‘Citizens and Soldiers’ puts Civil War in sights
On Saturday, the Atlanta History Center will host “Citizens and Soldiers,” a family-friendly program that presents the Civil War from different perspectives — the soldiers on the field, families on the home front and the enslaved.
The 11 a.m.-4 p.m. event features encampments, reenactments and demonstrations on the 1860s Smith Family Farm. Inside the museum, there will be tours of the long-term Civil War exhibition “Turning Point: The American Civil War” as well as “Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Wray Collection,” an exhibit of nearly 200 rare and one-of-a-kind artifacts used by the gray side whose run wraps March 15.
Other highlights include Meet the Past presentations involving figures such as Union spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser; firing demonstrations of muskets and other weapons; a Civil War variety show showcasing daring feats and period music; and “Cast Iron Chef” competitions.
$16.50; ages 65 and up and students 13 and up, $13; ages 4-12, $11. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, atlantahistorycenter.com/family.
Cowboy Gathering at Booth Museum
It takes a lot of rope to lasso all the action offered as a part of the 11th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering, Thursday through Saturday at Cartersville's Booth Western Art Museum.
A sampling: a Thursday gallery walk, exhibit opening reception and lecture by featured artist Clyde Aprevig. And on Saturday, a Chuck Wagon Cook-off starting at 8 a.m., capped by the meal ($15) at noon; a fancy gun tricks demonstration at 1 p.m.; children's activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a 7 p.m. western singer-songwriter showcase at the Grand Theatre ($25).
Unless noted, events free with Booth admission: $10, $8 age 65 and up, $7 students with an ID, free age 12 and under. 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville. 770-387-1300, www.boothmuseum.org/events/gathering.