KNOXVILLE, TN – July 30, 2020 – The Museum of East Tennessee History will reopen Saturday, Aug. 1. The museum will close one hour early each day for enhanced cleaning. The hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
The East Tennessee Historical Society continues to work to curb the spread of COVID-19. The following Tennessee Pledge guidelines are being followed, slightly modifying the Museum of East Tennessee History visitor experience:
· Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available onsite)
· Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
· Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household
· Follow one-way path markers
· Stay at home if you are sick
Interactive exhibitions have been turned off, and seating has been removed to provide additional room for physical distancing. The newly-completed Children & Family gallery, History Headquarters has now been postponed to mid-October in order to adapt visitor protocols for the gallery’s highly-interactive activity stations.
The Museum of East Tennessee History features a new exhibit, “Black & White., Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era” with the stories of African American artists Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, and Ruth Cobb Brice, with contributions by guest historian Robert J. Booker.
Public programming like Brown Bag lunches, guest speakers, genealogy classes, that are held onsite have not resumed yet due to the limit on group size and physical distancing. Live visits continue via Zoom and Facebook Live to tour historic sites around the region on every other Thursday. The next virtual tour is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 and will include a visit to The McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
For more information on protocols and programming, visit www.eastTNhistory.org.
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