Families Can Celebrate Tennessee’s Birthday This Saturday at the Tennessee State Museum and the State Library

The Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State Library & Archives will host free events Saturday where families can celebrate Tennessee’s 226th birthday.

The Statehood Day Celebration hosted by the Tennessee State Library & Archives will have live music, a children’s scavenger hunt, games, crafts, a historic photography demonstration, historical reenactments, and an open house for the Early Literacy Center at the Library & Archives.

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Slate of Proposed Legislation Seeks to Preserve, Protect and Properly Display Tennessee Historic Artifacts and Memorials

Three bills filed in the General Assembly seek to preserve, protect and properly display historic relics, artifacts and memorials primarily related to the Confederate States of America and Tennessee’s involvement during the War Between the States.

All three bills are sponsored in the state Senate by State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and in the state House by State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver (R-Lancaster) on behalf of the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ organization.

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Comptrollers Find Water Damage at $160 Million Tennessee State Museum Building

  Three buildings that are part of the Tennessee State Museum have had water damage, including the new $160 million state museum on Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall. This, according to a report Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. The museum opened last fall. At stake are many priceless artifacts from Tennessee’s long history that no amount of money could ever replace. “Although museum management took steps to deploy adequate physical safeguards to protect artifacts from water damage, the risk remains that artifacts will suffer irreparable damage, causing not only an increase in the museum’s restoration costs but also a loss of Tennessee’s cultural history,” Comptrollers wrote. Comptrollers said they met with members of the Tennessee Department of General Services to discuss the matter. The new building is under warranty for one year, and the roof is under warranty for 30 years, the report stated. “According to DGS management, from October 2018 to early February 2019, they found six leaks and repaired them. On February 6, 2019, approximately six inches of rain fell in the downtown Nashville area. On February 7, staff found two more leaks—one in an electrical closet and one in the exhibition area,” according to the audit. “DGS management stated…

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