Customs House Museum announces Staff Additions, Promotions

Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. (Mark Haynes, Clarksville Online)
Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. (Mark Haynes, Clarksville Online)

Customs House Museum & Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is pleased to announce recent additions to its staff as well as several promotions of current employees.

Channing Grimes has joined the Museum management team as the new Membership, Volunteer & Development Manager. Grimes is a Clarksville native and a graduate of Austin Peay State University (APSU) and Belmont University where she also received a Certified Meeting Planner certification.

Over the past 15 years she has served in a variety of positions including marketing director with Concord Title, event planning manager for Nashville’s Airport Marriott and public relations with Holiday, Inc. Locally, she has been involved with special events and projects for nonprofit organizations in the Clarksville community such as the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Clarksville Association for Down Syndrome.
She has been a volunteer with the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center for three years and served on the Museum Guild as Flying High Co-Chair for the 2021 gala fundraiser.

Commenting on her new position, Grimes says, “This is an exciting opportunity because I’m surrounded by a team of talented people within a beautiful facility just brimming with so much history, art and wonderful exhibits. I look forward to building many new relationships in the community and working with people who want our Museum to thrive.”

Another recent addition to the Museum team is Becky Wood as Technical Writer & Managing Editor of Second & Commerce, the Museum’s new quarterly magazine. Wood holds a master’s degree in marketing from Austin Peay State University and a certificate from the Columbia University Publishing Course. 

“We are proud to have this new platform to celebrate the arts and history of Clarksville and Montgomery County,” says Wood about the new publication. “Second & Commerce extends our mission beyond the walls of the Museum, allowing us to reach an even broader audience and tell more in-depth stories about our diverse and creative community.”

In addition to these recent hires, Museum Executive Director Frank Lott has announced other current staff promotions. Maegan Collins was recently promoted to Marketing Communications Manager, Yvette Campagna is now Marketing Design Manager, Stacy Mobley has been promoted to Events & Rentals Manager and Ke’Ron Hall is now Events & Rentals Associate.

Meghan Gattignolo has been promoted to Visitor Services Manager and Princess Morris has been hired as Visitor Services Associate.

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