Mercy Street Blog

For the second year, the Tennessee State Museum partnered with local PBS affiliate, WNPT, to assist with a blog that further enhances readers’ knowledge about Civil War history as it related to the PBS’ original Civil War drama – Mercy Street.
 
TSM curator Rob DeHart researched and wrote the weekly blog post which draws on the museum’s Civil War collection in an effort to localize the story to the Middle Tennessee region.
 
Mercy Street revolves around the medical staff of the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia during the Civil War.
 
DeHart, with 16 years of museum experience, specializes in technology and cultural history at the museum. He is currently developing content about the period from 1760 to 1850 for the new $160 million museum opening on the corner of Jefferson Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard in 2018.
 
With each new broadcast of Mercy Street, DeHart uses the episode’s theme to examine local history, often tying it back to the State Museum’s exhibitions. For example, an episode entitled, The House Guest, was about the espionage and smuggling that took place during the war. DeHart took the opportunity to present Tennessee’s most famous Civil War espionage story – that of Sam Davis. The blog showcased the uniform coat worn by Davis and the very boot in which he was accused of smuggling the papers. Both objects are on public view in the State Museum’s Civil War exhibits. Please see the link below as an example:
 
Viewership of the blog has increased from 2,752 readers in January of 2016 (when Mercy Street first aired) to more than 4,600 viewers in January of 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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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