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March 1 - Kennesaw, GA - LCCA and Southern Museum Host Autism Awareness Day

The Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) in conjunction with the Autism Speaks Organization and the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw GA , will host a special day for families affected by autism on March 1 from 9 am - noon.  Three different types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs will be provided by Lionel, LCCA and the museum.  Other features include a sensory friendly room with puzzles and activities and special showings of the museum’s Great Locomotive Chase movie.  Staff and volunteers from Autism Speaks will be present to assist during the event and offer information and local resources for families.

The LCCA is inviting all members to attend this interactive, Lionel train filled Special Events.   Invite your family and friends to experience the magic of Lionel trains and the home of “the General” Steam Locomotive made famous in the Civil War’s Great Train Chase of 1862.
Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+) and $5.50 for children (ages 4 – 12).  Any autistic visitors as well as Lionel Collector Club of America members will receive a $1 discount.  Reservations for tickets and further information will be available beginning January 8 on the museum website,  Reservations are recommended.  

 For more information on this event, contact Al Kolis at 248-709-4137 at or Dena Bush, at 770-427-2117, extension 3184, or e-mail

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks, founded in 2005, is now the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. To learn more, please visit  

About The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is a prominent north Georgia attraction boasting 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, an 8,000 square foot interactive Jolley Education Center, a library/ archive (which through an expansion next year will receive an additional 15,000 square feet of archival space), and a gift shop.  The Museum houses three permanent exhibitions: one featuring the importance of railroads during the Civil War, another focused on the “Great Locomotive Chase,” which includes the famous locomotive, General, and a third on the Glover Machine Works, a turn-of-the-century locomotive manufacturer.  The Museum also accommodates temporary exhibits developed internally or hosted through the Museum’s affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute.  The Museum offers a variety of adult and children’s educational programs, including events at the Museum, as well as an extensive outreach program.  Open seven days a week, the Museum attracts over 42,000 visitors annually through educational offerings for all ages ranging from family events, “Mommy and Me” for pre-school audiences, school-aged tours, and special programs for adults and seniors.