Executive Leadership

Richard Banz, D.Ed.

Executive Director

Dr. Richard Banz serves as the Executive Director of the Southern Museum and the Kennesaw Museum Foundation.  He holds a Doctorate in adult education from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor’s degree in social science education from Towson State University. Prior to the Southern Museum, Dr. Banz held positions at the York College of Pennsylvania, York County Heritage Trust, and Baltimore Museum of Industry. He is also a past president of the Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies. Dr. Banz has had several works published, including Adult Education in Cultural Institutions: Libraries, Museums, Parks, and Zoos (Handbook of Adult Education), Self-Directed Learning: Implications for Museums (Journal of Museum Education) and Transportation in York County Before the Automobile (York County Heritage Trust).

Jon Sexton

Director of Operations

Mr. Sexton serves as Director of Operations for the Southern Museum. He holds a Master’s degree in History, specializing in Public History, from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arkansas. Prior to the Southern Museum, Mr. Sexton held positions as Assistant Manager of Historical Resources for Sarasota County, Florida, and Director of Records and Archives for Jasper County, Missouri.

Key Staff

Jolee Sanders – Archivist

Joshua Whitfield– Curator

Móirín Cody– Tour and Volunteer Coordinator

Amy Torrance – Early Childhood Educator

Michelle Newman – Retail Services Coordinator

Tracy Shehab – Events Coordinator

Joshua Trower – Education Program Coordinator

Department Contacts

Support & Donations
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3174
Email: foundation@southernmuseum.org

Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3174
Email:  foundation@southernmuseum.org

Education Programs
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3173
Email: education@southernmusem.org

Group Tours & Field Trips
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3169
Email: tours@southernmusem.org

Archives & Library
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3060
Email: collections@southernmuseum.org

Collections – Curatorial/Artifacts/Objects
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3180
Email: collections@southernmuseum.org

Museum Events
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3058
Email: rentals@southernmuseum.org

Press, Media Inquiries, and Marketing
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3184
Email: admin@southernmuseum.org

Gift Shop
Ph: 770.427.2117 ext. 3178
Email: giftshop@southernmuseum.org

Address: 2829 Cherokee St, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Phone Number: (770) 427-2117