State Museum Commission will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 9 at Zoo Knoxville

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 | 11:56am

NASHVILLE— October 3, 2017— The next meeting of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission will be held on Monday, October 9, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. EDT, in the Lee Congleton Board Room, Zoo Knoxville, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive, Knoxville, TN 37914.

Prior to the Quarterly Commission meeting the By-Laws Operating Policies Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The Commission Audit Finance Committee will take place at 11 a.m. EDT. All meetings are open to the general public and will take place in the Lee Congleton Board Room at Zoo Knoxville.

Thomas S. Smith of Nashville serves as the chairman of the Commission and Nancy Baker De Friece, Bristol, serves as the vice chair. Other members of the Commission include: Harbert Alexander Sr., Jackson;  Victor H. Ashe, Knoxville; Pete Claussen, Knoxville; Tina Hodges, Nashville; Walter G. Knestrick, Nashville; Deputy House Speaker Steve McDaniel, Parkers Crossroads; Deanie Parker, Memphis; Representative Charles Sargent, Franklin; Laura Travis, Dayton; Senator Bo Watson, Hixson, and Eleanor Yoakum, Tazewell. Ashley Howell, Executive Director of the Tennesssee State Museum and Tennessee Historical Society President Robert N. Buchanan III serve on the Commission as Ex-Officio members.

The public can now find out more information about upcoming Commission meetings, Committee meetings and agendas, as well as the background of Commission members, at the Tennessee State Museum website at:

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 35 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 in a way that the museum is unable to do in its current and outdated location by showcasing one-of-a-kind artifacts, art and historical documents in an interactive and engaging way. 

For further information contact:
Mary Skinner
Community & Media Relations Officer
Direct: 615-253-0103