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Celebrate Tennessee with Free Statehood Day Events

Tennessee State Museum joins Tennessee State Library & Archives and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park with special events.

The Tennessee State Museum will commemorate Tennessee’s 227th birthday on Thursday, June 1 with free Statehood Day events starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.

Activities include:

  • Tennessee-themed Storytime in the Children’s Gallery with guests Miss Tennessee America Lauren Dickson and Miss Tennessee Cosmos Amanda Bell
  • a keynote lecture from the Museum’s chief curator Richard White
  • print shop demonstrations
  • highlight tours
  • cupcakes and more!

The Museum joins its neighbors at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Library & Archives in hosting free activities throughout the day.

Tennessee State Museum Schedule:

10:30 a.m. Ms. Tennessee Cosmos Amanda Bell reads for Storytime with the book, V for Volunteer by Michael Shoulders (Author) and Bruce Langton (Illustrator) | Children’s Gallery

11 a.m. | Keynote Lecture – Tennessee State Museum Chief Curator Richard White presents “The Steps to Statehood Through Material Culture” |  Digital Learning Center

Chief Curator Richard White discusses the steps taken to become an official state in 1796. He will be highlighting artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

11:30 a.m. |  Miss Tennessee America Lauren Dickson reads for Storytime with the book Count on Us by Michael Shoulders (Author) and Bruce Langton (Illustrator) | Children’s Gallery

12 – 12:30 p.m. | Statehood Day remarks from the representatives of the Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee State Library & Archives and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park; Miss Tennessee America Lauren Dickson reading of Tennessee State Poem “Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee” by Naval Adm. William Porter Lawrence; Cupcakes | Grand Hall

12:45 p.m. | State Symbol Scavenger Hunt lead by Mrs. Barbara | Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Join Mrs. Barbara on a fun outside scavenger hunt that encourages kids to spot some of the state symbols of Tennessee. Meet in the Children’s Gallery and walk together to Bicentennial Mall State Park.

1 p.m. | Highlight Tour | Galleries on 2nd Floor

Enjoy a free guided highlight tour of the Tennessee State Museum galleries. The tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour.

1:30 p.m. | Storytime with the book Knoxville, Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni (author) and Larry Johnson (Illustrator) | Children’s Gallery

2 p.m. | Highlight Tour  | Galleries on 2nd Floor

Enjoy a free guided highlight tour of the Tennessee State Museum galleries. The tour lasts 45 minutes to one hour.

All Day Programs for Statehood Day

10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Print Shop Demonstration | Forging a Nation Gallery on 2nd Floor

Have you ever wondered how an 18th century print shop worked? Join us as they demonstrate how the printing press works.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Family Activities | Children’s Gallery and Education Suite

Join us as they celebrate the State of Tennessee with crafts throughout the day.

1 p.m. | Historic Games | Front Lawn of Museum

Try out some old-fashioned fun with Historic Games on the Front Lawn!

For more information about Tennessee State Museum, visit tnmuseum.org

 

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Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.