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Farragut Folklife Museum reopens tonight


The community is invited to a grand reopening celebration at the Farragut Folklife Museum on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Following the 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 will also 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 the Farragut 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 will now receive a complete face lift.



Planned 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 now include two murals which 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 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. The display will include 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 event.



The Farragut Folklife Museum is committed to preserving the heritage of its East Tennessee community and features a remarkable collection of artifacts from the area, including an extensive collection of the personal belongings of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first Admiral of the U.S. Navy and hero of the Civil War. Housed in the Farragut Town Hall located at 11408 Municipal Center Drive, the Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission. For more information, contact Museum Coordinator Julia Jones at julia.jones@townoffarragut.org or 966-7057. Stay up-to-date at www.townoffarragut.org and like Farragut Folklife Museum on Facebook.




 

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