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Museum of Appalachia

Contact Name: Jan Marshall


2819 Andersonville Hwy
Clinton, Tennessee 37716
United States


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Phone: (865) 494-7680

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Museum of Appalachia http://www.museumofappalachia.org

The Museum of Appalachia is a pioneer village/farm with over 35 historic log cabins, barns, and gardens, encircled with hand-split cedar rail fences. There are sheep, goats, rabbits, ducks, chickens, and pigs on the 11-acre farm; mini-donkeys, mini-horses, and highland cattle inhabit neighboring fields. Two major buildings with 250,000 items, house the largest collection of Southern Appalachian artifacts anywhere. The Museum seeks not only to preserve the artifacts of Southern Appalachia but to also preserve its culture and heritage. Their mission is to educate and spark a life-long interest in, traditional music, dance, storytelling, folk art, and old-time crafts/trades.

Contact Jan Marshall at janmarshall@museumofappalachia.org


Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Museum Field Trips

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

A visit to the Museum is an outdoor classroom experience and begins with an orientation presented by traditional musicians with an interactive musical program. Students will get to hear traditional songs and have the opportunity to play make-do “instruments” such as spoons, washboards, and more. They will then embark on a tour of the Museum, to view cabins and other structures furnished in period style, along with thousands of authentic artifacts, including displays of make-do instruments, tools and Appalachian folk art, in two large exhibit buildings. The extensive grounds provide opportunities for traditional games or picnics. Teachers may download lesson plans from the Museum’s website, designed according to the state of Tennessee’s curriculum guide and formulated by grade levels to meet curriculum guidelines. History lessons are reinforced; the opportunity to see and experience life in the past makes these lessons more memorable. The old-time music supplements the experience; providing students with exposure to the traditional arts. The outdoor classroom is a valuable exposure to Tennessee history and traditional arts, both of which have suffered cuts from school budgets.

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Program Title: Student Heritage Day

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

On November 9, 2018, the Museum will host Student Heritage Day. This event is designed to provide students and adults alike with exposure to traditional Appalachian arts. The festival is a memorable, educational experience that introduces individuals to their regional culture and instills pride in their heritage. On Student Heritage Day students are given plenty of hands on, captivating opportunities to experience traditional music, storytelling, dance, folk art and historical crafts, many of them for the first time. Quality musicians and artists who possess teaching skills are contracted as presenters for this event. Guests of all ages are exposed to these traditional arts, many developing an new appreciation for, and an ongoing interest in, the pursuit of them.


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