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|Knoxville Dedicates Museum's New Home
|POSTED 9:04pm 5/3/09 The new home soon will be complete for a myriad of artifacts covering the history of Knox County and of the City of Knoxville.
The Knox County Historic Sites organization cut the ribbon on their new Knox County Historical Museum along the Public Square Sunday. Eventually, the museum's artifacts will be moved from the old jail and courthouse next to Knoxville City Hall to the new facility.
Knoxville City Clerk and Knox County Historic Sites president Peg Bivens tells WGIL the move to a new home won't mean the old courthouse will sit empty. "We intend to, long term, turn (the old courthouse) back into a courtroom setting," Bivens said. "But while we're working on the design of that, we're going to use that as a display space for a lot of our larger agricultural exhibits. We're doing some work over at the jail, where we had a room for storage. We'll have a room that will be set up for a display of a 1900-1930's kitchen area."
Bivens says she and volunteers hope to have exhibits moved to the new facility in time for this fall's Knox County Scenic Drive. In the interim, she says both facilities will be open on Sunday afternoons.
The construction of the new museum and the land for it were both donated by longtime Knoxville businessman Gil Hebard, a project that Bivens says started 18 months ago.
(A look at the outside of the new Knox County Historical Museum, designed to look like the other historic buildings in Knoxville's downtown.)
(Outgoing Knoxville Mayor Phil Myers, left, walks inside the new museum after cutting the ribbon. City Clerk and Knox County Historic Sites president Peg Bivens, right, follows.)
(The lone display currently in the new museum -- the buggy once used by Abraham Lincoln to travel from Knoxville to the Knox College Lincoln-Douglas Debate site.)
(Inside the new museum Sunday afternoon. The space seen will house all the exhibits. An office space will be toward the front, and storage will be on a lower level.)
(A sign on the front of the museum recognizing the Hebards and those who worked on the building.)
(The old Knox County Courthouse is where the museum is currently housed. The new museum is in the background to the right. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
|05 03 09 by Newsroom
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