MESDA Conference: Middle Tennessee

October 19-20, 2018 Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee

Let the Volunteer State’s decorative arts dazzle you
at the 2018 MESDA Conference!

 

 

Join us as we celebrate the Tennessee State Museum’s beautiful new building, opening this October. This 137,000 square foot space will launch a new era in Tennessee history and material culture.  And you want to be there! The conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look of the new exhibits, with both a reception and conference sessions at this new downtown landmark.  Special themed rambles give you an up-close and personal look at rarely viewed private collections and homes in Williamson and Sumner counties while a tour through Nashville explores the building of the capitol city in the antebellum era, laying the groundwork for the Athens of the South to come. Tennessee’s decorative arts have never looked better–and now it is time to celebrate and enjoy the architecture, landscape, and material culture of Middle Tennessee.

 

This celebration is in partnership with The Tennessee State Museum, Case Antiques, Auctions & Appraisals,
and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

 

Full Registration $490.00
Admits one for all conference activities
   
Lectures Pass $225.00
Admits one for the Friday evening
opening reception and all lectures on Saturday
   
Ramble Pass $175.00
Admits one to one ramble (day-long field trip)
   
Frolic Pass $100.00
Admits one to the Saturday evening
fundraiser event

 

PLEASE SEE BELOW TO REGISTER.

 

Friday, October 19th

MIDDLE TENNESSEE RAMBLES

Three “rambles” exploring public and private decorative arts collections, architecture, and the landscape of Middle Tennessee.
Each ramble is led by regional hosts and members of the MESDA staff.

Ramble I: Building the Athens of the South

Tennessee Governor’s Residence

Explore Nashville’s classical roots in a day packed with antebellum southern landmarks, rarely viewed Tennessee decorative arts, and new restorations and exhibits at such important homes as Traveller’s Rest, Glen Leven, and the Governor’s Residence.  

Led by MESDA Chief Curator Robert Leath and Tennessee State Historian Dr. Van West, this tour also encounters the stories of the enslaved African Americans who constructed these buildings, like architect William Strickland’s magnificent State Capitol, the forgotten story of Adolphus Heiman, the Prussian engineer and builder, and tale of persistence represented by Adelicia Acklen of Belmont. 

Trip Leaders:

 

Dr. Carroll Van West, Middle Tennessee State University
Robert Leath, 
Chief Curator, MESDA
8:15 a.m. Departure from Hilton Garden Inn, Brentwood
8:30 a.m. Departure from Hampton Inn, Brentwood


Ramble II: Culture on the Cumberland

Historic Rock Castle


An 18th century Irish stone cottage, a Baltimore-inspired neoclassical furniture suite, and original wall stenciling in the New England style highlight your introduction to the rich material culture of Sumner County. Including two of the State’s most important 18th-century stone houses, Rock Castle and Crag Font, the tour also features the vernacular dwellings of Irish emigre Hugh Rogan, and the Bate family’s Hawthorn Hill. Gallatin’s Rose Mont offers a unique twist on the Greek Revival, and your exclusive entry into a private collection set in a pastoral landscape completes a day filled with architectural delights. Join C. Tracey Parks and Gary Albert for an in-depth exploration of Middle Tennessee’s second oldest county, where original furnishings, painted surfaces, and family portraiture take center stage. 

Trip Leaders:

 

Tracey Parks, Independent Scholar, Lebanon, TN
Gary Albert,
Editorial Director/Adjunct Curator of Silver, MESDA
8:00 a.m. Departure from Hilton Garden Inn, Brentwood
8:15 a.m. Departure from Hampton Inn, Brentwood

 


Ramble I
II: Encountering the Garden of Middle Tennessee

Carnton Plantation

Join us for the grand narrative of Williamson County’s deep past, from the Native American history at Old Town to such famous antebellum landmarks as Meeting of the Waters, Carnton, and the Carter House.

We also explore the contrasting  post-bellum stories of Windermere and the McLemore House. Rick Warwick, Annabeth Hayes, and special guests will guide us through the gardens and history of Middle Tennessee.

Trip Leaders:

 

Annabeth Hayes, Director of Preservation, Heritage Foundation
Rick Warwick, 
Independent Scholar, Franklin, TN
Daniel Ackermann, Curator, MESDA
8:00 a.m. Departure from Hilton Garden Inn, Brentwood
8:15 a.m. Departure from Hampton Inn, Brentwood


All rambles return to the Tennessee State Museum by 5:00 p.m.

 

OPENING RECEPTION

4:00-5:00 p.m. Conference Check-in
Tennessee State Museum, Bicentennial Mall
Corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard & Jefferson Street
Nashville, TN
5:00 p.m. Opening Reception
6:00-7:30 p.m.* Gallery Tours through the New Museum

*Ramble Participants will board the buses by 7:45 p.m. to return to their hotels

 

Saturday, October 20th

Be among the first visitors to the new Tennessee State Museum.

CONFERENCE LECTURES:
Celebrating the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum

9:00-9:30 a.m. Conference Check-in
Tennessee State Museum, Bicentennial Mall
Corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard & Jefferson Street
Nashville, TN
9:30 a.m. Welcome & Remarks
Moderator for the Day:
Robert Hicks, Author & Independent Scholar
Franklin, TN
 
Keynote: Celebrating Tennessee’s New State Museum
Ashley Howell, Executive Director, Tennessee State Museum
Nashville, TN
 
10:15 a.m. Ralph E. W. Earl: Middle Tennessee’s Court Painter
Laura Barry, Juli Grainger Curator of Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Williamsburg, VA
 
11:00 a.m. BREAK
 
11:30 a.m.

 

New Discoveries in Middle Tennessee Furniture
Tracey Parks, Independent Scholar
Lebanon, TN
 12:15 p.m.  LUNCH
 1:15 p.m. Agricultural Silver of Middle Tennessee
Gary Albert, Editorial Director & Adjunct Curator of Silver, MESDA
Winston-Salem, NC
 
 1:45 p.m. Lift Every Voice: A Portrait of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Their Impact on African American Education
Tiffany Momon, PhD Candidate in Public History
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
 2:15 p.m. Benjamin and Gertrude Caldwell: A Tribute
Sarah Campbell Drury, Vice President of Fine and Decorative Arts,
Case Antiques Inc., Auctions & Appraisals
Nashville, TN
 2:30 p.m.  BREAK
 3:00 p.m. “Ain’t It Great to Be Alive and In Tennessee”: The Potential and Promise of Tennessee Decorative Arts and Material Culture
Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Robert Hicks, Author & Independent Scholar
Franklin, TN
 
Schedule is Subject to Change

 

Enjoy dinner and drinks at Pontotoc Farm, a beautiful early Franklin home containing a treasure trove of important Tennessee fine and decorative arts. (Images: The Magazine Antiques)

A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FROLIC
A special fundraiser benefiting the MESDA Summer Institute.  Generously hosted by Mary and Hank Brockman.

6:30–9:00 p.m. Dinner at Pontotoc Farm  
Cocktails and dinner at one of Williamson County’s most beautiful and bucolic settings, a 128-acre horse farm that features an 1850s Greek Revival house; early outbuildings, including a rare cantilevered-barn from East Tennessee; and an outstanding collection of Tennessee fine and decorative arts.
Bus transportation from the conference hotels will be provided.

 

 

Program Details

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration is required.  Registration is limited for all opportunities.

Friday, October 19 – Saturday, October 20
Includes one day-long Ramble, Friday Opening Reception, all Saturday Lectures, lunch, and Twenty-First Century Frolic fundraiser

 

Friday Evening, October 19 – Saturday, October 20
Includes Friday Opening Reception, all Saturday lectures, and lunch

 

  • Ramble Pass – $175.00

Friday, October 19
Includes one day-long field trip.  Please pick from the following options:

Ramble I: Building the Athens of the South

Ramble II: Culture on the Cumberland     filled

Ramble III: Encountering the Garden of Middle Tennessee

 

Saturday, October 20
Admits one to a special fundraiser benefiting the MESDA Summer Institute.

 

TRAVEL DETAILS

Participants will find ample parking at the Tennessee State Museum.

Bus transportation to the Tennessee State Museum will be provided for those participating on the Friday Rambles.  Bus transportation will then take Ramble participants to the conference hotels at the end of the Opening Reception.

Conference Hotels:

Rooms have been blocked at two hotels convenient to Nashville:

Hilton Garden Inn
217 Centerview Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-370-5040
Book Online
Hampton Inn Nashville/Brentwood
5630 Franklin Pike Circle
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-373-2212
Book Online
 

CANCELLATION POLICY

Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved in cancelling hotel reservations.