• New Appointment and Re-appointments for the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission

    Friday, July 28, 2017 | 3:38pm

    NASHVILLE— July 28, 2017—There has been one new appointment and three re-appointments to fill four vacancies on the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission for this fiscal year, according to a release made today. Speaker of the House Beth Harwell appointed Tina Hodges of Nashville as a new member of the commission on July 17, and re-appointed Representative Steve McDaniel of Parker Crossroads on July 1. At the same time, Tennessee Lt. Gov. Randy McNally re-appointed Victor H. Ashe II of Knoxville, and Nancy Baker De Friece of Bristol. All will serve four-year terms.

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  • Commissioner Gonzales Announces Weekly Formula Rate July 11, 2017

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 9:21am

    NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales announced today that the maximum effective formula rate of interest in Tennessee is 8.25 percent per annum.

    The rate is based on a ceiling of 4.25 percent over the weekly average prime loan rate of 4.0 percent as published by the Federal Reserve on July 10, 2017.

    Commissioner Gonzales said the rate remains in effect until the average prime loan rate as announced by the Federal Reserve Bank changes. 

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  • Exhibition opens at State Museum on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into WWI

    Wednesday, April 05, 2017 | 5:35pm

    Nashville  —  April 6, 2017  — To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into World War I on April 6, 1917, the Tennessee State Museum has organized an exhibition entitled “The Yanks are Coming!” Tennesseans in World War I. The exhibition opens at the museum on April 6 and explores Tennessee’s role in the war that came to be known as the “Great War.”  

    The first mass war of the 20th century, World War I lasted four long years, from 1914 to 1918, with the United States entering the conflict on April 6, 1917. Tennessee supplied more than 61,000 men to the Selective Service and 19,000 volunteers. Six Tennesseans would receive the Medal of Honor for their service.

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  • Tennessee State Museum Wins Multiple Awards

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 | 12:16pm

    Nashville, TN — March 23, 2017 — The Tennessee State Museum was recognized with eight different awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards Ceremony last week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    Awards of Excellence were presented for the following projects:

    Temporary Exhibit: “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage.”
    Exhibit Component: Burgner Musical Desk AV Presentation 
    Educational Programming: Lunch & Learn Series 
    Publication: 2016 Education Programs Poster

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  • State Museum Commission Announces New Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Tuesday, February 07, 2017 | 12:06pm

    Tennessee native chosen to lead during construction of new museum

    Nashville, TN — February 7, 2017—  The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission announced today that Tennessee native Ashley Howell has accepted the position of executive director of the Tennessee State Museum.  The commission voted to offer Howell the position at its meeting on January 24.  She succeeds long serving director Lois Riggins Ezzell who retired December 31.

    “Ashley Howell will bring a new level of leadership to the Tennessee State Museum,” Commission Chairman Tom Smith said. “I am confident she is the right choice at the right time. Her background in all aspects of museum management will serve us well, and her ties to Tennessee make her an ideal choice as we prepare for the new museum’s opening late next year.”

    Howell, 40, currently serves as the deputy director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. 

    “As a child, I visited the Tennessee State Museum,” Howell said. “From early museum visits, I have taken my love of history and art and built a career around museums.  It has been an honor to work at two of our state’s outstanding cultural institutions, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Knoxville Museum of Art.  I look forward to working with Governor Haslam, the General Assembly, the museum commission and the museum foundation to lead the Tennessee State Museum at this exciting time.”

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  • Haslam and Commission Chair Announce Retirement of Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

    Thursday, September 01, 2016 | 11:06am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tom Smith, chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced that Lois Riggins-Ezzell, the executive director of the Tennessee State Museum, will retire December 31. Riggins-Ezzell has led the museum since 1981. At her retirement, she will retain the title of executive director emeritus. “Lois has given her heart and soul to telling Tennessee’s story and showcasing its rich history across the country and around the world,” Haslam said.  “We are grateful for her many years of service and all that she has done for the Tennessee State Museum and for our state.”

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  • Tennessee State Museum to Receive Gift of Artist Red Grooms Graphic Works

    Monday, July 11, 2016 | 4:29pm

    NASHVILLE — July 11, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that it has entered into a promised gift agreement with Walter and Sarah Knestrick of Nashville to receive a donation of 238 graphic artworks created by internationally acclaimed artist Red Grooms. Additionally, the museum will receive 52 commercially printed posters as part of the gift.

    Grooms, who was born and raised in Nashville, currently resides in New York City and maintains a home near Beersheba Springs, TN. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as in Europe, and Japan. Grooms’ art is included in the collections of more than 39 museums, including the State Museum.

    Knestrick, the retired founder of Walter Knestrick Contractor, Inc. and a longtime friend of the State Museum, was a boyhood classmate of Grooms. He began collecting Grooms’ prints in the 1970s and has helped organize traveling exhibitions of the works since the 1980s.

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  • The Exhibition on the History of Tennessee’s War Memorial Building Extended

    Thursday, June 09, 2016 | 4:11pm

    NASHVILLE – June 9, 2016 — The Tennessee State Museum is pleased to announce that its exhibition, Remembering the World War I Doughboy: The History of Tennessee’s War Memorial, on view at the Military Branch Museum, has been extended until December 31, 2016, due to popular demand.

    The exhibit, originally slated to conclude on June 11, highlights the history behind the War Memorial Building which was built in 1925 as a result of Tennessee’s efforts to preserve the memory of those who fought and died in World War I.

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  • Project Team Announced for New Tennessee State Museum

    Friday, November 13, 2015 | 3:54pm

    Experts assembled to create a state-of-the-art facility to tell Tennessee’s story

    NASHVILLE – November 13, 2015 – Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, today announced the team of experts that will be responsible for the design, development and construction of the new Tennessee State Museum, which is scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2016.

    The project team includes:
    • Compass Partners, LLC - project manager
    • EOA Architects, PLLC – architect
    • HGA – architect
    • Turner – construction manager and general contractor
    • Gallagher & Associates (G&A) – exhibit designer

    “The team of experts we’ve been able to assemble for this project is a testament to the excitement around a new, state-of-the-art museum to capture Tennessee’s rich history and look ahead to our bright future,” McDaniel said. “This team represents a good mix of homegrown talent and international expertise, and putting a group of this caliber together is a critical first step in ensuring a great museum for our state.”

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