2018 Lunch & Learn Speaker Series

Our Lunch & Learn series is just what it says — a chance for participants to eat lunch while learning something about Tennessee history at the same time. Whether you bring your lunch in a brown bag or grab a sandwich from a nearby shop, bring it to the museum and enjoy an interesting talk while you eat. Each event will last about 30 minutes and include a Q&A session.

All of the programs are FREE to the public and will take place on Level B of the State Museum in front of the stage at 12:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 15
Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage
 
The award-winning exhibition, I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage, organized by the staff at the State Museum, continues to travel to museums across the state. In this program, exhibit historians, Graham Perry, curator of Social History, and Mike Bell, curator of Popular Music, will speak and perform some of the music of black Tennesseans that transformed American music, including spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and soul music. These musicians have influenced and enriched music around the world, from the early blues legends of W. C. Handy and Bessie Smith to the soul hits of STAX Records in Memphis.
 
Image: B. B. King (1925-2015) the “King of the Blues,” courtesy of Tennessee State Photographic Services.
Thursday, March 15
Mortimer May, a Tennessee Holocaust Hero
 
In partnership with the arrival of the “Violins of Hope” project in Nashville, the Tennessee State Museum will feature a presentation by Nashville native, Jack May. He will speak on the heroism and legacy of his uncle Mortimer May, a prominent business owner in Nashville who traveled to Europe in the 1930s to help Jews escape rising Nazi tyranny and anti-Semitism. The Lunch & Learn will also provide a special opportunity to view a Tennessee State Museum artifact connected with Jewish survivors’ immigration to Nashville: a crate belonging to the Srul Kapusta family, shipped from Czechoslovakia to the National Council of Jewish Women in Nashville after World War II. The Nashville chapter of the Council was one of many organizations across the country charged with resettling Holocaust refugees. Museum curator Candace J. Adelson, Ph.D., will be on hand to discuss the crate, which will be on display at the Museum from March 9 to 18.
 
Top Image: Mortimer May from 1961. Courtesy Jack May family archives.
 
Bottom Image: Holocaust survivors’ crate, Tennessee State Museum Collection, Gift of Rodney Rosenblum.
Thursday, April 19
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  
 
Ms. Linda Wynn, assistant director at the Tennessee Historical Commission, and a prominent scholar on Civil Rights history, will present the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The talk coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. The presentation will reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments and the impact he has made on society.  
 
Image: Button commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech. Tennessee State Museum Collection.
Thursday, April 26
The History of Tennessee State Museum 
 
Did you know the origins of the Tennessee State Museum are 200 years old? TSM Director of Collections Dan Pomeroy will present the history of the State Museum and its collection, beginning with the first exhibit in Nashville in 1818. The program will feature images of the Museum from the past two centuries, including the time it was housed in War Memorial Building. During this era, 1930s until about 1980, exhibits featured a wide variety of artifacts and objects, ranging from a polar bear to an Egyptian mummy. This will be the last lunchtime lecture at the Museum’s current location before it moves to a monumental new building on the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall in the fall of 2018. 
 
Image: Portrait painting of Andrew Jackson on the battlefield at New Orleans by Ralph E.W. Earl, finished in 1817. Tennessee State Museum Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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