The ten students in the “Introduction to Museum Studies” course have visited 11 historic sites and museums in the region including: City Car Garage Museum, Greeneville – Greene County Museum, The Dickson-Williams Mansion, Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Jonesborough Heritage Alliance, Bays Mountain, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, William King Museum of Art, Muse Knoxville, East Tennessee Historical Museum, and the American Museum of Science and Energy. At each visit, students were graciously welcomed by museum staff and received a behind-the-scenes look at museum operations. The visits have provided a fun and enlightening introduction for these students to the museum field. A big thank you to the staff of the institutions listed above for welcoming our students so warmly!
The Museum Studies program welcomes our students back to campus. It was a productive summer for Maggie Brown, Samantha Eldridge, Paul Johnson, Alexis Joiner, Aliyah Montgomery, and Toria Strickland who completed internships both nearby and far away. Several of those students and a few recently minted upper classmen including Hannah Arnett, Mamie Hassell, and Corinne De Rohan have begun researching and planning this year’s exhibit project on Andrew Johnson’s early political career.
Two Museum Studies students are co-presidents of the Students of Museums and Students of History (SMASH) student club. The club is planning some great activities this year including field trips to regional museums and service days at museums in the Greeneville community. There are also plans to build and debut some medieval technology at the Old Oak Festival this year, watch the newsletter for all the breaking news!