Tennessee State Museum Offers Three Lunch & Learn Lectures before May 6 Closing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee State Museum presents three free Lunch & Learn lectures April 19, April 26 and May 3 before the museum closes in its current location.

The museum will reopen in October 2018 in its new building on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.

Lunch & Learn lectures will focus on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 19), the history of the Tennessee State Museum (April 26), and the Cumberland River (May 3) during a special event at the Nashville Bridge Building. Information about all three events is below.

The museum will host a "Pack the Wagon" closing party 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5 and officially closes 5 p.m. May 6. Information on the closing party is at www.tnmuseum.org.

Lunch & Learn: The Legacy Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Tennessee State Museum (505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 615-741-2692)

 

Linda Wynn, assistant director at the Tennessee Historical Commission, and a prominent scholar on Civil Rights history, will present the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The talk coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The presentation will reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments and the impact he made on society. 

Lunch & Learn: The History of the Tennessee State Museum

12:15 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Tennessee State Museum

Did you know the origins of the Tennessee State Museum are 200 years old? Director of Collections Dan Pomeroy will present the history of the state museum and its collection, beginning with the first exhibit in 1818. The program will feature images of the museum from the past two centuries including the time it was housed in War Memorial Building. During the 1930s until 1980, exhibits featured a wide variety of artifacts and objects, ranging from a polar bear to an Egyptian mummy. This will be the last lunchtime lecture at the Museum’s current location before it moves to a monumental new building on the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall in the fall of 2018.

Lunch & Learn: A Historical "Superhighway" Through Middle Tennessee

Noon, Thursday, May 3, Bridge Building (2 Victory Ave, Ste. 300, Nashville, TN 37213)

Although not as large as the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, the Cumberland River has been no less important as a transportation network. The Cumberland has served as an integral transportation route since humans have inhabited Tennessee. It is no accident that Nashville was built on the Cumberland, because even during pre-Columbian times, the area was the center of a sizeable salt industry, its salt springs attracted plentiful game, and its flood plains provided excellent farming soil. Tennessee State Museum Curator of Social History, Graham Perry, will give historic context to this waterway that flows through the center of Nashville.

The State Museum’s Lunch & Learn series is a chance for participants to eat a brown bag lunch while learning about Tennessee history. Presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. All programs are free to the public and take place on Level B of the State Museum in front of the stage. For those unable to attend the Lunch and Learn, the event will be Livestreamed on the Tennessee State Museum’s Facebook Page.

About the Tennessee State Museum:

The Tennessee State Museum was established by law in 1937 “to bring together the various collections of articles, specimens, and relics now owned by the State under one divisional head,” and “to provide for a transfer of exhibits wherever they may be.” 

Today, the Tennessee State Museum is housed in the James K. Polk building in downtown Nashville, where it has been for nearly 37 years. Gov. Bill Haslam proposed and the Tennessee General Assembly approved $120 million in the FY-2015-16 budget to build a new home for the Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall to maximize the state’s rich history by creating a state-of-the-art educational asset and tourist attraction for the state. The governor also announced that $40 million would be raised in private funds for the project.

A 140,000 square foot facility is being built on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall at the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street to tell Tennessee’s story by showcasing one-of-a-kind artifacts, art and historical documents in an interactive and engaging way. More information on the museum can be found at www.tnmuseum.org.

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Cindy Dupree

Director of Public Relations
cindy.dupree@tn.gov
615) 741-9010