outdoor amphitheater and picnic table pads, both near the Park Office, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The Your State Parks Day is funded by the Friends of Georgia State Parks,” said Marcus Toft, interpretive ranger for Red Top, 50 Lodge Road S.E. in Cartersville. “So that’s why it’s a free day at all state parks and historic sites. It’s focused on getting people out to the parks, giving people [an] opportunity who maybe aren’t able to go, whether it’s for financial [or other reasons].

“So it’s a free day, so that anyone can enjoy the parks, but then also [we are] offering service projects so that you can come, you can leave your mark. You can kind of give back a little bit to that park and leave your legacy. [The purpose also is] just to show people the value of these parks. They’re a great resource that we have but the way the budget is and the economy is, we do need volunteer help and they’re a great place to volunteer and to get experience and have a good time.”

As the volunteer work gets underway at Red Top, Etowah Indian Mounds also will have an array of beautification projects for attendees to partake in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with painting picnic tables, volunteers also will be trimming overgrown Native American gardens, spreading mulch on a nature trail and removing the roof on the wattle-and-daub house.

“We’re looking for the public to support the parks,” said Keith Bailey, part-time naturalist for Etowah Indian Mounds. “... We’re trying to get the public involved and reminding them that it is their park, especially for the locals. Help is always appreciated. The taxpayers’ funds go a long ways, but sometimes with the recent economy, we’re needing a little helping hand.”

In addition to completing volunteer tasks, visitors also will be able to tour the Etowah Indian Mounds — a 54-acre site where several thousand American Indians lived from A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1550 — from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regarded as the most intact Mississippian Culture site in the Southeast, Etowah Indian Mounds at 813 Indian Mounds Road in Cartersville features six earthen mounds, a village area, a plaza, borrow pits and a defensive ditch.

For more information on the Etowah Indian Mounds, visit www.gastateparks.org/EtowahMounds or call 770-387-3747. Further details about Red Top can be obtained by visiting www.gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain or calling 770-975-0055.