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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Tasting Tennessee: A Culinary Tour of the Volunteer State
What defines Tennessee cuisine? Join us as we explore places to eat across the state that distinguishes the unique local flavors that certain regions are known for. The discussion will be led by Rob DeHart, curator of the temporary exhibition, Let’s Eat!: Origins and Evolutions of Tennessee Food. From barbecued ham and buttermilk in the east to soul food and slugburgers in the west, this program is guaranteed to make you hungry.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Healthy Activities at State Parks
Learn more about the ways our state parks can contribute to a healthy and active lifestyle. The State Museum, in partnership with Cumberland River Compact and Tennessee State Parks, hosts a free presentation with Park Ranger Hobart Aiken.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: From Nashville to Havana
Nashville Zoo exists today due to the foresight of two ladies, Margaret and Elise Croft. In October 2018, Tori Mason, Grassmere Historic Farm and Croft House Site Manager, and Jennifer Randles, Tennessee State Library and Archives Digital Materials Librarian, traveled to Florida and Cuba for research on the Croft sisters’ business. In Florida they conducted oral history interviews with 94-yr old Bradford Dallas, the man who was their business administrator, and who was in Havana during the Cuban Revolution. Several of his letters and other documents are on the the Tennessee Virtual Archive website (teva.contentdm.oclc.org). They also spent time in Havana traveling around to various locations associated with the Crofts and the Dallas family. Join us for this presentation on the research conducted on the Croft family’s life in Cuba.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: From Nothing to Something -The Innovation of African American Music
Scheduled to open in early 2020, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) exists to educate the world, preserve the legacy and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. Acting as a “Museum Without Walls,” NMAAM currently provides educational programming to illuminate the many connections and influences African American composers have had on more than 50 genres and styles of music. Join NMAAM for a demonstration of From Nothing to Something (FN2S), a program that explores the transformative, inspirational and educational influence of music history and techniques used by African Americans to turn common, household items into musical instruments.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:00 p.m.
Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson's Journey - Discussion with John Guider and Will Pedigo - In 2016, Nashville adventurer and photographer, John Guider, retraced the journey of John Donelson eastern Tennessee to the Cumberland river valley and captured those same rivers through the lens of his camera. His photographs reveal much about human impact on the rivers, as well as a more complete understanding of early Tennessee history. Guider is joined by NPT Executive Producer Will Pedigo for a discussion of Donelson, his journey and the film. Watch the documentary here, and return for the discussion.
Wednesday, May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Bones of My Grandfather, Reclaiming a Tennessee Hero - In his new book, Bones of My Grandfather, Clay Bonnyman Evans tells the remarkable story of his grandfather, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. Killed on Nov. 22, 1943 in the battle of Tarawa and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Bonnyman Jr.’s remains were not recovered until 2015. Evans presents slides and videos of his grandfather’s remarkable life and the incredible efforts to find him and bring him back home to Tennessee for burial.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Stories from the Secret City - The Tennessee city of Oak Ridge was established by the US government in 1942 to serve as a home base to the Manhattan Project, and soon after became known as the Secret City. Join Ray Smith, former Oak Ridge Historian to learn about the history and legacy of this fascinating site, through funny and moving stories. Stories from the Secret City will feature its history in photos, video and stories from the Manhattan Project to present day missions.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Tennessee Quilts: Discovery and Indentification - In conjunction with our exhibition, Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts, this symposium includes lectures from notable quilts experts, including Merikay Waldvogel, Margaret Ordoñez, Ph.D., and Teri Klassen, Ph.D.