Students in educational program at Doak House Museum creating greeting cards to send to wounded soldiers

The “Storytelling and Gingerbread” educational program at the Doak House Museum is giving students an opportunity to touch the lives of wounded soldiers with one-of-a-kind greeting cards.

Through Dec. 9, students who participate in the educational program, designed for younger elementary school students, will be making greeting cards to express gratitude and brighten the day of a soldier who is recovering at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center or other military medical facilities.

The cards that the children are designing and making will be sent to the Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program for distribution. In the Holiday Mail for Heroes program, Red Cross and Pitney Bowes partner to distribute greeting cards to those serving in the U.S. armed forces worldwide as well as the soldiers who are recuperating in military medical facilities.

“When I first heard about this Red Cross program, I couldn’t wait to participate,” says Dollie Boyd, interim director of the Museums at Tusculum College. “What a great way for kids to connect to our nation’s soldiers. The cards they create are absolutely precious and heartfelt.”

Making the cards helps the children also learn the importance and reward in giving a little something back at this special time of year.

The volunteers and staff of the museum will be collecting children’s cards now through Dec. 9 to send to the Red Cross. The deadline to submit cards to the program is Dec. 10. The cards will then be distributed to active duty military and veterans.

For more information about the Doak House and the Storytelling and Gingerbread program please contact Dollie Boyd at 423-636-8554 or by email

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums of Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events.