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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Jul
16
to Dec 28

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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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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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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Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

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

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Sep
20
10:00 PM22:00

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

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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

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Oct
2
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)

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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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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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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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Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Trash & Treasure Premiere Night

Get your ticket for the Annual Trash & Treasure Premiere Night! An opportunity to shop early and search through all the treasures prior to the big sale week! Tickets are $10 and include light refreshments. They can be purchased at the Museum or from a Board or Guild Member. Call the Museum for questions, 423-745-0329. This event is hosted by the Museum Guild and sponsored by Bargain Barn/United Grocery Outlet. All proceeds benefit the Museum.

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Apr
1
to May 11

Sultana Exhibit

Sultana was a Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat. On April 27, 1865, the boat exploded in the worst maritime disaster in United States history. She was designed with a capacity of only 376 passengers, but she was carrying 2,138 when three of the boat's four boilers exploded and she burned to the waterline and sank near Memphis, Tennessee, killing 1,169 passengers.[1] This disaster was overshadowed in the press by other events surrounding the end of the American Civil War, most particularly the killing on the previous day of President Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth.

The Museum will have an exhibit displaying photos and other information in reference to this historical tragedy.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Celebrating Black History

Ann Boyd, historian and President of the local NAACP Chapter will host this program in celebration of Black History Month. This Heritage School Program is open to the public and is free to Museum members, $5 for non-members. It includes a self-guided tour of the Museum.

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Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

Valentine's Extravaganza

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, enjoy an evening of cocktails, dining & dancing! Dress to impress, as you will feel like you are celebrating “An Evening in Paris”.

Dinner by Ambiance Catering and music by September Song, a local band that plays a variety of music. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the Museum or from a board member. This event is sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

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Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Quilts of Valor National Sew Day

This event is sponsored by Starr Mountain Quilts of Valor Quilters.

Bring your sewing machine, sewing supplies or just yourself to enjoy a day of quilting honoring our local service members and veterans. Sign up at the Museum. For further information please call Beth Sizemore at 423-829-5331.

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