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Recently Funded Projects

Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Nashville
2017

The Department's museum will create a brand new, 500 square foot exhibit that will introduce visitors to the story of agriculture in the state and its development over time.  It will include artifacts from the museum's vast collections, as well as maps, images and interpretive text.

East Tennessee Public Television
Knoxville
2017

The grant supports post-production and public events for one in a series of 30-minute documentaries about Knoxville and the region in the Vietnam War era.  The Sense of Revolution presents the stories and viewpoints of local veterans, supporters, and detractors, with emphasis on the period of protests that occurred in Knoxville in the context of the nation.

American Association of State and Local History
Nashville
2017

The sponsor will create and pilots three modules of a Master Local Historians program for Tennessee museum and historical societies to offer the general public.  The multi-session course will train the public to understand and use local historical resources to place family history in an historical context, and to participate in related, current civic affairs.  The course will occur in each of the three grand division of Tennessee and feature renowned historians as faculty.

Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia
Jonesborough
2017

The project exhibit showcases the art and literature of Jonesborough native Rhea Wells (1891-1962), including illustrations from his children's books and art school portfolio.  Public programs include an exhibit talk, a librarian panel discussion, and an exploration of Wells' advocacy of local support for art and literature.

Global Education Center
2017

The Center will present a series of public programs exploring the history of Africans in Mexico.  Over a nine-month period, the project includes discussions, readings, exhibitions, and arts interpretation events that examine the history and role of people of African descent in Mexican culture, and the implications for changing demographics locally.

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
Memphis
2017

The Museum will revamp its permanent exhibition, including the histories of the Illinois Central and the Memphis & Charleston railways, and their critical improtance to the history of Memphis and the region.  The project includes the creation of a curatorial/design package detailing the artifact selection, image enlargements, panels and text, and interpretive themes.

Clarence Brown Theater
Knoxville
2017

The project will feature events to connect the greater Knoxville community with noted playwright Kenneth Jones, who will discuss his use of historical events to address current issues--including the dangers of censorship--during the theater's run of his play, Alabama Story.  In addition to a free public discussion by Wright, the theater will also host an audience from a women's shelter for a performance and post-play discussion with Jones.