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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 us at the Museum this summer for a variety of activities happening Tuesdays through Saturdays. In the event of a special program, the special program's schedule will take precedent. Click here for the summer schedule.
Please Note: The Children's Gallery will be intermittently closed through mid-July for renovations. Please call (615) 741-2692 before visiting if you are interested in its status. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
We can't wait to share the new interactive features and components for families to enjoy.
African Americans have been present in Southern Appalachia from as early as the 1540s to the modern day. In our June Lunch and Learn, research assistant Atalaya Dorfield will go virtual to share the history, stories, and experiences of Black life from the early 1540s to present day in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its surrounding areas. A tour of our newest exhibition, Painting the Smokies: Art, Community, and the Making of a National Park will follow the presentation for in-person attendees.
Atalaya Dorfield is the research assistant for the African American Experiences in the Smokies project at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She is from Charlotte, NC and currently resides in Asheville, NC. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Atalaya went on to earn a Master’s degree in Black British Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. With a professional background in the Higher Education and Arts & Culture fields, she is passionate about educating and connecting communities with African American and other Black diasporic histories and cultures.
This Lunch and Learn event will livestream in-person on the big screen in the Museum’s Digital Learning Center; no RSVPs are required to attend this free event. It will also be livestreamed on the Museum’s website at TNMuseum.org/Videos.
Boxed lunches made by Apple Spice Nashville are available for purchase for $12 to enjoy during the event. The lunches will include a sandwich, chips, and a cookie. Lunch orders must be placed by noon on Tuesday, June 21st. Please order your boxed lunch on the ticket registration page.
Background Image: Meadows Near Mt. Le Conte, Thompson Brothers Photograph Collection, Courtesy of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Special Collections.