Museum Center seeks participants in annual History Day scholastic competition

Cleveland, Tenn. (November 5, 2013)— National History Day’s preliminary district competition for Southeast Tennessee will be held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Educators who are interested in having students in grades 6-12 participate are asked to contact Southeast Regional Coordinator Joy Veenstra at jveenstra@museumcenter.org.

National History Day is a year-long curriculum enhancement program that engages students in the process of discovering and interpreting historical topics. Winners at the district level proceed to a state competition in April and, from there, to a national competition in June.

Participants in National History Day are encouraged to research primary sources to really dig into and get excited about a historic topic,” said Veenstra. “Then students are able to present their research to professional judges to show off what they know.”

“It is a privilege to host the district competition for History Day,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “The Museum Center is committed to being a resource for schools by offering a variety of learning opportunities, such as this.”

To find more information about National History Day, visit museumcenter.org/tnhistoryday. To get involved as a participant, sponsor, judge, or volunteer, please contact Joy Veenstra at jveenstra@museumcenter.org, or call 423-339-5745. 

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

 

Museum Center at 5ive Points welcomes submissions for annual quilt show

Cleveland, Tenn. (November 4, 2013)—The Museum Center at 5ive Points has issued a call for submissions to its annual quilt show, to be held January 23-March 1, 2014. The theme of this year’s show, “Stitches in Time: Hand Quilting,” will explore the simple yet intricate art of quilting by hand. The Museum will accept the first 25 antique quilts finished prior to 1950, and the first 25 contemporary handquilted quilts.

“Stitches in Time: Hand Quilting” will not be juried, and submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Quilts will be judged by a qualified quilting expert for appearance, color, design, and technique.

Award categories will include:

·         Viewer’s Choice

·         Best of Show: Large Contemporary

·         Best of Show: Small Contemporary

·         Best of Show: Antique

·         Best of Show: Duet

·         Best of Show: Group

·         Best Use of Color and Design 

Interested participants should bring their quilt and completed application form to the Museum between January 2-10, 2014. Complete rules and application form are available online at www.MuseumCenter.org or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MuseumCenter. Questions may be directed to Curator of Collections Lisa Chastain at 423-339-5745 or lchastain@museumcenter.org.

“This year’s focus on hand quilting will be a fascinating exploration of the origins of this textile art form,” said Chastain. “We are grateful to First Tennessee Bank for their sponsorship of this event, which is a community favorite every year.”

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

 

Building Cleveland Up exhibit at Museum Center at 5ive Points explores Cleveland’s turn-of-the-century rebirth

Cleveland, Tenn. (October 21, 2013)—At the end of the Civil War, Cleveland underwent an explosive growth of infrastructure and culture that would last into the early decades of the next century. At the Museum Center of 5ive Points’ Building Cleveland Up exhibit, visitors will uncover the surprising and fascinating history of this growth from 1880-1930. Building Cleveland Up is sponsored by Landmark Insurance Group and Bank of Cleveland, and is scheduled to run from Oct. 25, 2013-Jan. 4, 2014. Admission is free for members, with regular admission for non-members. The Members-Only Opening Reception will be held Thursday, October 24, at 6 p.m., and will include light refreshments, live entertainment, and a presentation by Curator of Collections Lisa Chastain.  

“Visitors may be amazed to learn that the City of Cleveland was dissolved in 1880, and had to rebuild, literally from the ground up, when it was reincorporated in 1882,” said Chastain. “How did Cleveland lose its charter? How did it reinvent itself two years later? How did local businesses and cultural institutions play a role in this reinvention? These are some of the fascinating question being asked—and answered—in this exhibit.”

“We are thankful to once again partner with Bank of Cleveland, and are also very grateful to Landmark for their support of this exhibit,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar.

Featured artifacts will include posters and seating from the Princess Theater, and a working harness stitcher from W.C. Gannaway and Son Hardware Store.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

 

Museum Center at 5ive Points welcomes new Curator of Education

Cleveland, Tenn. (October 16, 2013)— Joy Veenstra has joined the Museum Center at 5ive Points as the Curator of Education.

“Providing engaging, family-oriented educational opportunities is a vital part of the Museum’s mission,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “We’re excited to welcome Joy and look forward to the creative programming she will be developing for visitors of all ages.”

Veenstra earned a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn. Between degrees, Veenstra served as Children’s Librarian Assistant at the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, where she directed the Summer Reading Program. Most recently, Veenstra served as Museum Programs Associate at the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. In this role, she designed core exhibits, created and managed the Museum’s Teacher Advisory Group and directed the Witness to History event series.

“I’m looking forward to working with the staff to create new opportunities for the community to experience the story of the Ocoee Region,” said Joy. “The Museum Center at 5ive Points is an untapped resource and I’m excited about partnering with other organizations to highlight the history and culture in Cleveland and beyond.”

Currently the Museum Center is exhibiting Cleveland Works, on display until October 12. The next exhibit, Building Cleveland Up, opens with a member’s only reception on October 24 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public on October 25.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Museum Center at 5ive Points’ Gala celebrates community and volunteers

Cleveland, Tenn. (October 7, 2013)—The Golden Era of the roaring 20’s was resurrected in dazzling fashion at The Museum Center at 5ive Points’ annual gala on Friday, Sept. 20. The “Flappers and Fedoras” fundraiser benefited the Museum’s exhibits and programming, through the support of community members.

“I'm thrilled to see our community come out to support the Museum,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “Our members really got into the theme this year. We had a lot of interesting and fun costumes, which really made the night special.” 

Approximately 200 guests attended the fundraiser, which was catered by Alshabibi Catering. Attendees participated in a live auction and danced to the Dexter Thomas Band until after midnight.

“Over the past fifteen years, the annual Museum Center Gala has flourished, making it the event to attend in Cleveland,” said Museum Board President Christy Griffith. “This year’s event honored the George R. Johnson Family Foundation, a supporter of the Museum Center since its inception. It was definitely a night to remember.”

The Gala also provided the opportunity to publically honor Museum Volunteer of the Year Franklin Chancey and Guild Member of the Year Ursula Smith.

"We would be lost without our volunteers!” said Najjar. “I'm honored to have Franklin and Ursula as part of the Museum family. Our daily operation depends on our energetic and dedicated volunteer staff. We simply could not operate without them."

Major support for the annual gala was provided by Sherry Brown, Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and Crematory, McReynolds Family Foundation, and Jones Management. Additional support was provided by Chancey, Kanavos, Love & Painter and Whirlpool. 

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.