February marks the anniversary of Georgia’s founding and is dedicated as Georgia History Month. To celebrate this important day in the state’s history the Georgia Historical Society held a Super Museum Sunday involving museums and historic sites across the state, including the Funk Heritage Center located on Reinhardt’s campus.
During the event, the center’s doors opened to the public with all admission fees waived for the day. Visitors were able to see the center’s permanent exhibits detailing the lives and culture of the Native Americans living in Georgia prior to colonization, as well as the rotating art exhibits located in the Buffington Gallery. The current pieces on temporary display are by Native American artists Robert Ansley, Bert Seabourn and Clayton Straughn.
Guests visited the Hall of the Ancients, a section dedicated to the different Eras of Native American history, as well as the history hidden underneath the modern Canton area. Some of the more recent additions to the Hall are dedicated to the dig site, at the location of the Canton Walmart, where the museum received many of their artifacts. Additionally guests were able to visit galleries dedicated to Contemporary Native American art and a large collection of historic hand tools from several periods.
While the event itself was limited to that Sunday, the Funk Heritage Center aims to fill the entirety of Georgia History Month with a lecture series held every Tuesday in February. The first of these lectures is to be held on Feb. 7 and covers the political nature of the reconstruction era. The following Tuesday Feb. 14 the second lecture will cover the Cherokee newspaper the Cherokee Phoenix, with the final lecture on Feb. 21 covers the life of Cherokee Chief James Vann. Admission is $10 for the public, $5 for members and Reinhardt faculty, and free for students with their Eagle Card IDs and a reservation. Reservations are required for attendance and can be made at (770) 720-5967.
Written by: Jacob Howard. Photo credit: Jacob Howard & Malik Golar