MC5P Summer Camp at the Museum Center

Cleveland, Tenn. (Thursday, June 12, 2014) – The Museum Center at 5ive Points is excited to offer a unique summer camp opportunity this July. For one week, July 14-18, children ages six through eleven are invited to explore Cleveland’s past through objects, exhibits, theater, art, and play.

Local theater teacher and director Jim Veenstra will be teaching theater classes focused on revealing the stories of those who lived before us. Artist June Chase will reveal how painting and drawing can be used to tell stories of the past. Museum staff will facilitate behind-the-scenes tours of the exhibits along with the chance to interact hands-on with historic objects. 

“I am thrilled to incorporate theater and art into our summer camp!” says Curator of Education Joy Veenstra. “MC5P Summer Camp creates an environment that encourages exploration of Cleveland’s past through a variety of styles: hands-on interactions, research and writing, theater, and art. It is also a great way to introduce children to primary source research and the many ways that research can be expressed and shared to tell the stories of our region.”

Participants will actively learn and create throughout the week, culminating in an open house exhibit and reception on Friday evening where children’s work and short performances will be on view. The open house is open to the public.

MC5P Summer Camp will be held July 14-18 daily from 9AM to 4PM. An open house will be held on Friday, July 18 from 4:30 PM to 6PM. Additional details, cost, and registration may be found on our website www.museumcenter.org/summercamp, or contact Curator of Education, Joy Veenstra and JVeenstra@museumcenter.org.

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 150-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.

Civil War Family Day at the Museum Center This Weekend

Cleveland, Tenn. (Monday, April 28, 2014) – Bring the family to the Museum Center at 5ive Points to experience what life was like on the home front as Tennessee celebrates the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War.

Various activities will take place throughout the day on the Museum’s back courtyard lawn: milk a goat, make butter, dye clothing using natural dyes, make a ragdoll, and taste traditional food from the time. Talk with re-enactors, and hear about local people who lived in Cleveland during the war years.

“I am excited to give visitors a taste of what day-to-day living was like in Tennessee during the Civil War,” says Curator of Education Joy Veenstra. “The Family Day activities perfectly compliment the temporary exhibit currently on view at the Museum, ‘Common People in Uncommon Time: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee.’”

Civil War Family Day will be held at the Museum Center at 5ive Points this Saturday, May 3. All activities run from 10am-3pm. Admission is free for members and regular admission for non-members. Admission includes all activities and entrance to the permanent and temporary exhibits.

Civil War Family Day is in concurrence with the exhibit Common People in Uncommon Time: The Civil War Experience in Tennessee, at the Museum through May 17. Sponsored by Cooke’s Food Store, this traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum highlights what life was like for Tennesseans living, working, and fighting during the Civil War.

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 150-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.

Historian Mark Waters Uncovers Stolen Gold from the Civil War

Mark Waters shares his research on missing gold at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6pm. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members. 

Mark Waters shares his research on missing gold at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6pm. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members. 

Cleveland, Tenn. (Tuesday, April 18, 2014) – In 1865, the equivalent of 3.6 Million dollars of Civil War Confederate gold was stolen and is, to this day, unaccounted for. Join historian, author, and speaker Mark Waters as he shares this fascinating story of mystery and missing gold at the Museum Center at 5ive Points on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6pm. This event is free for Museum members and regular admission applies for non-members. 

The “Confederate Treasury” (initially $10.5M in today’s value) plus the Richmond, VA, bank assets ($9M in today’s value) were stored in Washington, GA. On a transport trip to Richmond, a portion of the assets was stolen.  This robbery occurred on May 24, 1865 and is known as the “Midnight Raid at Chennault, GA.”

Waters has conducted extensive research into this event and others related to the Civil War in the south. According to Waters, a portion of the midnight raiders were ex-Confederate soldiers from East Tennessee – an area that was primarily pro-Union. 

Dr. Waters is a native of Miami, Florida but he can trace his heritage back five generations in Wilkes County, to a Revolutionary War soldier who received a land grant for his service. His career has had dual paths with both military and civilian branches.

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.

Speaker contact information: Mark Waters, mark-waters@nu-z.net  

It’s a Dirt Track Life Premiers at the Museum Center on April 17

Cleveland, Tenn. (Thursday, April 10, 2014) The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting the upcoming documentary It’s a Dirt Track Life on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Created by local historians, Ron and Debbie Moore, this 80-minute film focuses on dirt track racing in our region with a focus on local tracks, drivers, and the cars that dominated the sport. It’s a Dirt Track Life features an original soundtrack and never before seen images and video of this dwindling sport.  

“We are excited to be hosting the premier, which has created such a buzz and following in our town,” says Curator of Collections, Lisa Chastain. “I am excited about gearing up our guests for not only the documentary, but also the upcoming In the Dirt museum exhibition centering on racing history in East Tennessee.” 

Seating for the documentary will be limited and the Museum Center advises that you come early. The documentary is free for Museum members and regular admission or non-members and the film will also be available for purchase after the screening.  More information, including the trailer for the documentary can be found online at www.museumcenter.org.  

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.

Museum Center at 5ive Points in Search of Volunteers

Museum Center at 5ive Points volunteer, Ann Cherry, assists with a mailing at the front desk. 

Museum Center at 5ive Points volunteer, Ann Cherry, assists with a mailing at the front desk. 

Cleveland, TN (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) - The Museum Center at 5ive Points relies on volunteers for day-to-day operations of the Museum. Volunteers are the public face of the institution, facilitating a welcoming, friendly environment for all visitors as they enter the Museum, visit the exhibits, shop in the store, or attend a special event.

Several of our volunteers – Jeanne Sawyer, Lillian Gaines, Marianne Deitrich, Brenda Bicknell, and Fran Carden – have been with the Museum since the creation of the Museum fifteen years ago.  Others, like Jacque Payne, are brand new to the area, looking for a way to get involved. “Volunteering at the Museum Center has given me the opportunity to interact with a wide range of interesting people, from out-of-towners, to the vibrant citizens of Bradley County. It’s been a pleasure to help make Cleveland’s history relevant and tangible!” says Jacque, “Donating my time and energy to 5ive Points makes me feel like an important part of the local community.”

Mary Lou Woods, best known for her work with the Bradley County Cannery is a regular volunteer at the Museum. “Volunteering at the Museum is not just about being ‘there’,” says Mary Lou, “it is an experience!” According to Mary Lou, the experience includes learning about our town and community, meeting interesting people, and participating in events that are taking place every day. “You really get involved with the people, and with the wonderful artists that contribute to our Museum Store,” adds Woods, “Nothing boring here. And I actually look forward to my days at the Museum!”

Join Jacque, Mary Lou, and many others as a valuable member of our volunteer team.

Museum Center volunteers Mary Lou Woods and Jacque Payne greet visitors and answer phone calls at the Museum. 

Museum Center volunteers Mary Lou Woods and Jacque Payne greet visitors and answer phone calls at the Museum. 

Volunteer opportunities include Visitor Services Assistant, Museum Store Assistant, and Events Assistant, as well as various internships with local university students.  In addition to being an active member of our community, Museum volunteers receive various benefits including 10% off in the Museum Store, admission to select programs, and a Museum family membership after completing 48 hours of service. If you are interested in becoming a Museum Center Volunteer, please contact Curator of Education, 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.