The new home of the Cherokee County History Museum and Visitors Center, at 221 E. Marietta St. in Canton, “offers an opportunity to provide a permanent home to our collections and expand our cultural and educational offerings to our community,” said Historical Society Executive Director Stefanie Joyner.
The move was made in November, from the Cherokee County Historic Courthouse to the former Canton Police Department building, adjacent to Brown Park. The museum reopened with an expanded store and visitors center, and a small exhibit space detailing the history of Cherokee County. The society’s collections and archives also are available for research assistance by appointment, Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
Further expansion is on the horizon for the society in the new location, with plans underway for a capital campaign to enhance the space as a cultural hub and history center. Architect John White with INOX has been hired to convert the space to include interactive historical exhibits, retail space, and research and office space. Projected completion is 2022.
“Mr. White came very highly recommended, and is best known locally from his work at the Tellus Science Museum and Booth Western Art Museum,” said Lisa Tressler, the society president and building committee chair. “We are excited and look forward to working with him to create a dynamic new history center that will preserve and celebrate our legacy, which stretches from Native American culture, to the Mill village, to today’s modern rebirth of our downtown centers.”