Telling the whole story: KSU Public History program helps Adairsville bring together pieces of its past


KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 3, 2017)If you love history, antiquing and good food, Georgia’s official tourism website advises, visit Adairsville — “a Norman Rockwell kind of town.” The site of the Civil War era’s legendary Great Locomotive Chase, Adairsville’s history has centered largely around its role as a transportation hub — halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga — especially the railroad. Its fabled depot was converted to the Adairsville Rail and Depot Age of Steam Museum in 2001 but closed after 10 years. Through a partnership between the city, the San Souci Women’s Club and Kennesaw State University’s Public History program, a focus on history has returned to the heart of Adairsville.