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Trench Art Gallery Tour

Trench Art: From War to Remembrance. Decorated Shell Casings: The Raymond White Collection – Bruner and Orgain Galleries through August 24.

The Customs House MuseumOn Tuesday July 10th at 7 pm at the Customs House Museum, Raymond D. White will be on hand for the The Trench Art Gallery Tour. It is free & open to the public. He will lead visitors on a tour of the exhibit “Trench Art: From War to Remembrance” to discuss his personal interest in the artwork and to explain the historical significance of the inscribed dates, places and symbols.

About the Exhibit

The phrase “trench art” originates from a WWI-era French publication, which illustrated objects made from military equipment or spent war materials by “artisanat de tranchées” (craftsmen of the trenches). These objects were made by civilian artisans, or by soldiers in enemy prison camps, behind the lines or in hospitals convalescing from wounds. Though soldiers were decorating their military equipment long before World War I, brass-cased artillery shells were not commonly used until the Spanish-American War.

Raymond White has assembled a large collection of decorated shell casings dating from the Spanish-American War to the Bosnian Conflict. They have been hammered, etched, cut, torched, crimped, fluted, smashed, inlaid with fine silver and copper, or simply painted. Each is a unique piece of art.

Coming Soon

Also coming soon is the Film screening of “All Quiet on the Western Front” – Saturday, July 21, 2:00 p.m. – Beat the heat and come to the Customs House Museum for a screening of the original 1930 classic set in the trenches during World War I and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres. Awarded the Oscar for Best Picture of 1930, this unrated film runs for 103 minutes and shows graphic battle scenes. Not suitable for children. Event is free and open to the public.

For more information

Contact Krista Castillo Registrar of the Customs House Museum at:

200 South Second Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
Phone: (931) 648-5780
Fax: (931) 553-5179
Debbie Boen
Debbie Boen
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter's choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.

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