MESDA Conference: Middle TennesseeOctober 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.
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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
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.
Ramble II: Culture on the Cumberland
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.
Ramble III: Encountering the Garden of Middle Tennessee
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.
All rambles return to the Tennessee State Museum by 5:00 p.m.
*Ramble Participants will board the buses by 7:45 p.m. to return to their hotels
Saturday, October 20th
Celebrating the opening of the new Tennessee State Museum
A TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FROLIC
A special fundraiser benefiting the MESDA Summer Institute. Generously hosted by Mary and Hank Brockman.
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 II: Culture on the Cumberland filled
Saturday, October 20
Admits one to a special fundraiser benefiting the MESDA Summer Institute.
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.
Rooms have been blocked at two hotels convenient to Nashville:
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.
For your own protection, please consider travel insurance to cover fees involved in cancelling hotel reservations.