New Acquisitions & Donations

Each quarter the Tennessee State Museum receives numerous donations for the museum collection. Several objects are also acquired for the collection. Here are a few recent examples:
 
Signed 1819 Musical Secretary from Greene County
A cherry secretary by John C. Burgner (1797-1863), who made furniture as well as musical instruments, was recently acquired at auction for the museum's furniture collection. There is a zither (a stringed instrument like an autoharp), attached to the underside of the case top, which sounds a chord when the top drawer is extended, strummed by a quill set into the back of the drawer. Signed early Tennessee furniture is extremely rare. This piece has a label which reads, “Made by J. C. Burgner for William Paton, September the 8 1819.” The secretary is highly decorative with curly maple and various burl veneers. John Burgner and his brothers, Jacob, Henry, Christian, and Daniel made furniture primarily in the Horse Creek Community in Greene County from 1817 until 1902. Play the video below to learn more!
 

Cabinet from 9/11
The museum recently received a filing cabinet found among the debris of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. The museum has added it to the collection to signify this very tragic day in American history. Museum Military Curator Lisa Budreau heard that artifacts from 9/11, stored in a warehouse, were being distributed to non-profits and state entities. She made the request to the NY/NJ Port Authority who sent the item to the museum. In looking at the papers inside the cabinet, Budreau identified the company, and talked to a former employee who worked there. He told her that he had just changed jobs and left the World Trade Center five days before the airplanes destroyed the complex.
 
 
 
 
 

Camouflage
The ceramic sculpture, created by artist Nancy Cavener Jacobsohn, was acquired for the museum’s collection. The artist explained the inspiration behind her work: “My daughter, Vicki graduated from Franklin High School and to our surprise, wanted to enroll in the military. She was stationed in Bahrain during the assault on the World Trade Center. The base commander instructed them not to show any emotion to the outside civilians, hence the camouflage, not only on her fatigues, but all over her body. She actually owned that teddy bear with the American flag sweater. I chose to portray it torn asunder to represent the loss of innocence experienced by the soldiers in wartime. In my portrayal, she is attempting to sew the pieces back together.”
“She is currently studying at Vanderbilt in the Ph.D. program and PTSD is one of her major areas of interest. When I first exhibited this piece, Vicki was still in the Middle East. I would put candles in front of it to light her way home. She came home. So many don't,” Cavener Jacobsohn added.
 

Tennessee Jacket by Manuel
Nationally renowned fashion designer and country music performance costumer Manuel Arturo José Cuevas Martínez, Sr., or just “Manuel” as he is known, designed this jacket to symbolize the State of Tennessee.
 
After moving to Nashville from Los Angeles in the late 1990s, Manuel, who was born in Mexico, began creating a 50-piece State Jacket Collection as his gift of gratitude to the United States. He researched history and symbols for each state for the colorful embroidered decorations, which are accented with rhinestones. The collection debuted in 2005 at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The Tennessee Jacket has now found a home in the State Museum's permanent collection.
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505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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