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Each week on the Junior Curators blog, we travel back in time to a different place in Tennessee history. Stories may be about a famous person, place or event from Tennessee’s past. They will include things like priceless artifacts, pictures, videos, and even some games. Be sure to better understand the story by answering the questions at the end of each post.
After learning the story, be sure to share what you've learned with your parents, family, or friends. Try making your own exhibit about it, shooting a movie, or writing a story about it. Let your creativity run wild!
by Lauren Grizzard
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are celebrating something Tennessee is most well-known for: Our musicians. Answer each question and write down your answer. At the end, tally up what letter you have the most of to discover which female Tennessee musician you are!
1. What genre of music do you like the most?
2. Which song sounds the most interesting to you?
A. Coat of Many Colors
B. Down Hearted Blues
C. River Deep Mountain High
3. Choose your favorite artifact:
4. Choose a city in Tennessee:
A. Locust Ridge
5. What would you want to name your album?
A. My Tennessee Mountain Home
B. St. Louis Blues
C. Simply the Best
6. Which nickname would you want to go by?
A. Smoky Mountain Songbird
B. Empress of Blues
C. Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll
7. Choose an instrument:
Which letter have you written down the most? Scroll down to see which Tennessee artist you are!
You are the Smoky Mountain Songbird, Dolly Parton (1946 - )! From Locust Ridge in East Tennessee, Dolly has become a country music icon across the globe. Popular for songs like 9-5, Jolene, and I Will Always Love You, Dolly continues to represent Tennessee through her music and generosity.
You are Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith (1894-1937)! From Chattanooga in East Tennessee, Bessie became an influence for many modern artists. Popular for songs like Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, Downhearted Blues, and St. Louis Blues, Bessie gave voice to the working class through her powerful voice and lyrics.
You are the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner (1939 - )! From Nutbush in West Tennessee, Tina became a defining voice of the genre. Popular for songs like The Best, What’s Love Got to Do With It, and Proud Mary, Tina has left her mark on the world forever.
To learn more about Dolly Parton, check out: https://tnmuseum.org/junior-curators/posts/they-call-me-the-book-lady-the-story-of-dolly-parton
To learn more about Bessie Smith, check out: https://tnmuseum.org/junior-curators/posts/from-chattanooga-to-the-empress-of-the-blues
To learn more about Tina Turner, check out: https://tnmuseum.org/junior-curators/posts/tina-turner-from-nutbush-city-limits-to-life-as-the-queen-of-rock--roll
Lauren Grizzard is the Scheduling Coordinator at the Tennessee State Museum.