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‘Crafting Appalachia, 2011’ classes under way at Doak House Museum

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‘Crafting Appalachia, 2011’ classes under way at Doak House Museum

Posted on 14 July 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Kathy Cuff, museum assistant, makes finishing touches on a basket during a recent class at the Doak House Museum. The museum on the Tusculum College campus will be offering classes for adults in broom making, ballad singing and 19th century art techniques in the coming months.

A series of traditional arts and crafts classes for adults at the Doak House Museum is providing a doorway into the rich Appalachian cultural heritage of this region.

The Doak House Museum on the Tusculum College campus is offering a series of classes called “Crafting Appalachia, 2011.” The four offerings include classes in broom making, ballad singing, 19th century art techniques and basket weaving. The series has been made possible in part by a generous two-year grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee.

The first in the series, a basket weaving class for beginners, was held this past week. Taught by Darlene “Honey” McCleish, participants finished two baskets and were able to take a third project home. “It was exciting to see all the new faces learning an old-time craft,” said Leah Walker, site manager of the Doak House Museum.

Broom Making will be the next class. Led by local artisan Keith Bowman, the class will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays in August – Aug. 6, 13 and 20. Class members will finish seven brooms over the three days. The $55 class fee covers all materials and instruction.

Renowned storytellers and balladeers Sheila Kay Adams and Judy Rhodes will teach “Ballad Singing: Storytelling through Song” on Sept. 9 and 10. Adams has been a featured teller numerous times at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough and is a keeper of the old-time song traditions of the mountains. Rhodes is an accomplished musician and performer who teaches voice and piano and is constantly seeking to explore new expressions of music, song and story.

The series will conclude with a class in 19th century art techniques, focusing on papier mache sculpture. All artistic skill levels are welcome in this class. Dates for this class have not been set and will be announced at a later time.

Class sizes are limited. To make a reservation or find out more information, please call Walker at 4723-636-8554 or email lwalker@tusculum.edu.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

 

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‘Up, Up and Away’ event set for Saturday, Aug. 6

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‘Up, Up and Away’ event set for Saturday, Aug. 6

Posted on 26 June 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tethered hot air balloon rides will be featured in the “Up, Up and Away” event on Saturday, Aug. 6. The rides at last year’s event, above, were popular, providing a unique view of the surrounding mountains.

Up, Up and Away,” an event featuring dinner, live music and tethered hot air balloon rides, will be Saturday, Aug. 6.

The event, a benefit for the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association, will be 6 to 9 p.m. at the home of Richard Scull in Ripley Island Road in eastern Greene County. The fun, festive dinner will feature live music by the JB and the Honeybeans and the Smooth Sounds of Route 66. The event will also feature free tethered hot air balloon rides and a live auction.

Proceeds from “Up, Up & Away” will be used to support the National History Day program in ten counties of Northeast Tennessee, one of the educational programs supported by the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association.

“Our region has one of the most successful National History Day programs in the state, thanks in part to this fundraiser,” said Joyce Doughty, president of the association. The National History Day program impacted more than 700 middle and high school students in the region last year, and is growing annually.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus, Popcorn Video, the downtown location of Chocolate Café and at the Main Street Greeneville office. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Cuff at (423)636-7348 or kcuff@tusculum.edu

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Museums of Tusculum receive two awards from state association

Posted on 27 April 2011 by eestes@tusculum.edu

musuemawardsThe Museums of Tusculum College were recently honored with two awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums.

The awards were presented during the Tennessee Association of Museums annual conference, held his year in Johnson City.

The Museums of Tusculum received an Award of Excellence for its monthly email newsletter, which was accepted by Dollie Boyd, interim director of the museums. The monthly newsletter is an attractive, full-color informational electronic publication that features the latest news and upcoming events of the two museums on the Tusculum College campus, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library.

Featured in the newsletter are historic tidbits about Tusculum College. For example, the March newsletter contained a feature about the college’s history of women’s education in celebration of Women’s History Month and an article about Julia Doak, who in 1879 became the first female graduate of Tusculum College.

A monthly feature in the newsletter, “Receipts from Mrs. Doak’s Kitchen” provides recipes and other cooking and housekeeping tips from the 19th century.

Also recognized was “Pickin’ at the Doaks,” the museums’ monthly free traditional music jam session, which earned the Museums’ an Award of Commendation. Leah Walker ’04, site manager for the museums who created the program, accepted the award.

“Pickin’ at the Doaks” began last summer as musicians were invited to come to the museums for a jam session of traditional music and the public was invited to come and listen to music enjoyed in this region for years.  The jam session, which takes place on the fourth Friday of each month, has attracted a number of musicians and growing number of appreciative listeners.

Most of the performances during the summer and fall were held on the lawn at the Doak House Museum, except in cases of inclement weather when they were held inside the museum.  Taking a break for the holidays, the program resumed earlier this year at the Doak House Museum and is being held indoors until the weather warms.

The two museums on campus are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies. The Doak House Museum is the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of Tusculum College, and hosts thousands of school children from the region for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century as well as other community programs.

The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library houses a special collection of items relating to the 17th president, the college’s archives, special themed exhibits and volumes from the institution’s original library.

The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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