Archive for April, 2009


Thirty-three students from Greene County will be competing in the District History Day event in Knoxville on Monday, March 2.

The students advanced to the district competition by placing either first or second in their respective categories in the Regional History Day held Friday, Feb. 20, at Tusculum College.

The Tusculum College Department of Museum Studies hosted the Regional History Day event, which received financial support from the Andrew Johnson Heritage Association. The Tusculum Department of Museum Studies is the regional coordinator for National History Day events.

While on campus, the students visited the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library. The event ended with an awards ceremony that featured a first-personal portrayal of Abraham Lincoln by Chris Small.

The winners from the district then go on to the state competition, to be held this year in Nashville.

Projects advancing to the district event are (by category):

Individual exhibit: sixth grade – first place, “Amelia Earhart” by Tyler Saylor (Mosheim Middle School), and second place, ”Henry Ford” by Peyton Bacon (Chuckey-Doak Middle School); seventh grade – first place, “Mrs. Elizabeth R. Wiley” by Candie Pierce (Mosheim), and second place, “Elizabeth Blackwell” by Elizabeth Williams (Chuckey-Doak); and eighth grade – first place, “Right is of No Sex – Truth is of No Color” by Linus Evans (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” by Shea Littleton (Mosheim.)

Group exhibit: sixth grade – first place, “Gone But Not Forgotten” by Alexus Gibson and Michele Myers (Chuckey-Doak); and second place, “Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express” by Dillon Carter, Aaron Falcone and Noah Wagner (Mosheim); seventh grade – first place, “Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell” by Katie Bishop and Maddy Hensley (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, “Henry Ford” by Tanya Higginbotham and Kayla Pruitt (Mosheim); and eighth grade – first place, “Elizabeth Blackwell” by Megan Butcher and Samantha Griffin (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, “The Man Behind the Mouse” by Matt Hensley, Jordan Murphy and Hannah Riddle (Chuckey-Doak).

Web Page: first place, “Henry Ford” by Deaton Myers (Chuckey-Doak).

Documentary: first place, “Dr. Mary Edwards: Ahead of Her Time” by Meghan Lamb, Leah Harris, and Erica Reynolds (Mosheim), and second place, “Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart” by Dustin Cobble (Chuckey-Doak).

Paper: first place, “Father of Independence” by Gioranni Jimenez (Chuckey-Doak), and second place, tie, “Queen Elizabeth I” by Caroline Kinney (Chuckey-Doak), and “Sergeant Alvin C. York” by Owen Puckett (Mosheim).

Performance: first place, “Our Founding Fathers” by Daniel Beddingfield, Austin Fillers, and Parker McCrary (Chuckey-Doak).

The preceding winners will participate in the junior category competitions for grades 6-8. Two Greene County students will be participating in the senior exhibit category for high school students. The two Chuckey-Doak High School students tied for first place in the regional competition with their exhibits – “Pele: Soccer’s Ambassador” by Nadarh Naseri and “Ernie Davis” by Elizabeth Richey.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are administered by the Tusculum College Department of Museum Program and Studies under the direction of George Collins, director of Museum Program and Studies, and Cindy Lucas, associate director of the department and director of the Doak House Museum. The department also offers one of the few undergraduate degree programs in museum studies in the country.

The Doak House Museum, which was the home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of the college, hosted more than 10,000 school children from East Tennessee last year for a variety of educational programs related to the 19th century and CHARACTER COUNTS!

The Andrew Johnson Museum, located in the oldest academic building on campus, houses a collection of books, papers and memorabilia of the 17th president of the United States. The museum also houses the Charles Coffin Collection from the original college library and the College archives containing documents related to the history of Tusculum. The museums are also two of the 10 structures on the Tusculum campus on the National Register of Historic Places.


Home-schooled students will have the opportunity to learn about recycling in a camp this month at the Doak House Museum.

The museum will host the camp, “Recycling History,” March 23-26 for home-schooled students ages 6-12 years of age. The camp will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Located on the Tusculum College campus, the Doak House Museum preserves the 19th century home of the Rev. Samuel Witherspoon Doak, co-founder of the college, and offers educational programs about education and life in the 1800s.

During the camp, students will learn about recycling in the past and the present. The camp will focus on how the Doaks recycled during the 19th century, the value of recycling, the history of protecting the environment and how people of today can reuse items in their own homes. In addition, participants will be engaged in a variety of hands-on activities that will illustrate how to “reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Cost for the camp is $85 per participant and $75 for additional participants from the same home. Cost includes instruction, materials, and snacks. Participants are required to bring a sack lunch and drink, and are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Enrollment is first-come first-serve with a deposit. Reservation for the camp is confirmed upon receipt of an application and $30 deposit. For more information or to make reservations, please call 423-636-8554.