Museum Center at 5ive Points Gains Smithsonian Affiliation Status

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Cleveland, Tenn. (Wednesday, April 7, 2014) — The Museum Center at 5ive Points, located in Cleveland, Tennessee is invited to join the Smithsonian Affiliations by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The Museum Center is one of six museums in Tennessee to be invited.

Smithsonian Affiliations, established in 1996, is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. The program establishes long-term relationships with museums to facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions and to develop educational collaborations locally and nationally.

“We are honored by the decision of the Smithsonian to allow our museum to join their program, “says Curator of Collections, Lisa Chastain. “With our exhibition calendar planned out so far in advance, the Museum Center will be able to borrow artifacts and exhibits from the Smithsonian’s collections to supplement our own.”

“We are delighted to welcome the Museum Center at 5ive Points into our Smithsonian partnership program,” says Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations. “We look forward to engaging the Museum Center, sharing resources and educational collaborations which highlight the important work of both of our organizations and developing new avenues of understanding history and culture.”

There are currently 177 Smithsonian Affiliates in 41 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. Affiliates represent the diversity of America’s museum community – size, location and subject – and serve all audiences. Tens of thousands of people have been able to experience the Smithsonian in their communities through Affiliate- sponsored programs including workshops, distance learning programs, lectures, books tours, and performances.

"Our staff has been working diligently to meet the requirements involved with being an affiliate and we are looking forward to taking advantage of all of the resources that the Smithsonian has to offer," says Hassan Najjar, executive director of the Museum Center. “This is certainly a milestone for us and I want to encourage the community to get involved. Become a member of the museum! We need your support to grow and to bring these types of programs and opportunities to Cleveland.”

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.

 

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Author Mark Cheathem to speak about his book Andrew Jackson, Southerner

Cleveland, Tenn. (Tuesday, March 31, 2014) – Historian, Mark Cheathem, will be at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss his new book, Andrew Jackson,  Southerner. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members.  

Andrew Jackson may be best known as the man from Tennessee who became the seventh President of the United States. Cheathem’s book allows readers to dig deeper into the man Jackson identified himself to be – a Southern gentleman – and how that personally held identity influenced every decision in his life including his Indian policies and involvement with the Trail of Tears.

Andrew Jackson, Southerner will be available to purchase in the Museum Store. Cheathem will sign books following the lecture.

Cheathem is an associate professor of history at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN and is the author of Old Hickory’s Nephew: The Political and Private Struggles of Andrew Jackson Donelson (2007).

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.

Author contact information: Mark Cheathem, 615-547-1341 or jacksonianamerica@gmail.com

Historian, Mark Cheathem, will be at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss his new book, Andrew Jackson,  Southerner. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members.  

Historian, Mark Cheathem, will be at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss his new book, Andrew Jackson,  Southerner. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members.  

Common People in Uncommon Times opens at the Museum Center at 5ive Points

John McCline, began serving with the Union Army as a 10 year-old. Collection of New Mexico State University.

John McCline, began serving with the Union Army as a 10 year-old. Collection of New Mexico State University.

Isham G. Harris. Secessionist Governor of Tennessee at the time of the Civil War. Collection of Library of Congress.

Isham G. Harris. Secessionist Governor of Tennessee at the time of the Civil War. Collection of Library of Congress.

CLEVELAND, Tenn.  (March 12, 2014) — The official traveling exhibition of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee, organized by the Tennessee State Museum opens at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, Tennessee on Thursday, March 13, 2014 with a Members Only Preview Party starting at 6 p.m. The exhibition focuses on how the war impacted the lives of Tennesseans through personal stories of some of the participants. Their tales represent a diverse array of personalities — Confederate soldiers, Union sympathizers, African-Americans, gallant women — whose sagas illustrate a land divided.

This pictorial narrative of personal struggle and endurance during the Civil War is presented on 10 graphic panels taken from the State Museum’s collection of photographs and artifacts from the era, as well as from other collections across the state. Each panel portrays a different theme: Confederate leaders, Union leaders, African-Americans, civilian homefront, common soldiers, war on the water, reconstruction and commemoration.

“Our goal is to educate the public, promote the commemoration, and highlight the legacies of the Civil War by engaging individuals and communities in an accurate and inclusive portrayal of Tennessee's involvement in the Civil War,” said Lois Riggins-Ezzell, executive director of the Tennessee State Museum.

“Tennessee, being geographically centered between the North and the Deep South, was destined to be the focal point of the Civil War,” explained Myers Brown, the exhibition curator. “The state became a major battlefield, supply center, transportation hub, and invasion route for both Union and Confederate armies. The war disrupted and impacted the people of Tennessee in ways that are almost unimaginable.”

Visitors will learn about the lives of the common soldier. Almost 187,000 Tennesseans served in the Confederate armed forces, while more than 50,000 served in the Union army, including some 20,000 African-Americans. Confederate Tennesseans fought in every major battle east of the Mississippi River, from Gettysburg to New Orleans, forming the backbone of the largest army in the western theater, the Army of Tennessee. Whether Union or Confederate, the soldiers’ stories are individual and varied, including boys from the mountains and from the Delta. Aristocrats, farm boys, or former slaves were all impacted by the Civil War.

The Tennessee home front, especially the rural areas, suffered immensely during the war. Crops and farms were destroyed and livestock confiscated. Towns and cities faced the uneasy and unfamiliar aspect of occupation by Union or Confederate armies. The exhibition explores the home front through the stories of people like John Fielder, a storekeeper in Henderson County; Kate Carney a defiant secessionist in Murfreesboro, and C.A. Haun, a noted potter from Greene County.

Photographs and archival materials help highlight several different African-Americans and their experience both on the home front and the battle front. Profiled individuals include Allen James Walker, who escaped slavery and joined the 7th U.S. Heavy Artillery; Samuel Lowry, a free black who returned to Nashville to serve as a chaplain, and Laura Ann Cansler, who worked to educate former slaves in Knoxville. 

The exhibit will present Tennessee’s unique story among former Confederate states during Reconstruction and illuminate the Volunteer State’s significant role in the manner in which the Civil War was remembered by post-war generations.

The exhibition will be on display at the Museum Center from Friday, March 14, 2014 through Saturday, May, 17, 2014. The Member’s Only Preview Party will be on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m. Common People in Uncommon Times: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee is sponsored locally by Cooke's Food Stores. 

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.





FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market Brings Fiber Artists to the Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland, Tenn. (Thursday February 27, 2014) – There is an indescribable joy in wearing clothing hand made by a fiber artist.  It is crafted with passion and the finest materials, resulting in a uniquely brilliant garment.  

FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market, to be held Saturday, March 29, is the Museum Center’s second annual fiber arts show. Featuring top artists from TN, GA, NC, and AL, FiberWorks presents one-of-a-kind wearable creations.  Artists will be available throughout the event to share their work, methods, and materials, and to give advice about design, styling, and care.  

Items for sale will include wraps, dresses, sweaters, scarves, accessories, and much more for all ages and sizes. All items are hand-woven, hand-spun, hand-felted, hand-knit, hand-crocheted, hand-dyed, hand-painted, and/or hand-sewn. Prices range from $10 to $500. Pieces in the fashion show are also available for purchase. 

The event on Saturday, March 29 begins with pre-shopping in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lunch and fashion show begin at noon. Shopping continues after lunch from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It’s free to shop, but tickets are required for the fashion show and lunch. Tickets are $28 for members and $35 for non-members. All tickets are $40 after March 24. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.museumcenter.org/fiberworks.

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.

Hand created fashions will be on full display at the Museum Center's FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market on March 29th, 2014. Tickets available online at museumcenter.org. 

Hand created fashions will be on full display at the Museum Center's FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market on March 29th, 2014. Tickets available online at museumcenter.org. 

Hand created fashions will be on full display at the Museum Center's FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market on March 29th, 2014. Tickets available online at museumcenter.org. 

Hand created fashions will be on full display at the Museum Center's FiberWorks Fashion Show and Market on March 29th, 2014. Tickets available online at museumcenter.org. 

Southeast District, Tennessee History Day Contest at Museum Center at 5ive Points

Cleveland, Tenn. (Saturday, February 22, 2014) –  The Southeast District Contest for Tennessee History Day took place at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in downtown Cleveland on Saturday. Forty-three students from ten schools presented their projects to panels of judges.

“It is a wonderful experience to witness so many talented students presenting their projects here,” said Southeast District Coordinator, Joy Veenstra, who is also the Curator of Education at the Museum Center. “The Museum is honored to host this contest, and we look forward to an even bigger and better contest next year!”

The top three entries in each category continue on to Tennessee History Day. The Southeast District is sending 27 entries to the State Competition, hosted by the Tennessee Historical Society, which will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Legislative Plaza, Nashville.

Tennessee History Day State Coordinator, Matthew Hibdon expressed his congratulations to the Museum Center, the Southeast District Contest, and all those who participated: “In my 10 years participating in National History Day, I can truly say that this competition was one of the smoothest run contests I have ever experienced. It was great to see the excitement of the students here in the Southeast District. And the quality of student work was matched only by the quality of the professionals who volunteered as judges and event staff today.”

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.

2014 Southeast District Tennessee History Day participants with Curator of Education Joy Veenstra and Executive Director Hassan Najjar at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN. 

2014 Southeast District Tennessee History Day participants with Curator of Education Joy Veenstra and Executive Director Hassan Najjar at the Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN. 

Judges query participants about their projects at the Museum Center's Southeast District Tennessee History Day competition. 

Judges query participants about their projects at the Museum Center's Southeast District Tennessee History Day competition.