March 16

Tennessee State Museum Tour

Sponsored by the Shores

The new Tennessee State Museum can trace its roots back to a museum opened on the Nashville public square in 1817 by a portrait artist, Ralph E.W. Earl. A young boy who visited that museum in 1823 wrote home that he had seen a life-size painting of then General Andrew Jackson. That same painting is now part of the Tennessee State Museum collection.

In 1937 the Tennessee General Assembly created a state museum to consolidate World War I mementoes and other collections from the state, the Tennessee Historical Society and other groups. This museum was located in the lower level of the War Memorial Building until it was moved into the new James K. Polk Center in 1981. It remained there for more than 35 years until, in 2015, Gov. Bill Haslam proposed a new home for the museum on the northwest corner of the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. The Tennessee General Assembly appropriated $120 million to build the Museum, with the additional funding to complete the project funded by private contributions.

The Shores invite everybody to meet in lobby of Museum at 1:45 PM and our tour will start at 2:00pm on 2nd floor in front of elevators. The club will tour until 4:15pm, and then we will leave and take a mini driving tour of downtown Nashville and end up at Amerigos Restaurant on West End Ave. for food and fellowship.

The Museum is Free and Amerigos has a reduced price menu until 6:00 pm. For more Information and to sign up for trip Call Steve Shores at 615-483-9275 or Email

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