The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library on the Tusculum College campus will be open special hours on Saturday, May 1, as part of the Doors Open! regional event.
Special guided tours of the Tusculum College Historic District will also be provided as part of Doors Open!, a regional event sponsored by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
The Doors Open! event opens some of the region’s historic sites to the public, free of charge, for a day of learning and enjoyment of the rich history and heritage of the region. It is a way to allow local residents to learn more about their community’s history and the importance of preserving the history, culture and built environment that makes the region special. Sixteen sites are participating in this year’s event.
The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, housed in the 1841 academic building known as “Old College” on campus, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The museum, which is typically not open on Saturday, is featuring a special exhibit of items rarely displayed from the Tusculum College archives it houses as well as a display of memorabilia from 17th President Andrew Johnson and his family.
Guided tours of the Tusculum College Historic District will be given at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., departing from the President Andrew Johnson Museum. Eight campus buildings featuring a variety of architectural styles as well as the Tusculum Arch are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library along with the Doak House Museum are managed by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College, which also offers one of the few undergraduate museum studies degree programs in the country.