Customs House Museum: March 2016 Happenings


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. These opposing forces may be literal and physical or conceptual and philosophical. The recognition of dualities and the quest for a resolution is the consistent element in his work. James Rodger Alexander is currently Professor of Ceramics at Alabama State University at Birmingham. He earned his MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Louisiana State University, and also holds both the Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degrees from Cornell University.

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.


Story & Craft Time

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

March 2 & 3                        Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – Ms. Sue will show you her rare edition of Seuss’s “The Lorax.”

March 9 & 10                      Who Has Seen the Wind?

March 16 & 17                     It isn’t Easy Being Green: Kermit & his Frog Friends

March 23 & 24                   Today is Puppy Day. Come have a howling good time!

For Adults: Picture Book Art: Stories from Around the World

March 8th, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

From simple line drawings to elaborate paintings, the illustrations in picture books are amazing works of art that we can hold in our hands. This month we will look at the work of illustrators from around the world. Bring a book for “show & tell” if you would like.

Family Day: Tell me Your Story

March 12th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Today is National Genealogy Day. Come learn how you can preserve your family’s stories. Ms. Sue will show you her grandparents’ Ground Observer Corps pins and documentation that they may have spotted a UFO! We’ll have things to make and more to show.

Spring Break

March 29th – April 1st

Our model trains are running 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Art and craft activities will be available in the Children’s Art Room all day!

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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