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Evening at the Museum
April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
On Thursday, April 13th,guests will have a chance to stay late at the Jonesborough & WashingtonCounty History Museum located inside the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center. TheHeritage Alliance will be hosting a special reception from 6:00 – 7:30 pm fortheir current exhibits, including: “Eight Myths About Appalachia,” “Fifty Yearsof the National Storytelling Festival,” and “Elihu Embree and Nancy: Principlevs. Practice.” We invite the community to come out for some history, music, games,and a chance to tell us what you would like to see in your local museum. The Bluebirds,a local bluegrass music act, will provide entertainment for the event and lightrefreshments will be served.
The Jonesborough & Washington CountyHistory Museum has been located in the Visitor’s Center since the 1980s. It hasundergone several renovations, but some aspects have not changed since themuseum opened over thirty years ago. The Heritage Alliance maintains the museum,and we would love to hear from the public as we work to make improvements tothe space. Our organization hosts temporary exhibits every year, and we are excitedto showcase our recent displays about Appalachian myths and stereotypes,storytelling, and The Emancipator.
“A county museum is where a communitygets to tell its story. We hope that folks will come and visit the museum andshare their ideas with us,” Executive Director Anne Mason encourages. Thisevening is also the perfect time to learn more about volunteer opportunities withthe Heritage Alliance, especially in the museum collections and archives. TheHeritage Alliance always welcomes individuals interested in working withphysical collections (such as transcribing letters, accessioning materials,organizing items, etc.) and with digital collections (scanning, uploading,tagging documents and photos).
Items currently on display in the museuminclude artifacts from the National Story League on loan from the StorytellingResource Place, a beautiful collection of Cherokee China, and the clock thatused to keep time in the 1847 Washington County Courthouse. Join us on April 13thfor a special evening full of history, music, and fun. The Heritage Alliancewould especially like to acknowledge and thank Humanities Tennessee, whogenerously funded “The Eight Myths About Appalachia” exhibit via a 2022 SHARPGrant, courtesy of the NEH.
TheHeritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural,historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educationalexperiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. For more information, please call our officeat 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can also be foundonline at http://www.heritageall.org/.