• More Than $25 Million Committed in Private Donations to New Tennessee State Museum Project

    Monday, October 09, 2017 | 11:10am

    Supporters include corporations, foundations and individuals from across the state

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Museum today announced that fundraising efforts for the new museum have progressed well, with more than $25 million committed by corporations, foundations and individuals statewide during the campaign’s initial “silent phase.”

    “It is exciting to have more than half of our goal committed, and we look forward to broadening our fundraising efforts now that the first phase is complete,” Tennessee State Museum Executive Director Ashley Howell said.

    “A great state deserves a great museum, and we are building a 100-year museum that will provide a memorable experience to visitors of all ages,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “I am grateful to everyone who has supported the project to date, and appreciate their commitment to this educational asset for Tennessee.”

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  • State Museum Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 9 at Zoo Knoxville

    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 11:56am

    NASHVILLE— October 3, 2017— The next meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, in the Lee Congleton Board Room, Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914.

    Prior to the Quarterly Commission meeting the By-Laws Operating Policies Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Commission Audit Finance Committee will take place at 11 a.m. EDT. All meetings are open to the general public and will take place in the Lee Congleton Board Room at Zoo Knoxville.

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  • The Tennessee State Museum Presented With Apparel Chosen by Tina Turner

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 9:09am

    The Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School and the Tennessee State Museum are proud to announce the generous gift of apparel from the internationally-acclaimed entertainer Tina Turner. This iconic look selected for an album promo shoot will be added to the collection of the State Museum and exhibited in the new museum opening in the fall of 2018.

    In a ceremony held on September 19 at the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School in Brownsville, TN, officials from Tennessee State joined Tina Turner’s longtime friend and Executive Personal Assistant Rhonda Graam and Tina Turner Museum Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark, to debut the ensemble which was personally selected by the Tennessee native and international music icon.

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  • Annual Haunted Museum Festival at State Museum on October 21

    Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 12:27pm

    The State Museum’s annual ghost story festival, Haunted Museum, will take place on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a FREE event with lots of surprises!

    The event features a “ghost trail” through the museum with prizes, crafts, and refreshments. At stops along the ghost trail there will be chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past, including the Bell Witch, the Cherokee spirit Spearfinger, John Murrell’s thumb, and many other scary tales. 

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  • New Appointment and Re-appointments for the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission

    Friday, July 28, 2017 | 3:38pm

    NASHVILLE— July 28, 2017—There has been one new appointment and three re-appointments to fill four vacancies on the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission for this fiscal year, according to a release made today. Speaker of the House Beth Harwell appointed Tina Hodges of Nashville as a new member of the commission on July 17, and re-appointed Representative Steve McDaniel of Parker Crossroads on July 1. At the same time, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally re-appointed Victor H. Ashe II of Knoxville, and Nancy Baker De Friece of Bristol. All will serve four-year terms.

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  • Exhibition opens at State Museum on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into WWI

    Wednesday, April 05, 2017 | 5:35pm

    Nashville  —  April 6, 2017  — To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, the Tennessee State Museum has organized an exhibition entitled “The Yanks are Coming!” Tennesseans in World War I. The exhibition opens at the museum on April 6 and explores Tennessee’s role in the war that came to be known as the “Great War.”  

    The first mass war of the 20th century, World War I lasted four long years, from 1914 to 1918, with the United States entering the conflict on April 6, 1917. Tennessee supplied more than 61,000 men to the Selective Service and 19,000 volunteers. Six Tennesseans would receive the Medal of Honor for their service.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Wins Multiple Awards

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:16pm

    Nashville, TN — March 23, 2017 — The Tennessee State Museum was recognized with eight different awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards Ceremony last week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    Awards of Excellence were presented for the following projects:

    Temporary Exhibit: “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage.”
    Exhibit Component: Burgner Musical Desk AV Presentation 
    Educational Programming: Lunch & Learn Series 
    Publication: 2016 Education Programs Poster

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  • State Museum Commission Announces New Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 12:06pm

    Tennessee native chosen to lead during construction of new museum

    Nashville, TN — February 7, 2017—  The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission announced today that Tennessee native Ashley Howell has accepted the position of executive director of the Tennessee State Museum.  The commission voted to offer Howell the position at its meeting on January 24.  She succeeds long serving director Lois Riggins Ezzell who retired December 31.

    “Ashley Howell will bring a new level of leadership to the Tennessee State Museum,” Commission Chairman Tom Smith said. “I am confident she is the right choice at the right time. Her background in all aspects of museum management will serve us well, and her ties to Tennessee make her an ideal choice as we prepare for the new museum’s opening late next year.”

    Howell, 40, currently serves as the deputy director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. 

    “As a child, I visited the Tennessee State Museum,” Howell said. “From early museum visits, I have taken my love of history and art and built a career around museums.  It has been an honor to work at two of our state’s outstanding cultural institutions, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Knoxville Museum of Art.  I look forward to working with Governor Haslam, the General Assembly, the museum commission and the museum foundation to lead the Tennessee State Museum at this exciting time.”

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  • Tennessee State Museum to Receive Gift of Artist Red Grooms Graphic Works

    Monday, July 11, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE — July 11, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that it has entered into a promised gift agreement with Walter and Sarah Knestrick of Nashville to receive a donation of 238 graphic artworks created by internationally acclaimed artist Red Grooms. Additionally, the museum will receive 52 commercially printed posters as part of the gift.

    Grooms, who was born and raised in Nashville, currently resides in New York City and maintains a home near Beersheba Springs, TN. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as in Europe, and Japan. Grooms’ art is included in the collections of more than 39 museums, including the State Museum.

    Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the State Museum, was a boyhood classmate of Grooms. He began collecting Grooms’ prints in the 1970s and has helped organize traveling exhibitions of the works since the 1980s.

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  • The Exhibition on the History of Tennessee’s War Memorial Building Extended

    Thursday, June 09, 2016 | 4:11pm

    NASHVILLE – June 9, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that its exhibition, Remembering the World War I Doughboy: The History of Tennessee’s War Memorial, on view at the Military Branch Museum, has been extended until December 31, 2016, due to popular demand.

    The exhibit, originally slated to conclude on June 11, highlights the history behind the War Memorial Building which was built in 1925 as a result of Tennessee’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in World War I.

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  • Project Team Announced for New Tennessee State Museum

    Friday, November 13, 2015 | 3:54pm

    Experts assembled to create a state-of-the-art facility to tell Tennessee’s story

    NASHVILLE – November 13, 2015 – Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced the team of experts that will be responsible for the design, development and construction of the new Tennessee State Museum, which is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016.

    The project team includes:
    • Compass Partners, LLC - project manager
    • EOA Architects, PLLC – architect
    • HGA – architect
    • Turner – construction manager and general contractor
    • Gallagher & Associates (G&A) – exhibit designer

    “The team of experts we’ve been able to assemble for this project is a testament to the excitement around a new, state-of-the-art museum to capture Tennessee’s rich history and look ahead to our bright future,” McDaniel said. “This team represents a good mix of homegrown talent and international expertise, and putting a group of this caliber together is a critical first step in ensuring a great museum for our state.”

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