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:

African American Baby Quilt (ca.1950s) 

A cotton crib quilt, most likely used for an African American infant, has been purchased for the State Museum’s textile collection. “Fewer baby blankets and quilts have come down to us in good condition because they were heavily used and suffered much wear and tear,” explained Candace Adelson, TSM senior curator of Fashion & Textiles. “The 1950s is a period that is not well represented in the museum’s quilt collection. This is a wonderful example of African American craftsmanship and design from that period.”

 

 


Mississippian Period Earthenware Pot ​

A Native American clay pot with a lunette rim band that dates back to the Mississippian Period was recently donated to the museum’s collection. The earthenware vessel, which measures 7” high x 8” in diameter, was found at Moccasin Bend near the Tennessee River in Hamilton County in the 1950s by avocational archaeologist Harold Love. It was donated by Mark Tolley of the Tennessee Ancient Sites Conservancy. Tolley’s parents purchased the pot from Love when he was a child.

 


Series of Historic Photographs of Scopes Monkey Trial

A collection of historic photos from one of America’s most famous courtroom battles was recently given to the museum. In 1925 in Dayton, TN, the so-called “Monkey Trial” began with John Thomas Scopes, a young high school science teacher, who was accused of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee state law. The trial symbolized the conflict between science and theology, faith and reason, individual liberty and majority rule and was the object of intense nationwide publicity. The photographs capture many of the famous people associated with the trial including two of the country’s most notable attorneys William Jennings Bryan and Clarence J. Darrow.


W. Brantley Smith Painting Palette

Tennessee artist W. Brantley Smith 
(1874 - 1947), studied art in New York at the William Merritt Chase School of Art. Early in his career, Smith had studios in New York City and Newport, RI. During the winters of the late 1930s and early 1940s, Smith had studios in Boca Raton and Palm Beach, FL. He taught art in Winchester and Jasper, TN. The State Museum has received a gift of a painting palette which the artist once used.





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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.

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TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
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tn4me

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