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Posts about the history of the state's food traditions, stemming from our Let's Eat! The Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food exhibition, along with stories about Woman Suffrage, explorer Richard Halliburton, and Tennesseans in WWI and WWII, were among the most popular posts on the Museum's "Stories" blog this year. In case you missed them, here are the top 10 stories of 2019.
1. A Look Back at Tennessee’s War of Roses – A brief look at the battle over Woman Suffrage in Tennessee by Mary Skinner.
2. 80 Years Ago, Tennessee’s Boy Adventurer Met His Untimely Death – An appreciation of Brownsville-native and explorer Richard Halliburton, on the 80th anniversary of this death, by author Scott Williams.
3. Tennessee State Museum to Explore the Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts in New Exhibition – Our announcement of the Between the Layers exhibition.
4. Tennessee State Museum Explores the Rich and Diverse History of Tennessee Food in New Exhibition – Our announcement of the Let’s Eat! Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food exhibition.
5. Tasting the History of Barbecue - Curator Rob DeHart’s report from a Let’s Eat! cooking class.
6. Dried Apple Stack Cake Evokes Memories of Appalachian Christmas Holidays – The history of this classic East Tennessee Christmas recipe.
7. Grant Shockley Fought and Died for America; A Decade Later, His Mother Fought for Civil Rights – The Story of Grant Shockley of Sparta, Tennessee, a U.S. Army Private in Company G of the 368th Infantry Regiment in WWI, who died in France, and his Gold Star mother's fight for her Civil Rights. By Lisa Budreau, senior curator of military history.
8. Let's Eat! Recipes from the State Museum Exhibition – Recipes featured in our exhibition's video installation.
9. Tennessee Inauguration Style | What One Governor and First Lady Wore – On the Eve of Governor Bill Lee’s inauguration, a look at outfits in the Museum’s collection worn to previous inaugurations.
10. Uncle Bobby and D-Day – A recollection by Dan Pomeroy, State Museum director of Collections, of his Uncle Bobby Kabrich, who landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, as a member of the 29th Infantry Division.