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March 23, 2022

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Offers Camp Wiregrass For Kids This Summer

Exploring farms of the past and present, meeting wildlife and livestock, making birdhouses, and learning to garden are a few of the activities that children can enjoy during Camp Wiregrass sessions this summer at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture.  Children from 4 to 9 years old can experience these and many more adventures when they explore Georgia agriculture, history, and natural resources. Registration for all sessions of Camp Wiregrass will begin on April 6 at 9 a.m. online at abacgma.eventbrite.com.  “Camp Wiregrass provides a fun, interactive environment for children to engage in hands-on activities, games, and crafts,” Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said.  “Each camp offers unique activities and themes tailored to each age group.” For the Munchkin campers in the 4-6 years old age range, “Farm Life” and “Animal Antics” are the two sessions available.  Both camps run from 8 a.m. to noon each day with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from noon-12:30 p.m.  The cost of each camp is $65 and includes a snack, t-shirt, and all supplies. Campers will be going home before lunch. During the “Farm Life” session on May 30 to June 3, the Munchkin campers will learn about the wonderful things that agriculture provides for us in our everyday life. Experience some of the tasks that farmers undertake and experience hands-on activities with crops and animals. Campers will milk a robotic cow, shear a shaving cream sheep, work in the garden, build a miniature house, and enjoy other fun activities. “Animal Antics” is scheduled June 21-24 and offers Munchkin campers the chance to meet the Museum's animal residents while studying the needs of humans and animals. Each day includes animal interactions, games, story time, and crafts. The camp will feature activities such as fishing at the Grist Mill pond, searching for birds in their natural habitat, and learning to take care of their own pretend “pet critter.” Camps are also available for Explorer campers ages 7-9 years old.  Each of these camps runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with drop off from 7:30-8 a.m. and pick up from 3-3:30 p.m. “Becoming Champions” and “Time Travelers” are the two sessions available for Explorers.  The cost of each camp is $115 and includes a snack, t-shirt, and supplies.  Campers must bring a sack lunch. “Becoming Champions” for Explorer campers is set for June 6-10 and offers children the chance to celebrate Georgia’s recent sports' wins while learning about agriculture’s impact on athletics. Campers will team up and create their team's name, mascot, and logo. The week is filled with field trips, games, crafts, and a competition to become Camp Champions. “Time Travelers” runs from June 13-17.  During this camp, inspired Explorers are invited to join us as we step back in time. We’ll journey to the past to explore life in the Wiregrass region during the late 19th century. Campers learn about careers, inventions, and engage in a variety of exciting hands-on experiences in the Historic Village. For more information on Camp Wiregrass, interested persons can contact Hand at (229) 391-5208 or at museum@abac.edu.
March 17, 2022

Georgia Museum of Agriculture Hosts Folklife Festival April 2

Visitors can enjoy a celebration of the rich, rural heritage of South Georgia during the annual Folklife Festival on April 2 at the ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Showcasing South Georgia’s history and culture, the event runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with interactive activities for both children and adults.  The can’t miss moment of the day will be the ceremonial firing of the Turpentine Still at 11 a.m. for the Historic Village’s annual turpentine distillation.  Museum guests will see up close and personal this age-old process that is central to South Georgia’s cultural heritage.  The Folklife Festival is all about interactive activities including livestock and wildlife encounters, doll-making, hoecake cooking, sawmill demonstrations, sheep shearing, and mule plowing. Guests can also visit the antique and model tractors that will be on display on the Tift West Lawn. The antique tractors will parade through the Historic Village at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.  In the way of exhibits, the GMA's curatorial staff will have several offerings for Folklife festival guests. In the Art Gallery, A Farm Story exhibit will spotlight the artworks of Steven Walker and Mary VanLandingham. In the Cordell Conference Center, the American Legacy Quilt show will wow guests with exceptional fiber work, and they will also have raffle basket tickets available for purchase. In the Spinks Exhibit Hall guests will be able to use an interactive code to watch a turpentine documentary, with the same code being made available outside by the turpentine still. To satisfy every hearty appetite, the Historic Village’s Drug Store will offer delicious BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, along with chips and a drink. Hankering for tasty hand-dipped ice cream? Grab a cup or a cone in the Drug Store or Country Store. The Country Store will also be offering refreshing icees, popcorn, and cotton candy. Cole’s Cakery, a local favorite, will be selling cupcakes and their delicious chicken salad sandwiches. Wilma’s Place will have all the usual fair food offerings, including funnel cakes and fried pickles. The festival coincides with the seasonal opening of the Wiregrass Farmers Market. Local growers and producers will be offering fresh-picked produce from 9 a.m. until noon as well as hand-made goods for sale at the Market located under the pole barn behind the Country Store.   Admission to the Folklife Festival is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children 5 – 16 years of age, and free for children under five. For more information, interested persons can contact the Country Store at (229) 391-5205. 
October 1, 2021

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Gallery Opens American Relief Posters of WWII Exhibit Oct. 21

Colorful posters and memorabilia from World War II come together for a dynamic new exhibit beginning Oct. 21at the Gallery at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Museum Curator Polly Huff said “Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII” offers visitors a wide-ranging collection of original relief posters and memorabilia that provide an exciting new window on understanding a watershed event in our nation’s history. “This is the first exhibition to challenge our traditional memory of World War II, putting relief efforts at the forefront through an array of visually exciting poster art, ‘Cinderella’ poster stamps, photographs, banners, and programs issued by the various relief agencies and by the National War Fund,” Huff said. The National War Fund was an agency created by President Franklin Roosevelt in early 1942 to consolidate the hundreds of relief agencies that sprang up to aid those countries and peoples devastated by war. The Gallery hosted “Beyond Rosie: Women in WWII” in July as a pre-cursor to “Work, Fight, Give.” “This exhibition also focuses on artisans who shared their artistic talents to design posters that were aimed at the hearts of Americans, to persuade citizens to donate their time and resources,” Huff said. “Many of America’s top artists and illustrators designed the relief posters, and they often employed historical, mythological, and cultural symbols representing various countries and cultures.” The posters branded and differentiated various agencies all competing under the National War Fund name. Both the artists and the agencies were proud of their posters, which frequently became the face of an agency’s fundraising efforts. In addition to the posters themselves, this exhibition offers context of the posters in action, through images of the artists, along with agency leaders, movie stars, well-known personalities, or simply volunteers proudly showing off their posters. Hal Wert, professor of history at Kansas City Art Institute, curated the exhibition, which was organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. An ExhibitsUSA spokesperson said, “This is not the story of courage in combat, not the story of the dropping of bombs, rarely the story of rattling machine guns or the bursting of artillery shells. “It is the story of those motivated to do something about the carnage and chaos left behind when the din of battle subsides, and the armies move on. Relief organizations in big cities and small towns alike found creative ways to mobilize Americans and collectively raise millions of dollars to help those in war zones.” Huff said the poster imagery employed by the National War Fund and its relief agencies, today rarely seen and largely forgotten, will allow the Museum visitor to experience this stupendous effort to aid those in need in a visually and intellectually exciting venue. “While the exhibition is historical, the material will be new to most viewers,” Huff said. “It is as well contemporary (temporal) and reveals a universal theme—we are ‘our brother’s keepers.’ ‘Work, Fight, Give’ serves as a powerful reminder of the continuing need for philanthropy in a tumultuous world, and how the greatest generation met that challenge.” The exhibit will be included with paid Museum admission, and free with a valid annual pass. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The exhibit will remain on display until Jan. 19, 2022. For further information about “Work, Fight, Give” and future exhibits, interested persons can contact Huff at phuff@abac.edu.
September 15, 2021

Adventure Awaits in Unleashed Escape Room at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture

Experience a new Halloween thrill during the Unleashed Escape Room at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA) this fall. The Unleashed Escape Room will be held every Friday in October from 5-9:30 p.m. with four sessions available each night. Tickets are $12 per person and must be purchased as a group set. A minimum of four tickets must be purchased to reserve an escape room session. Groups are limited to seven participants per session. All sessions of the Unleashed Escape Room are private experiences and only one group will be present in the room. Tickets are available now online at https://abacgma.eventbrite.com. Players begin their experience being “locked” as a group safely in the Clyatt Cabin to be protected from frightening creatures that have overrun the Historic Village. Safety is only fleeting though, and groups must work together to decode clues, solve puzzles, and open locks to solve the mystery before it’s too late. Groups have 60 minutes to successfully escape before time runs out. The Unleashed Escape Room is designed for groups of four to seven people. The event is recommended for ages 13 and over.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult. The Unleashed Escape Room is part of the 2021-2022 “History After Dark” program series which provides guests of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum after hours. The series features evening programs throughout the year on a variety of topics and immersive activities. For more information, interested persons can contact Chloe Holbrook at cholbrook@abac.edu or (229) 391-5213.
August 30, 2021

Audition for “A Wiregrass Christmas Carol,” presented by ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture!

ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture is seeking theatre enthusiasts ages 15 and older to audition for a role in "A Wiregrass Christmas Carol" scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17. Auditions will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10 from 3:00-6:00 pm at the GMA Peanut Museum Conference Room (located behind the Country Store). The audition will consist of a script reading from the play. A Wiregrass Christmas Carol is a retelling of a classic Christmas story, with a Wiregrass twist! Join prickly print shop owner Edwin G. Fitzer, as he is guided through the past, present, and future by three spirits to learn the meaning of Christmas. The experience takes guests through the Historic Village by tram to watch the story unfold at select sites decorated for the season. Email cholbrook@abac.edu or call 229-391-5213 to sign up or for additional details. 
August 23, 2021

ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture Hosts Education Appreciation Day September 11

The Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture will host an Educator Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 11. Museum Assistant Director Sara Hand said educators and up to three guests can enjoy the Museum at no cost.  A school ID must be presented upon check-in at the Country Store to receive free admission. “Educator Appreciation Day offers an opportunity to experience the Museum and Historic Village, preview upcoming special events, and learn about programs and resources offered on-site and virtually,” Hand said. The event will include, but is not limited to, rides on the train pulled by the 1917 Vulcan steam locomotive, blacksmithing demos, dollmaking, and visits with resident animals including June Bug the mule. For more information, interested persons can contact Hand at sfhand@abac.edu or call her at (229) 391-5208.