“We’ve had a really great response [in the past],” BHM Program Support Tiffanie Buchberger said. “We want to continue to offer it to the public, because, for us, it’s a good fundraiser to support our programs department and the exhibits that we have at the museum.
“And it’s also a great way to support local restaurants in the area, because they’re able to give back and donate to us. ... [They include] Grand Oaks, Swheat Market, City Cellar and Loft, Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse, Jefferson’s, Flavorful Events at Stonewall Manor, Moore’s Gourmet Market, Gilbert Farms, Cody J’s, Louie’s Café and Dunkin’ Donuts.”
This year’s benefit has extended its offerings and will include a used book sale, with an assortment of books donated primarily from the BHM’s staff and volunteers.
Formed in 1987, the Cartersville museum welcomed about 12,000 visitors last year. Since Dec. 10, 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., 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.”
Serving as Bartow’s courthouse from 1869 to 1902, the two-story brick building was utilized for a variety of purposes in the 1900s, some of which included a roller skating rink, furniture store and warehouse. Sitting vacant since the 1980s, the structure was acquired by the city of Cartersville in 1995 and renovated with $1.7 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds.
In April, BHM’s “Toward New Horizons” gallery was expanded to include a permanent exhibit highlighting former Georgia Gov. Joe Frank Harris. Along with his early life, the display focuses on the Atco native’s political career, which included 18 years in the Georgia House of Representatives prior to serving as a Democrat in the Governor’s Office from 1983 to 1991.
“We raised nearly $1,000 last year,” BHM Director Trey Gaines said, referring to the Bake Sale. “Things coming up in the next several months at the museum that these funds will help supplement and enable us to do are some school programs, [‘An Evening in Oak Hill Cemetery’ tour] and we’ve got a Civil War bus tour coming up.
“... The tour is called ‘War at Every Door: Bartow County, 1864.’ It’s a bus tour through Bartow County retracing the steps of the Atlanta Campaign. So we’ll have stops at Adairsville, Barnsley Gardens, Kingston, Cassville and Cartersville. Saturday, Aug. 23, it [will be] an all-day excursion and it’s being led by Dr. Keith Hebert. He’s an assistant professor of history ... but also a Bartow County native.”
To be conducted at the BHM, the Bake Sale will not require an entrance fee. However, regular admission costs will apply for those interested in touring the venue.
Along with perusing the museum’s permanent exhibits, patrons will be able to learn more about the county’s connection with the Civil War, through the featured presentation titled “1864: The War Comes Home.” In addition to photographs and artifacts, such as a candle mold, the display includes vignettes of Cassville Confederate Cemetery and the interior of the Cartersville Depot, where a skirmish occurred in May 1864.
“Our current feature exhibition is on the Civil War in Bartow County in 1864,” Gaines said. “So it’s an exhibit that looks at some of the stories and events that took place in 1864 during the Civil War here in Bartow County. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about that event in our history, but as it specifically pertains to the county and specifically pertains to 1864. It’s the 150th anniversary of that event — the Atlanta Campaign.”
For more information about the Bake Sale, visit www.bartowhistorymuseum.org or call 770-382-3818.