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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join Tennessee State Museum curators Annabeth Hayes and Brigette Jones -- in-person or online -- for a lunchtime discussion about the selection of artifacts and stories featured in our new exhibit experience Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection.
On June 1, 2021, Tennessee will commemorate the 225th anniversary of it becoming a state in 1796. This new tour through our galleries focuses on 100 objects that tell the stories of the many people that have contributed to Tennessee’s history and culture since it was first settled by Native Americans. In this Lunch & Learn, Hayes and Jones will talk more about the tour as they explore a few of the artifacts, including the earliest known sampler made by Nancy Reece, a Cherokee woman, near present-day Chattanooga; the story of Union City’s Dorris Tanner, who served as a pilot during World War II; and a harmonica played by influential harmonica-player DeFord Bailey, who was one of the earliest Black performers on the Grand Ole Opry.
Join us at the Museum in our Digital Learning Center, or view the discussion online via our Videos pages at TNMuseum.org/Videos. Guests will be able to ask questions during the discussion that will be answered towards the end of the talk, should time allow. Join us June 16 at noon to 1 p.m. CST (1 to 2 p.m. EST)