McClung Museum News

McClung Museum’s Civil War Lecture Series Continues March 30

East Tennesseans’ attitude toward slavery during the Civil War era will be the topic of a lecture at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture on Sunday, March 30. McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel will give the 2:00 p.m. talk. The talk, part of the museum’s fourth annual Civil War Lecture Series, will examine letters, diaries, and newspapers—primary documents recording the thoughts and comments of the people of East Tennessee as they moved toward war.

McClung Museum Hosts Native American Beadwork Lecture March 23

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free lecture on Native American beadwork at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The lecture is in connection with the special exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork. Michael H. Logan, anthropology professor and curator of the exhibit, will present the lecture “American Indian Beadwork–The Functional Roles of Ethnic Art,” which will explore nineteenth and early twentieth century beadwork using pieces from the exhibit.

McClung Museum Sculpture “Sandy” In the News

Sandy, a prehistoric Native American sandstone statue of a kneeling male figure that is part of the permanent collections at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, is set to become the official artifact of the state of Tennessee. The statue’s new designation has gained local and national attention. Numerous media outlets have highlighted

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McClung Museum Hosts Ancient Glass Lecture March 9

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a lecture on ancient glassmaking at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9. The lecture is in connection with the museum’s Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit.

McClung Museum Hosts Free Stroller Tour February 24

The McClung Museum will host a free stroller tour on Monday, February 24. The 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. event will focus on the museum’s current temporary exhibit Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean, which explores the beauty and techniques of ancient glassmaking. Parents and caregivers with toddlers or babies are invited to meet in the museum’s lobby before taking a tour of the exhibit.

McClung Museum Hosts Family Fun Day about Native American Beadwork February 22

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will offer a free family fun day to showcase its new exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork on Saturday, February 22. The 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. event will take place in the museum lobby and the exhibit gallery. The family fun day will include educational activities focused on the exhibit, and children can make an exhibit-inspired craft to take home.

Art of the Winter Olympics on View at McClung Museum through February 24

In honor of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, UT’s McClung Museum will feature several Olympic-themed bronzes of speed skaters and figure skaters from the museum’s Joseph B. Wolffe Collection. The display, which goes up today, the first day of Winter Olympics competition, will be on view through February 24.

McClung Museum’s Civil War Lecture Series Starts January 26

The places and people of the Civil War in East Tennessee and beyond is the topic of the fourth annual McClung Museum Civil War Lecture series. The series kicks off on January 26 with “Soldiers’ Stories: Stationed in Knoxville, 1861–1865,” which will examine original letters and sources that speak to the experiences of young men far from home in a time of war. McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel will deliver the lecture.