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Customs House Museum has Collector Dr. John Olson talking Flags in February

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – On Sunday, February 28th, collector Dr. John Olson will be giving a gallery talk at the Customs House Museum. His discussion will cover his extensive collection of American flags, political banners, and other memorabilia found in the exhibit Of Stars & Stripes: From the Collection of Dr. John Olson.

Dr. Olson’s presentation will begin at 3:00pm in the Orgain gallery.

American Flag Collection
American Flag Collection

This event is free with paid museum admission or museum membership.

Join the discussion as he gives insight into objects that tell a visual tale of our states. Objects include original pre-Civil War flags, reproductions from the Colonial era, and more. Also on display is a 34 Star Parade Flag made of silk; this flag was reportedly flown at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19th, 1863.

John R. Olson, MD is a practicing Clinical Pathologist in Columbia, TN. Dr. Olson graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1965 and has been in practice for 50 years.

Of Stars & Stripes is on display in the Crouch, Bruner and Orgain galleries now through February 28th.

For more information on above event contact Terri Jordan, Exhibits Curator, at 931.648.5780 or

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. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1898 as a U.S. Post Office and Customs House for the flourishing tobacco trade. Incorporating a number of architectural styles, the original structure is one of the most photographed buildings in the region.

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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