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Reopening celebration set at Folklife Museum


The community is invited to a grand reopening celebration at Farragut Folklife Museum Thursday, Feb. 2.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m., several local historians will give a lecture on the history of the community at 6:30 p.m. The evening also will include tours of the museum and light refreshments.

The permanent exhibits in the 25-year-old Folklife Museum have remained relatively unchanged since the museum moved to its current location in Town Hall 20 years ago. While the Admiral David Glasgow Farragut Gallery underwent updates in 2009, the Doris Woods Owens Gallery and the Bill Dunlap Gallery now have received a complete facelift.

Updates include a vignette that will be used for various

staging purposes, the first of which will be a sitting room featuring items that would have been common around the turn of the century.


The museum's permanent Civil War exhibit will move to the Bill Dunlap Gallery and will include two murals that depict key figures from both the Confederate and Union armies. Additional museum enhancements include new flooring and paint and updated interpretive signage.

In addition, a special “World's Fair Exhibit” will debut at the grand reopening event and will be on display through Friday, May 18.

The exhibit will feature a wide variety of artifacts currently in the museum collection as well as items on loan from museum committee members, including items from Fair booths representing various countries; a slide show of the exhibitions and T-shirts, mugs, commemorative beer and other souvenirs saved from the World’s Fair in Knoxville.

For more information, visit www.townoffarragut.org/

 

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