Jul
16
to Nov 30

Bicentennial Exhibit- Sugar Chests

In celebration of the McMinn County Bicentennial, the Museum is showcasing a new exhibit that features antique sugar chest. Stop by for a visit.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Sunday - Monday (Closed)

Tour admission: $5 adults, $3 senior adults/students

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Oct
1
to Oct 30

Annual Quilt Show "The Tradition Continues"

You’re invited to the 33rd Annual Quilt Show. “The Tradition Continues” as the Heritage Quilt Guild host another show which features over 100 quilts. This show has a tradition of being one of the longest running quilt shows in the Southeast Region. Prizes are awarded in the following categories: applique, pieced, group (3 or more), mixed technique, modern, small bed, wall hanging and miscellaneous.

Admission: $5 non members, Museum members Free

Hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM); Sunday - Monday (closed)

Sponsored by: Denso Manufacturing of Athens and Tennessee Arts Commission

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Tennessee Quilt Study Group

The Tennessee Quilters Study Group will host their Fall meeting at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum. Address: 522 W. Madison Avenue, Athens, TN 37303

This meeting is hosted by Cindy Stuart. This event is free.

Suzanne McDowell will give an update on her research “Stuck on You…Alamance Plaids Revisited”

Jeanie Deeley will be speaking about the Quilts of Mrs. Melrose of Dayton, TN

A time of “show & tell”: bring a quilt with a woven check back, or just bring a new or favorite antique quilt to share with other members. (limit 2 per person)

Please call the Museum for lunch and registration details 423-745-0329

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Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday House

A festive evening to kickoff the holiday season with the famous bake sale and dinner with an opportunity to purchase unique auction items. This ticketed event is open to the entire community. Proceeds benefit the Museum.

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Dec
18
to Jan 25

Crossroads Exhibit "Change in Rural America"

An exhibit that showcases a Museum on Main Street exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution. Brought to you by your state humanities council. Funded by the U.S. Congress.

Celebrating communities in Rural America.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

Exhibit dates: Wednesday, December 18,2019 - Saturday, January 25, 2020

Tour hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM); Sunday - Monday (CLOSED)

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Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Receiving quilts for show

You are invited to enter your quilt into the 2019 Annual Quilt Show “The Tradition Continues”

Categories: Applique, pieced, group (3 or more), mixed technique, modern, small bed, wallhanging, and miscellaneous.

Note: The category for each quilt entry is determined by the Quilt Show Committee. There is no limit to the number of quilts that may be entered in the show; but only 4 quilts per entrant are allowed to be judged. It is also encouraged that a 4” sleeve is attached to each quilt entered.

Receiving dates:

September 19 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

September 20 (10 AM - 4 PM)

September 21 (10 AM - 2 PM)

September 28 (10:30 AM) Awards Ceremony

If you would like to enter a quilt. Please contact Edna Lunsford at the Museum, 423-745-0329, or elunsford@livingheritagemuseum.com and she will send you the appropriate entry form.

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Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Receiving quilts for show

You are invited to enter your quilt into the 2019 Annual Quilt Show “The Tradition Continues”

Categories: Applique, pieced, group (3 or more), mixed technique, modern, small bed, wallhanging, and miscellaneous.

Note: The category for each quilt entry is determined by the Quilt Show Committee. There is no limit to the number of quilts that may be entered in the show; but only 4 quilts per entrant are allowed to be judged. It is also encouraged that a 4” sleeve is attached to each quilt entered.

Receiving dates:

September 19 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

September 20 (10 AM - 4 PM)

September 21 (10 AM - 2 PM)

September 28 (10:30 AM) Awards Ceremony

If you would like to enter a quilt. Please contact Edna Lunsford at the Museum, 423-745-0329, or elunsford@livingheritagemuseum.com and she will send you the appropriate entry form.

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Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

Receiving quilts for show

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You are invited to enter your quilt into the 2019 Annual Quilt Show “The Tradition Continues”

Categories: Applique, pieced, group (3 or more), mixed technique, modern, small bed, wallhanging, and miscellaneous.

Note: The category for each quilt entry is determined by the Quilt Show Committee. There is no limit to the number of quilts that may be entered in the show; but only 4 quilts per entrant are allowed to be judged. It is also encouraged that a 4” sleeve is attached to each quilt entered.

Receiving dates:

September 19 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM)

September 20 (10 AM - 4 PM)

September 21 (10 AM - 2 PM)

September 28 (10:30 AM) Awards Ceremony

If you would like to enter a quilt. Please contact Edna Lunsford at the Museum, 423-745-0329, or elunsford@livingheritagemuseum.com and she will send you the appropriate entry form.

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Sep
14
11:00 AM11:00

Primitive Paintings Exhibit & Demo

Becky McGrew is a self-taught folk art painter & potter, using oils and her own interpretation and techniques.

This Heritage School Program will focus on Primitive Folk Art Oil Painting. Becky will talk about her experiences with folk art and how she has used it to develop family paintings. She will also have examples of folk potter in display.

Admission: $5 (non members); FREE (Museum members)

Heritage School is sponsored by the C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation

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Sep
14
to Sep 21

"Remembering Our Fallen- Tennessee"

Remembering Our Fallen is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military Fallen from The War on Terror (9/11/2001 - Present).  Unlike brick and mortar memorials, Remembering Our Fallen is designed to travel and includes both military and personal photos.  Its legacy will be that these men and women will be remembered and their names will be spoken, while helping to lessen the grief of their families.

This event is hosted by: United Veterans Council of East Tennessee

For further details please visit: https://www.patrioticproductions.org/rememberingourfallen

Tour hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM), Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Closed: Sunday - Monday

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Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Lego Adventure

Enjoy an afternoon of games and activities as Program Coordinator Edna Lunsford takes you on a LEGO Adventure! Please stop by the Museum to register prior to the day of event. Cost is $5 per child and space is limited (24). Includes refreshments and fun!

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Aug
3
11:00 AM11:00

Community Artist League Reception

The Community Artist League will host a reception for the opening of the

“Tennessee Life Reflections” Art Exhibit.

This reception is open to the public.

Art Exhibit will be held August 3 - August 30

Exhibit Hours:

Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM), Saturday (10 AM - 4PM);

Sunday-Monday (Closed)

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Aug
3
to Aug 30

"Tennessee Life Reflections" Art Exhibit

The Community Artist League will host an month-long art exhibit,

“Tennessee Life Reflections”

This is exhibit is open to the public.

Admission: $5 adults; $3 Sr. adults/students

Exhibit Dates: August 3 - August 30 *Reception: Saturday, August 3 (11 AM - 2 PM)

Exhibit Days/Hours:

Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4PM); Sunday - Monday (CLOSED)

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Jul
27
11:30 AM11:30

Summer Luncheon "Make Your Table Special"

Enjoy an afternoon lunch with friends while learning tips and techniques for dressing your table for the holiday or for any season. Presenters: Patti Greek (Greeks Bearing Gifts), Keith Bester & Lugh Lumley (Ambiance). The lunch will be catered by Ambiance. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Museum. This event is sponsored by Starr Regional Medical Center.


Location: 522 W. Madison Avenue, Athens TN 37303

Phone: 423-745-0329

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Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

"Living Sculptures" by Topiary Joe Kyte

Joe Kyte will host a Heritage School Program to demonstrate how he creates “living sculptures” from live plants. Topiary Joe, as he is called, created a position with a Danish horticultural company introducing hydroponics to the U.S. and Canada through a project at Disney World. After seeing some of the topiary sculptures that they were building at the Tree Farm, I asked if I could subcontract for them stuffing and planting - knowing that I had to make them right. After learning a few tricks there, My father showed me how to bend and weld the steel to form curves and shapes to make the topiary frames.

I want my designs to be accurate and have movement to them. The type of plants used depends largely on the region and country the topiary will Live. We love seeing live plants used, and encourage different plantings. If that does not work...we are Experts with fake foliage such as artificial boxwood, which has UV inhibitors built in.

It has been an honor building for Many fine people in this World. The main thing is to make kids smile. Try a little Happiness.

Cost: Museum members, Free; non-members $5 (includes a tour of the museum)

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Jul
18
11:30 AM11:30

History for Lunch "Harry Burn & the 19th Amendment"

Tyler Boyd will host this “History for Lunch” program. Tyler will share the story of Harry T. Burn and how he was the deciding vote for the 19th Amendment. This program is part of the series of programs that will be offered at the Museum in celebration of the McMinn County Bicentennial. Attendees are welcomed to bring a lunch and drop by at your convenience.

Tyler’s book will be published in August 2019.

Date: Thursday, July 18

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Admission: Free & open to the public

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Jul
13
10:30 AM10:30

Botanical Prints by Pat Armstrong

Creativity using the leaves from native plants and trees in a process known as eco printing will be the topic at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum “Botanical Prints” presentation on Saturday, July 13. Pat Armstrong an area artist will be showing her methods of experimenting with eco printing on fabric from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The presentation is part of our Heritage School sponsored by the C. Scott and Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation. Members can attend the session free while non members pay a $5.00 fee which includes a tour of the museum.



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Jul
4
to Jul 6

Closed for holiday

In observance of Independence Day the Museum will be closed this weekend. We hope you have a safe and happy celebration!

Daily Operational Hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Closed: Sunday - Monday

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Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Model Airplane & Drone Exhibit

You're invited to explore model airplanes and drones...and if the weather is good you can take an actual flight! This Heritage School Program is hosted by Bob Miller and the McMinn County Radio Control Association.

This event is open to the public. Admission is free to museum members and $5 to non-members, which includes a tour of the museum. Heritage School is sponsored by the C. Scott & Muriel Mayfield Family Foundation.

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Jun
20
11:30 AM11:30

History for Lunch "The Keith Family & Church"

Sally Ealy will host this “History for Lunch” program. This program is part of the series of programs that will be offered at the Museum in celebration of the Bicentennial of McMinn County. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch or purchase a meal from the food truck that will be on site. Drop by at your convenience.

Cost: Free & open to the public

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Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Reception- Lucile Neal Smith Art Exhibit

This reception is a celebration of the Lucile Neal Smith Art Exhibit. It is free and open to the public.

Lucile was a local African-American artist who had a unique way of painting. Stop by the Museum to view several paintings from her collection and hear stories about how she became one of the best known folk artist in Tennessee.

The exhibit will be on display daily from June 11 - July 27.

Hours: Tues - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4PM)

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Jun
11
to Jul 27

Lucile N. Smith Art Exhibit

“My Friend Lucile” art exhibit will showcase the folk art of Lucile N. Smith, a local African-American artist who had a unique way of painting and became one of the best known folk artist in Tennessee. The exhibit will kickoff with a reception on Thursday, June 13 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM. This reception is free and open to the public.

Exhibit hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)

Closed: Sunday - Monday

General Admission cost: $5 adults, $3 Senior adults/students

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May
16
11:30 AM11:30

History for Lunch "Furniture Joinery"

This drop by “lunch & learn” is hosted by Johnny McGrew, a local furniture maker. Johnny will share on the history of furniture joinery in McMinn County with a focus on the shaker chair. This event is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch or purchase a meal from the food truck that will be on site.

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May
14
to Jun 6

Community Artist League Exhibit

Community Artist League members will exhibit their work at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum from May 14 - June 6. The exhibit will be available during the Museum operational hours:

Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM) , Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM). Closed Sunday-Monday

There will also be a reception held on Saturday, May 25 from 11 AM -2 PM. Details to be announced.

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Apr
3
to Apr 6

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale

Annual Trash & Treasure Sale

Location: 276 Dennis Street, Athens

This annual event is a fund raiser for the Museum and provides the community with an opportunity to donate items as well as an opportunity to purchase treasures at discounted prices! A warehouse filled with various items to choose from. Featuring items from several estate sales.

April 3 – April 6              Sale days

  • Wed, April 3 (10 AM -5 PM) 

  • Thursday, April 4 (10 AM - 3 PM)

  • Friday, April 5 (10 AM - 5 PM)

  • Saturday, April 6 (10 AM - 12 noon)

Hosted by: The Museum Guild

Sponsored by: Bargain Barn/United Grocery Outlet

 

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