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. All proceeds benefit the Museum.
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!
· April 3 – April 6 Sale days
o EXACT TIMES WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER DATE
Hosted by: The Museum Guild
Sponsored by: Bargain Barn/United Grocery Outlet
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As a way of saying “Thank You” to our Corporate Sponsors, the Museum is offering FREE admission and unlimited tours to employees and family members. Stop by the Museum from December 1 - December 31 to explore over 10,000 artifacts as well as the new Battle of Athens exhibit. Visit a complete list in our Community Partner section. Please note holiday hours and closed on Sunday - Monday.
You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Battle of Athens Exhibit!
This event is free and open to the public.
C. Stephen Byrum, Author of the Battle of Athens book will be on site for a book signing.
The Battle of Athens is the most historically significant event in the history of McMinn County. On August 1, 1946, returning veterans of WWII, frustrated with the political voting system, surrounded the McMinn County Jail, fired on the Sherriff and his deputies, and by the next morning had taken over the county's government. The event quickly faded away; but resulted in a new form of county government for McMinn County and much of the southeast. Most Tennessee Counties and many in the South have adopted this form of government.
A Celebration of History, Heritage & Harvest which showcases the arts, crafts, music, food and rich cultural history of East Tennessee in this annual festival in historic downtown Athens, TN
As part of the celebration, the Museum will offer FREE admission from 10 AM - 4 PM (over 10,000 artifacts)
Also, the unveiling of a new exhibit will take place at 2:30 PM “The Battle of Athens”
"Finding Art In Quilts"
Stop by the Museum to view hundreds of beautiful quilts that were made by local quilters and will include all levels of craftsmanship. The Museum has been hosting the longest running Quilt Show in the Southeast Region for over 30 years.
2018 Show dates: October 2 - October 31
Awards ceremony: Saturday, September 29
Tour admission: $5 Adults; $3 Senior adults/students
Tour hours: Tuesday - Friday (10 AM - 5 PM); Saturday (10 AM - 4 PM)
Sunday - Monday (closed)