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All recurring events are free of charge and first-come, first-served. In the event of a special program that conflicts with the recurring event, the special program's schedule will take precedent. Schedule may change due to holidays.
Museum Highlight Tours: Thursday – Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Frontier Printshop Demo: Every Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Storytime in the Children’s Gallery: Every Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. On every third Saturday of the month, Storytime will feature an American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter from our community partner, BRIDGES For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Black History Tours: Every Saturday in February at 1:00 p.m.
Back by popular demand, the Tennessee State Museum's “Craft a New Year: Learning Craft Workshop Series," presented in Partnership with Tennessee Craft, returns in January 2023 with classes in Cherokee basket/mat weaving, book making, weaving and clay. For four Saturdays in January, we’ll offer introductory classes in accessible and tradition craft mediums taught by some of the top artists and teachers in their fields. Each class is a one-day, seven-hour course designed to get you started in a particular Tennessee craft tradition. Think of it as an opportunity to learn something new ... by learning something traditional. All skill levels are welcome, but classes are designed for beginning adults with little or no experience.
In this workshop, students will learn how to make the Standard Diary: a pocket-sized notebook used by the American working class during the turn of the 20th century. This popular portable stationery binding often featured a cloth or leather cover with a tucking enclosure, a pencil holder, an almanac, a pocket, and a calendar. These journals encouraged brief daily reflections and the collection of information such as addresses, phone numbers, tracking correspondences, cash receipts, and more. As a precursor to the modern day smartphone, this book was an ephemeral catch-all for every aspect of daily life for a full calendar year.
Mary Louise Sullivan is a bookbinder and printmaker who owns and operates Crowing Hens Bindery in Nashville, Tennessee. After earning a BA in Fine Art at Maryville College, Sullivan joined the ranks at Hatch Show Print as a designer and letterpress printer. There she was introduced to bookbinding, which led to her pursuing an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in Iowa City. She studied papermaking, fine press printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. Afterwards, Sullivan moved back to her hometown of Nashville and founded Crowing Hens Bindery in 2014. She specializes in high-quality, hand-made stationery goods such as traditional stationery bookbinding, letterpress printed stationery, book jewelry, and decorative papers.
Early Bird Discount: Save 20% by Purchasing by December 16!
Before December 16 at 5 p.m. CT: $95
After December 16 at 5 p.m. CT: $120
The course fee will go up to $120 after December 16 after 5 p.m. CT. The course fee is non-refundable. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Byrn at Public.Programs@tn.gov.