Southern Museum, LCCA to host Autism Awareness Day

The Southern Museum, in conjunction with Autism Speaks and the Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA), 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 LCCA and 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 museum staff is looking forward to this collaboration” said Dena Bush, Museum Director of Operations. “We want all our visitors to have a positive museum experience and this partnership will reach out to a community that sometimes is overlooked.”

Reservations for tickets and further information will be available beginning January 8 on the museum website, Reservations are recommended.

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

LCCA, founded in 1970, is a national, not-for-profit, volunteer organization whose purpose is to promote and foster interest, research, education and enjoyment of Lionel trains. LCCA hosts several special events in various cities around the country. For more information, please visit

For more information on this event or to reserve a ticket, call Dena Bush, at 770-427-2117, extension 3184, or e-mail

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