Customs House Museum: April 2016 Happenings

Customs House Museum April Happenings 2016


A Woman’s Touch: Celebrating Tennessee Crafts   March 4th – Apr 30th

The Customs House Museum rounds out its Tennessee Crafts celebration with A Woman’s Touch. This exhibit features female artisans from across the state of Tennessee. Sponsored in part through grant funding from National Endowment for the Arts.

James Alexander: Sculptural Thinkings   March 10th – May 1st

Trained as both an architect and as a sculptor, James Rodger Alexander utilizes form to articulate and delineate space. Both his large scale sculptural installations and small scale sculptural pieces focus primarily on one reoccurring issue: the resolution of the conflict between opposing forces. The recognition of dualities and the quest for a resolution is the consistent element in his work.

Elizabeth LaPenna: Expressions in Color            March 1st – May 1st

An abstract artist working in acrylics and mixed media, Elizabeth LaPenna approaches each piece from an intuitive perspective, inspired by spirituality and nature. LaPenna is an award winning visual artist whose work is held in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States. A Chicago transplant, raised in upstate N.Y., she is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.

School Days: From the Collection            March 4th – May 8th

What was it like to attend the Clarksville Female Academy? Items from our collection take a look at the schools and graduations of Montgomery County from the late 1860s to the 1930s.

Photographs, diplomas, graduation dresses, and school related documents are on display to give insight into the lives of locals such as Carrie Wyatt and Mabel Ray Edmondson.

A Time of Mourning   March 10th – May 8th

The grieving process is explored through clothing, photographs, and other objects from the Customs House Museum’s collection, including items owned by Serepta Jordan.

Oh, To Live by the Sea   March 22nd – April 28th

This traveling exhibit features hook rugs by various artists, all with an ocean theme.

Cast of Blues   March 22nd – May 25th

A celebration of Mississippi’s rich musical heritage, the exhibition A Cast of Blues features 15 resin-cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon McConnell-Dickerson, as well as 15 color photographs of performers and of juke joints by acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy.


Hook Rug Demonstration

Saturday, April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m

Hook rug members featured in the exhibit Oh, To Live by the Sea will be set up in the galleries for a working demonstration on hook rug technique. Program and admission are free as part of our Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

Women Writers Hour

Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Local women writers will read from selected works in our galleries. Event features authors Mitzi Cross, Angela Deppeler, Sharon Mabry, Cyndi Marsh, Karen Parr Moody, Shana Thornton, and Amy Wright. Admission is free!

Story & Craft Time: Our Forest Friends

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

April 7th – Porcupines; April 13th – Beavers

April 21st – Squirrels; April 27th – Rabbits

Free Saturday Family Day: Make Me Laugh!

April 9th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April is National Humor Month. Come draw some silly pictures, make a silly animal, listen to some funny jokes, read a silly story.

Program for Adults: “Let’s Talk About: the Cold War”

April 28th, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Fall Out Shelters, Duck & Cover, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the race to the moon, McCarthyism, spies and counter-spies, the Soviet Union, Khrushchev, communism, the Berlin Wall: join me for a trip down Memory Lane as we talk about the longest war in American history.

We will also look at my grandparents’ Ground Observer Corps pins, children’s books published in the Soviet Union, and some letters from Alexander, my Russian pen-pal who once worked for the Department of Commerce in Far East Russia.

Program for Adults: The Art of the Picture Book: The Uncle Remus Stories

April 12th, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Like many other beloved storybooks, Tales of Uncle Remus has been illustrated by numerous artists, such as A.B. Frost, since its first publication in 1880. These animal stories, written by Joel Chandler Harris, are based on African-American tales Harris heard while working on the Turnwold Planation in Eatonton, GA.

Join us for a look at some of these books, including one that is written in the vernacular of the day, as well as a discussion of Joel Chandler Harris.

Please Note: Home-school teens and college students are invited to join both of these adult discussions.

All activities are free with your paid admission or museum membership. For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780 ext. 28.


Customs House Museum   200 S. Second Street Clarksville, TN   931-648-5780

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