The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Peoples House: A Temple of Democracy 150th Anniversary of the Volunteer State Capitol

NASHVILLE, TN.- This year marks the 150th anniversary of the landmark Tennessee State Capitol building, which was completed in 1859. A special sesquicentennial exhibit, open to the public from April 1 through August 9, 2009, showcases the rich history of this magnificent building and the accomplishments of state government.

Visitors will learn about the construction of the Capitol, which was a triumph of both architecture and engineering, while discovering many exciting stories from the Capitol’s past and the state’s heritage. State Museum Executive Director Lois Riggins-Ezzell calls the Capitol “the ultimate symbol of our state’s achievements and its rich history — it is a true temple of democracy.”

The State Museum is honored to present this exhibit in partnership with the Tennessee General Assembly Arts Caucus and the Tennessee Arts Commission. “In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Volunteer State Capitol, members of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Arts Caucus have had the distinct pleasure to work with the State Museum and to choose artifacts for this historic exhibition,” Arts Caucus chairman Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) noted. “Our Capitol has many interesting stories that reflect the rich history of our state. Personal statements made by the individual Arts Caucus members will provide insight behind each object, along with the history that accompanies it. Tennesseans who visit the Museum this spring will have an extraordinary opportunity learn about the tremendous impact that the Capitol has had on our state and on our nation.”

The Tennessee State Capitol stands today, as it did when it was completed a century and a half ago, as a lasting tribute to the people of the state of Tennessee. This graceful structure was designed by preeminent Philadelphia architect William Strickland, who considered it to be his crowning achievement. When Strickland died in 1854, he was laid to rest in the building’s northeast corner, in a tomb of his own design.

The influence of the State Capitol on our nation’s history is shown through the many varied artifacts on exhibit. Shortly after the capitol building was completed in 1859, the Civil War began. Photographs in the exhibit show the Capitol served as a Union fort during the war. In the fall of 1862, the Union army began fortifying the Capitol with earthworks and cannons. From the tall cupola, Union soldiers could scan the surrounding countryside for approaching Confederate soldiers. The building served as an army hospital after the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro and as a troop barracks. During this time, Military Governor Andrew Johnson led state government from within the heavily guarded structure. Locals referred to the Capitol as “Fort Johnson.”

The General Assembly voted to ratify the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1866, which granted African-Americans citizenship and paved the way for Tennessee to be readmitted to the Union. African-American men in Tennessee won the right to vote in February 1867 through an act passed by the General Assembly, well before the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1870. A print illustrating African-Americans gaining rights during Reconstruction is one of the many highlights of the exhibit.

In 1920, the Capitol was once again the scene of a dramatic, historic vote, as the ratification of the 19th amendment enabled women to go to the polls for the first time. Newspaper reporters and supporters crowded the House of Representatives as the vote was taken; several earlier procedural votes ended in a tie. Harry Burn, a young representative from McMinn County, had previously voted against the amendment. After receiving a letter from his mother asking him to support the amendment, he changed his vote and the amendment was ratified. A section of the exhibition will include photographs and stories about three prominent Tennessee women officials who impacted this significant time in American history.

Other exhibit highlights include: an original letter from David Crockett, written in 1834, while he served as a Tennessee congressman; a flag carried by Fifth Confederate Regiment from 1862 -1864; secretary desk with bookcase, 1845-1865, owned by Governor Isham Harris; and the inaugural gown worn by First Lady Betty Dunn in 1971.

This exhibit, offering visitors an intriguing look at the Capitol’s history and our state’s heritage, will feature approximately 100 artifacts including historic documents, paintings, photographs, furniture, and many other items. While highlighting a major milestone in the life of this historic structure, the exhibit will also provide the public with an entertaining and educational look at the Capitol’s fascinating history.

The People’s House: A Temple of Democracy, 150th Anniversary of the Volunteer State Capitol opens at the State Museum on April 1 and continues through August 9, 2009. The Tennessee State Museum is located at Fifth and Deaderick streets in downtown Nashville. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum, which is closed on Mondays, is free to the public.

Today's News

March 31, 2009

400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Voyage to Manhattan Celebrated at Rijksmuseum

The Getty Museum Presents the Work of Paul Outerbridge, A Gifted Master of Photography

Eva Rothschild Takes on Tate Britain Duveens Commission 2009

Selected Works from the Collection of the Knight of Glin to be Offered at Christie's in May

Major Photographer of the 20th Century, Helen Levitt, Dies at 95

The Italian Primitives from the Altenburg Collection on View at the Jacquemart-André Museum

First Major Exhibition in the U.S. for Suiko Takeshita at Nakamura Japan

First Exhibition in Ireland for Elizabeth Peyton at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Portrait Exhibition to Celebrate the Contribution of Gay People and Gay Icons to History and Culture

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Announces George Segal: Street Scenes

Royal Academy of Arts Presents an Exhibition of Works by Adrian Berg RA

Alain-Dominique Gallizia Commissions Graffiti Works for Grand Palais Exhibition

Sotheby's to Offer 19th Century European Art Including Orientalist Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture

It is What it is: Conversations About Iraq, A New Commission for the Three M Project

One of the Most Spectacular Mosaic Floors Ever Discovered in Israel was Restored and Renovated

New Orleans Museum of Art Announces The Mind's Eye: Without Subject Matter, What Does the Artist See?

Wartime Writings by Sartre, Gide and Others Exhibited for the First Time in the U.S. at The New York Public Library

Walker Art Center's Mack Lecture Series Presents Collage and Installation Artist Mark Bradford

The Peoples House: A Temple of Democracy 150th Anniversary of the Volunteer State Capitol

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful