Happy Easter!
Easter is nearly here--PAAS egg dye, chocolate eggs, sugar-coated candy eggs, and plastic eggs in every hue fill store shelves. Families are boiling eggs, dyeing eggs, and hunting eggs. How did eggs become such a prominent part of Easter?
One explanation goes back to the 13 th century when eggs were a forbidden food during the Lenten season. Christians would save the eggs and paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting. Then they ate them on Easter as a celebration. Read more about the origins of Easter traditions at http://time.com/4732984/easter-eggs-history-origins.
Back By Popular Demand
“A Toast to The Tams”
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

Saturday, August 10 th  
6-10:00 PM CSH Auditorium

Dinner - Music - Dancing - Auctions - Raffles - Fun

Reserved Table Seating & Stadium Seating
Tickets available July 1 st  

Proceeds support the Destination: Depot Project,
the renovation of the historic CSH train depot for a regional Heritage Center
Meet Midway Academy Fourth Grade Visitor...
 Fourth grade students from Midway Hills Academy and Lakeview Academy recently visited the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House for our “War Comes to the Capital” Tour.  During the tour, volunteers demonstrate activities that took place in homes throughout Milledgeville.

As students started upstairs to learn how women sewed uniforms, quilted bedding, and knitted wool socks, a student paused to look at the beautiful 194 year old staircase and asked excitedly, “Do we get to climb the stairs?” When he was assured that he could, he remarked, “This is the best day of my life!”

We want to make more moments like this for all our students, but we need your support.  Call the Museum office at 478-453-1803 for information on how to become a volunteer and how to donate to support projects like this.  
More special moments from the BSSH tours …          
Tea at the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House
Twenty-six Australians on a literary tour of Georgia visited the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House on April 6 th for lunch.  Our guests enjoyed iced tea served southern style, cold with lemon and lots of sugar, as well as traditional Earl Grey black tea, served hot. They gave rave reviews of the lunch and especially the pimento and blue cheese ball, pecan bars, and lemon cookies with raspberry centers. A tour of the historic house followed lunch.

The Brown-Stetson-Sanford House is available for business meetings, small weddings, showers, dinners, and parties. Call the Museum office at 478-453-1803 for more information on renting this lovely historic home for your next occasion.
         The Milledgeville Garden Club Meets at “The Just Imagine Cottage”
The Milledgeville Garden Club met at “The Just Imagine Cottage” for an update on the Destination: Depot Project with Dr. Amy Wright, Executive Director of the Museum. A tour of the historic train depot followed the program. Garden Club Members were excited to see the interior of the building and the original depot doors, windows, and staircases uncovered during the deconstruction. Architectural renderings helped members visualize what Georgia’s Old Capital Heritage Center will look like upon completion.

For more information about the Destination: Depot Project and how you can get involved, contact Dr. Amy Wright at 478-453-1803. 
This Space a 200 Seat Theater?
Take a visual reality tour on our website: www.thedepotga.org and see how this space will be transformed into a 200 seat Theater/Community Venue Space. 

Will you DONATE to make it happen? For more information, contact Dr. Amy Wright at 478-453-1803.
Ollie the Old Capital Chipmunk
Welcomes JMA Second Graders
Mrs. Ellen Massey and Mrs. Ann Smart brought their second graders from John Milledge Academy to The Just Imagine Cottage for Chipmunk Tours with Ollie, the Old Capital Chipmunk. Students learned about the Native Americans who settled in this area by examining artifacts such as pottery shards, arrow heads, furs, and tools. They re-enacted a Creek Indian story told by mothers to their children and went on a bear hunt under the watchful eye of the Museum’s black bear.  

In the Frontier gallery, students listened to stories about the early years in the settlement of Milledgeville and how hard the settlers worked to build homes and provide for their families. 

Our Chipmunk Tour is available for students 3 years through second grade. Call the Museum Office at 478-453-1803 for information and to schedule a group tour.
Last chance to name the bear…
For the past 5 years, this handsome mounted black bear has lived at the Museum without a name. He is a favorite part of the Chipmunk Tour and an excellent listener when young visitors come to learn about local Native American culture. Although not fond of the part of the tour known as the “Bear Hunt” game, he patiently endures the activity and is pleased that all ends well for both hunter and bear.
 
Black bear sightings in central Georgia are rare. The Museum’s bear was killed illegally by poachers in Jones County. A generous businessman in Milledgeville had the bear professionally preserved to be used in an exhibit for area schools to promote conservation. The bear then spent a number of years in a local science class before finding a home at Georgia’s Old Capital Museum.
 
After five years of anonymity, students and staff decided the bear needs a name.  The “What Will We Call Him?” contest to select a name was launched January 26 th . To date, over 150 students have submitted names. The contest is open to all ages, and entries may be submitted up to May 15, 2019. Each entrant in the contest will receive a tiny silver bear charm on a ribbon from the Museum bear. 
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