History Center

The Campaign to Build the Cherokee County History Center

The Cherokee County History Center Project:

In summer 2019, the Historical Society (now History Cherokee) purchased the former Canton Police Station building located on East Marietta Street, and after conducting a funding feasibility study, the Board of Directors and staff agreed to initiate this capital campaign to fund the build-out of the new History Center.

221 East Marietta Street

As downtown Canton and the entire County continue to grow and experience significant residential and commercial development, now is the time to invest in and celebrate Cherokee County’s history and build upon the Historical Society’s success by creating a state-of-the-art space to engage visitors and residents. The new History Center will feature:

  • 740% increase in exhibit space from 675 square feet to at least 5,000 square feet
  • Large projection wall featuring videos chronicling the history and development of the County
  • Tabletop touchscreens allowing visitors to explore topics in great detail
  • Large-scale installations highlighting work and home life in Cherokee County over the centuries
  • Educator-friendly resources, including an instructional guide with teaching standards
  • Interactive children’s activities, where children experience history hands-on
  • Expanded storage space with state-of-the-art preservation conditions

Rendering of the renovated History Center

The Three-Goal Project

In support of the mission of History Cherokee, the completed Cherokee County History Center will achieve the following three goals of becoming:

Three Goals:

1: An Exceptional Cultural Asset

History Cherokee intends to provide significantly greater access to residents, tourists, researchers, and other stakeholders through an expanded facility and accompanying expanded programming.

The vision to establish an exceptional cultural asset for the region will be realized through the achievement of three strategic objectives: Engaging Exhibits, Expanded Preservation Advocacy, and Enhanced Collection Storage.

2: A Dynamic Education Resource

History Cherokee seeks to elevate its role as an educational resource by expanding its collaboration with educational institutions (including Cherokee County Schools) and providing a richer, more engaging visitor experience through its programming and exhibits.

This goal will be realized through the achievement of three strategic objectives: Enriching School Resources, Comprehensive Programming, and Expanded Research Resources.

3: An Economic Development Driver

It is well established that companies and employees want to locate in communities rich in cultural and recreational opportunities. Accordingly, History Cherokee has a role to play in supporting the efforts of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development and other economic development partners by creating the type of environment sought by talented workers and mobile companies that could locate anywhere.

History Cherokee also seeks to establish the History Center as a regional tourist attraction that delivers sustained economic benefits to the County by complementing and increasing awareness of Cherokee’s other assets/offerings and strengthening Cherokee’s brand as a destination and home. The goal of creating a driver of local economic development will be realized through the achievement of two strategic objectives: Cultural Attraction and Sustained Financial Strength.

Rendering of Main Lobby renovation to History Center

For more information or if you would like to take part in our campaign please contact:

Kevin Donovan, Campaign Director, at kdonovan@gopower10.com or (404)667-7768


Stefanie Joyner, History Cherokee Executive Director, at sjoyner@historycherokee.org or (770)345-3288

Read our complete case for support here.