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Tennessee State Museum To Host “Pack the Wagon” Closing Party

Nashville, TN – Apr 30, 2018
  The Tennessee State Museum will be throwing a FREE party during its closing weekend, from 10 a.m. –4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. The Museum will be moving to its new location at Bicentennial Mall State Park in October, and in order to pack and move artifacts and offices, it will need to close in its current location in the Polk Center. Visitors to the Museum at the “Pack the Wagon” party will enjoy examples of the Museum’s heralded “Living History” programming, as staff members in the Public Programs department dress up and take on the roles of a Civil War soldier, a WWI Doughboy, a Longhunter, a frontier woman, a Woman Suffragist and more. There will also be a “Wishes & Memories” Post-it wall, where guests will be invited to share their wishes for the new Museum—what they want to see and experience—and their memories of the old location (favorite exhibitions, events and more).
  One of the Tennessee State Museum’s most cherished and iconic artifacts is its 1860s Conestoga wagon, on display on Level D in the Museum’s current location. Displayed with the wagon is a game that invites
visitors to “Pack the Wagon” for their trip to Tennessee by choosing what a settler family might take along with them. The Museum is now inviting the public to help “Pack the Wagon,” but instead of a hunting knife, seeds for crops, a plow, farm animals and other items essential in the 1800s, the Museum is asking for memories and good wishes to travel along with the wagon to its new home.
  Visitors will also have an opportunity to mail a postcard to themselves in the future, where they’ll share their own goals for the summer of 2018 and be notified when the new Museum opens. In addition to crafts, refreshments, entertainment, discounts at the Museum store and an opportunity to pick up old catalogs and exhibits, there will also be a “Selfie Station” in front of the Conestoga Wagon, where visitors can capture themselves getting ready for the journey. Come celebrate one last time at the museum for a day of fun activities before it opens at its new location. For more information regarding this upcoming event, visit http://www.tnmuseum.org/Events/Pack_The_Wagon_2018/
  
  
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