UPDATE FEB. 9: Due to inclement weather and a broken pipe at the Funk Heritage Center, the Center will not open for Super Museum Sunday Feb. 9. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt University in Waleska is once again participating in the Georgia History Festival’s Super Museum Sunday event, which will be held this Sunday, Feb. 9, at participating sites throughout Georgia.
“We look forward to this free admission event every year,” said Jeff Bishop, director of the Funk Heritage Center. “We usually get a lot of people coming out, and we’re especially excited this year to introduce visitors to our newest exhibit on the Cherokee people who lived in this area and the Trail of Tears.”
Visitors can now find out how local communities like Waleska, Sixes and Sutallee got their names, or trace the various routes used in the Trail of Tears. State maps are also available at the end of the exhibit so that visitors can experience other certified sites on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
“Many of those sites are also participating in Super Museum Sunday,” said Bishop.
These include New Echota State Historic Site in Calhoun and the Chief Vann House in Chatsworth.
“Museums belong to everyone in the community. It shouldn’t be something you feel like you can’t experience because you can’t afford it,” said Bishop. “Events like these, as well as the upcoming Smithsonian Museum Day on April 4, help to open the museum experience to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Thanks to Super Museum Sunday, Georgians can experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums and other points of interest throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard. Sites will offer free admission from noon until 4 p.m. unless alternate hours are noted.
Visitors in Georgia can learn about buckskin tanning at Kolomoki Mounds, admire FDR’s hand-controlled roadster, watch Jarrell Plantation’s steam engine at work, walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War soldiers, translate the Cherokee Nation’s first newspaper, browse a sutlers’ row at Wormsloe, climb to the top of an Indian mound, or explore many other locations. Find places to step into the past at GaStateParks.org/SuperMuseumSunday.