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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum Celebrates the Armed Forces this Summer

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – For the first time, the Customs House will feature a video installation in the Orgain Gallery, Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes as part of the summer exhibit schedule.

Local photographer Greg Williamson will also showcase images of his time embedded with the troops.

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes at Clarksville's Customs House Museum.

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes at Clarksville’s Customs House Museum.

In recognition of the Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of State collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense on a juried photography project, Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes,  which featured photographs taken by active military, Foreign Service, and Civil Service personnel while serving overseas.

This landmark project depicts images of friendship, places, faces, loss, and triumph providing us a glimpse into the complex, diverse and courageous work performed by America’s heroes throughout the world.

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes

Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes

As part of Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes, AIE commissioned renowned artist Lincoln Schatz to create a video montage incorporating audio and images selected from photographs of daily life abroad by current and former military and Foreign Service personnel.

Schatz’s work debuted at the U.S Department of State in the fall of 2012, and will later be installed as a site-specific installation for the permanent art collection in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. This exhibit is partially funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Greg Williamson: With the Troops

Greg Williamson: With the Troops

Greg Williamson is a multi media journalist with The Leaf Chronicle. In February 2013 Williamson spent three weeks embedded with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade and logged many hours of flight time traveling to and from Forward Operating Bases (FOB).

Williamson says “The whole experience was phenomenal. Capturing the snow covered mountains, villages, and landscapes was unforgettable. The many FOB I visited and time spent with the soldiers within is an experience I will never forget. When my convoy was hit by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) I witnessed first hand the dangers our military personnel are put in and the quick action they took to secure the area and tend to the wounded.”

For more information on above events contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or terri@customshousemuseum.org.


About the Customs House Museum

Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterLocated in the heart of historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the State’s second largest general museum.

With over 35,000 square feet of the region’s best hands-on activities and special events…people of all ages agree – the Customs House Museum is well worth the stop!

The Explorer’s Gallery is packed with fun, learning and fantasy in Aunt Alice’s Attic, McGregor’s Market and kitchen, and of course – the Bubble Cave! Finally, get “all aboard” to see our fantastic model trains. Our volunteer engineers “ride the rails” every Sunday afternoon from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Regular museum hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Adult admission is $7.00, Senior Citizens and College ID $5.00, Ages 6 to 18 $3.00, and under six years and Museum members are free.

The Customs House Museum is located at 200 South Second Street. For more information, call 931.648.5780 or visit their website at www.customshousemuseum.org


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