Tennessee State Museum

April 19, 2005

The Tennessee State Museum's collection is one of the oldest and far-reaching in the nation, dating to 1818, and includes objects from some of the most notable people in American history, including Andrew Jackson, David Crockett and Sam Houston. Recently, we have been fortunate to receive donations from Tennessee's more current legends such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, and guitar legend Scotty Moore.

At the present time the state museum has run out of space for middle-to-late twentieth century permanent exhibits. However, the State Building Commission has approved the preliminary plan to construct a new Tennessee State Museum on the Bicentennial Mall, just north of the State Capitol. We are now collecting objects, including Scotty's generous guitar donation, for this future building, where we will showcase the state's rich musical heritage for future generations.

At some point, before our new building becomes a reality, we would like to thank our donors with a reception and temporary exhibition of their donated items.

I'd like to add that getting to know Scotty Moore has been a real joy. I greatly appreciate his generosity, his hospitality, and his important contribution to American popular music.


Mike Bell
Curator of Popular Culture
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120

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