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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum January 2017 Exhibits and Activities

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

Some of the events in January at the Museum are: Cut: An Invitational Exhibition, Christmas Town, Portraits of David Iacovazzi?Pau, Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation, and Utility & Beauty: The Glass of Emmanuel Studio.

Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation
Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation


Cut: An Invitational Exhibition
November 4th – January 16th

Jostens Gallery
This exhibit features work by several artists, all of whom cut materials such as paper, fabric, and aluminum to create their art.

Christmas Town
November 15th – January 22nd

Memory Lane
Hundreds of porcelain pieces recently donated by the Drye family make up a large display for Christmas Town! There are moving parts and lights, and even a model train making its way through the village.

Portraits of David Iacovazzi?Pau
January 3rd – January 29th

Peg Harvill Gallery
Born in Luxembourg, David Iacovazzi?Pau settled in Louisville, Kentucky where he explores portraiture through paintings and works on paper.

Tennessee Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition
December 1st – February 3rd

Angles Abandoned - Frank Lott
Angles Abandoned – Frank Lott

Kimbrough Gallery
A selection of the juried works from the 35th Biennial Exhibition makes its way across Tennessee as a traveling exhibit. The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is the last stop, making this your last chance to see this gathering of watercolor work.

Slave and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation
January 12th – February 27th

Orgain and Bruner Galleries
Wessyngton Plantation, Located in Robertson County, Tennessee, was comprised of 13,000 acres with an enslaved labor force of 274 African Americans in 1860. The exhibit, funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, tells the story of one of the largest tobacco plantations in the country and highlights the diversity and complexity of the slaves’ experience.

Utility & Beauty: The Glass of Emmanuel Studio
January 12th – March 5th

Crouch Gallery
This exhibit showcases projects from the Emmanuel Stained Glass Studio, Inc. in Nashville Tennessee, one of most highly respected studios in the United States for both restoration and new commissions.

“Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone”
December 6th – March 12th

Kimbrough Gallery
This multimedia exhibit is a visualization of the poem by Stellasue Lee, depicting the tale of a cat’s reaction to her owner’s absence. Stellasue Lee received her Ph.D. from Honolulu University.

Now Editor Emeritus at RATTLE, a literary journal, she previously served on the editorial board at Curbstone Press. She lives in East Nashville, TN with her husband artist Eric L Hansen and their two cats, Caylie and Tennyson.


Free Family Day: “All Aboard!”
Saturday, January 14th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Today’s activities highlight our very popular model train exhibit. We will make toilet paper tube trains and other train-related crafts, read some stories, and take the model train scavenger hunt challenge. The trains will run 10:00am–12:00pm & 2:00pm–3:00pm.

All activities are free. For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.

Children’s Art Room Renamed the Family Art Studio

In addition to the basic art supplies (crayons, paper, scissors and the ever-popular toilet paper tubes) there are also materials for specific projects and activities. Visit the Family Art Studio in January for some train-themed craft ideas or to explore your own art designs!

The Family Art Studio has a new exhibit case featuring objects from the museum’s collection, as well as some of Ms. Sue’s collectibles. Look for train-related objects this month!

Keep an eye out for more craft themes, related exhibits, and art programs in the months to come! All activities are free with your museum membership. Non-members pay regular admission fees.

For more information contact Ms. Sue at or 931.648.5780.

Reading by Carr Johnson
Saturday, January 21st, 2:00pm

Program is free with paid museum admission. In conjunction with the exhibition Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation.

The records found in the exhibit Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation were researched by a descendent of the slaves, John F. Baker, Jr. of Springfield, TN. His years of research culminated in the book “The Washingtons of Wessyngton Planation”.

Throughout the book, Mr. Baker mentions Horace Carr, a slave preacher and the great, great, great grandfather of Carr Johnson, a Clarksville resident. Mr. Johnson will be at Customs House to read from a book of his own family’s history in Tennessee, “Pioneer Colored Christian”.

On February 5th at 2:00pm, Mr. Johnson will do a second reading as well as introduce the featured speaker of the day, John F. Baker, Jr. who will be giving a power point presentation and book signing.

Wax Resist Watercolor Painting
Saturday, January 21st, 10:00am–11:00am

Enjoy the Tennessee Watercolor Traveling Exhibition and stop by the Family Art Studio to try your hand at water color painting! In this exciting activity, we’ll be using crayons to learn about the wax resist technique, which uses wax crayons to create textures and block paint from certain areas of the paper when painting.

This activity is appropriate for ages 2 and up. Free with paid admission or museum membership.

8th Annual Champagne & Chocolate Fundraiser
Thursday, January 26th, 5:30pm

Tickets are $50.00 per person
This elegant and highly popular event features wines and champagne, along with delectable hors d’oeuvres and scrumptious desserts. Live music will set the mood for active bidding in the evening’s silent auction. A new addition to this year’s event (and just in time for selecting that unique Valentine’s Day gift) is a companion sale of select antique and estate jewelry.

Mr. Elliott Herzlich of Elliott’s Jewelers and his associate will be on hand to speak with guests about the approximately two dozen, fully authenticated pieces of exquisite jewelry offered in this one-time opportunity. Proceeds from the event, silent auction and jewelry sale go towards supporting the Museum’s programs.

Saying the Unsayable: Writers Workshop with Stellasue Lee, Ph.D.
Saturday, January 28th, 10:00am–4:00pm

Tickets are sold at the door: $30.00 for general public; $25.00 for Museum Members
Journal writing is the key to a door of the subconscious. It is how one discovers what they are thinking/feeling. This kind of writing is about reaching into the mid-section and exposing what lies within. It is one of the oldest methods of self-exploration and expression.

Join Pulitzer Prize nominated author Stellasue Lee for this engaging workshop. In conjunction with the exhibit Her Honeybunch Sweetie Pie is Gone.

Students should bring a notebook and pen, as well as their lunch. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, January 26th to Terri Jordan, Curator at 931.648.5780 or


The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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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