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The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission
For more information on the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, please contact Sharon.Dennis@tn.gov or (615) 253-0113
The Douglas Henry State Museum Commission was created with a primary function to oversee the operations of the state museum. The Commission is also entrusted by statute with establishing the strategic direction of the museum, with an emphasis on the educational and cultural enrichment of the citizens of this state. As such, it is the mission of the Commission to work to ensure that the citizens of this state have access and exposure to the museum collections and special changing exhibits, and that current collections are preserved appropriately and exposed to the public. Further, it is the mission of the Commission to work to ensure that future acquisitions are made in a deliberate manner in support of the mission and goals of the museum, for the purpose of the educational and cultural enrichment of citizens of the state.
The State Museum, at the request of the TN Speaker of the House's office, recently completed the development, design, and production of a monumental-sized photographic mural for the mezzanine level of Legislative Plaza. The permanent installation features 156 images representing all areas of the Volunteer State from east, middle and west Tennessee. The photos, taken by Chief State Photographer Jed DeKalb and others working in the state's Photographic Services division, were selected by a committee comprised of designees from the House of Representatives staff and members' offices. Shown in front of the new mural are (l to r): Rep. Steve McDaniel, the museum's Director of External Affairs Leigh Hendry, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Museum Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell, the museum's Communications Designer Steven E. Hamby and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh.