History Cherokee is pleased to announce the official groundbreaking of the new Cherokee County History Center on Wednesday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at 221 East Marietta Street in Canton. The History Center will spotlight Cherokee County’s rich history from prehistoric times to modern days of growth and development.

The new History Center will expand the reach and impact of History Cherokee’s activities by serving as an exceptional new cultural asset for the community with engaging exhibits, enriching educational resources, and comprehensive programming. When complete the Center will feature a state-of-the-art museum with more than 5,000 square feet of exhibit space, as well as a research center and library, for a total of 11,000 square feet of space. Located in downtown Canton’s former police station, the new History Center will also be headquarters for History Cherokee, formerly the Cherokee County Historical Society.

Slated to open in the spring of 2022, the History Center will welcome an estimated 20,000 visitors a year who will engage with museum exhibits, research resources and quality programming. “This project has been years in the making so we’re excited to begin construction,” Executive Director Stefanie Joyner said. “This expansion will allow us to reach a larger audience and really interact with our community. We can’t wait to open our doors.”

New features within the History Center will include a large projection wall showing videos chronicling the history and development of the county, tabletop touch screens allowing visitors to explore topics in great detail, and large-scale installations highlighting work and home life in Cherokee County over the centuries. The museum will feature educator-friendly resources including an instructional guide with teaching standards, interactive children’s activities, and a classroom for educational programming. The History Center will also be a center for preservation advocacy, allowing for research into architectural history and resources.

Over the past 18 months, more than 60 families, individuals, local governments, foundations, and organizations have come together on the project to build the Cherokee County History Center through generous investments in the History in the Making Capital Campaign.

“The level of community support for this project has been overwhelming and shows the deep commitment of those who live here to honor our history” said Rebecca Johnston, the Campaign Co-Chair. “This is a project that will benefit all Cherokee County residents and that fact resonated with our investors. We are indebted to all those who have helped make this project possible.”

The History in the Making Capital Campaign has raised $2.5 million to date, about 90 percent of the initial $2.8M million fundraising goal and aims to exceed this mark through additional supporter initiatives in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in being a part in this transformational moment in Cherokee County history, please contact Stefanie Joyner at (770) 345-3288 ext.1 or sjoyner@historycherokee.org.