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
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.
Curator of Popular Culture
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120