“Right now we have approximately 1,000 objects of various sources, various types of objects,” Euharlee History Museum Director Katie Odom said. “We have Native American objects, primarily Creek and Cherokee. We have some exhibits and objects highlighting military history, starting with Civil War history onto Korea, Vietnam and of course World War II. We have just a lot of aspects of community history. We have [items highlighting] some schools and really important buildings that are no longer here that a lot of our members have actually attended. This is really their family history as well as their community’s history.
“... There’s one object that I think really speaks a lot about this community.Oak Grove Methodist Church was destroyed by a tornado in 1935 and as part of the effort to rebuild the church some of the church members had a fundraiser where they actually sold portions of quilt patches, quilt squares. And we have one of the fundraising quilts on display at the museum and just looking at it, you see members of the church, names that are still around in Euharlee today but you also see people who weren’t members of the church that just thought this was an important place they needed to rebuild. That just really, I think, is a great example of the community spirit that we have in Euharlee, even today.”
To highlight the museum’s past, present and future, Odom will deliver a presentation Thursday at the Bartow History Museum, 4 E. Church St., Cartersville. Starting at 7 p.m., the program’s fee will be covered in the museum’s admission — $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for students and adults 65 and older, and free for BHM members, active military and children 5 and younger.
“Euharlee is one of those small communities in Bartow County that has a lot of history,” BHM Director Trey Gaines said. “So we support the efforts of the Euharlee History Museum to preserve that history and showcase it through their museum exhibits. Katie is a friend of the Bartow History Museum and we wanted to give her an opportunity to talk about the museum and what’s going on out there, what great things she’s got planned for the future of the museum.”
Established in 1997 by the Euharlee Historical Society, the Euharlee History Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Located at 118 Covered Bridge Road in Euharlee, the venue offers free admission to visitors.
“[In] 2008 the museum was moved into a larger building, which we’re in now and I was hired about six months ago as the director of the museum,” Odom said. “I’m actually a city employee and I’m working with the historical society and the city to take the museum to the next level. It’s part of an effort throughout the city of Euharlee to preserve the historic character, the historic nature of this community.
“... In the future, we hope to just expand the museum, open up our audience, target the school children in Bartow County, especially in Euharlee. We have two schools right down the street from us. And we really hope to just enhance our exhibits as well as create programming and bring in every aspect of the community,” she said, adding the museum is presenting the Homesteading in Euharlee event, which will feature quilting and spinning demonstrations, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about the BHM program, call 770-382-3818, ext. 6288 or visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org.Further details about the Euharlee History Museum can be obtained by calling 770-607-2017.