History Center Family Day ‘We’ve Been Working on the Railroad’ Aug. 17

gainesville-midland-engine-100Make plans to visit the History Center on Sunday, Aug. 17, 1-4 p.m., for a free afternoon of Northeast Georgia Railroad History, special events and hands-on activities such as sending a telegram, weighing freight, signalling with lanterns and nailing a railroad spike. Brenau’s own storyteller, Kathy Amos, will relate the legend of the Grey Fox, Bill Miner, believed to be “the last train robber” at 2 p.m.

Exhibits will reflect the railroad history of the area–the railway lines and engines, the historic depots, railway cafes such, as the local Big Bear Cafe, and memorabilia belonging to local families. Operation Lifesaver’s Mobile Exhibit Unit, a large trailer filled with interactive exhibits on railway safety, will be on hand all afternoon and a model train will be set up in the Rotating Gallery, courtesy of  local railroad enthusiast Peter Claymore.

Admission is free, courtesy of North Georgia Eye. For more information call 770-297-5900, visit www.negahc.org, or email ude.uanerb@nosracj. The Northeast Georgia History Center is located at 322 Academy Street, NE, Gainesville.