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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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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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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Oct
1
to Oct 31

Annual Quilt Show

You’re invited to the 33rd Annual Quilt Show! This show is hosted by the Heritage Quilt Guild and features over 100 antique, contemporary, modern quilts and more. One of the longest running quilt shows in the Southeast Region. Prizes are awarded in the following categories: antique, contemporary applique, contemporary pieced, group, mixed technique, modern, small bed and wall hanging.

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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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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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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Dec
6
8:30 AM08:30

Christmas Around the World (school program)

This educational program offers demonstrations of how the Christmas holiday is celebrated throughout the world. Community volunteers set up stations and explain the diversity of the Christmas tradition. The program ends with all students coming together for an entertaining and active participation with Christmas music. The schools sign up in advance for this program. Please contact the Museum Program Coordinator for further details. 423.745.0329

Christmas in Japan

Christmas in Japan

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