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Groundbreaking ceremony held for new TN State Museum

News release from Tennessee State Museum

NASHVILLE April 6, 2016 — Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Rep. Steve McDaniel, chairman of the Douglas Henry State Museum Commission, Lois Riggins-Ezzell, executive director of the Tennessee State Museum, and Jon Meacham, Pulitzer prize winner and New York Times bestselling author, were on hand today to break ground on the new Tennessee State Museum.

The project represents a bold vision – part museum, part virtual reality and part time machine.

“What we’re planning to accomplish with a new state museum is a 100-year project — in terms of both quality and stature, and I want to thank the General Assembly for its partnership and commitment to make this investment,” Haslam said. “We’re taking an innovative, hybrid approach to the museum’s design that will be an extraordinary experience and will complement the other cultural and entertainment opportunities Tennessee has to offer.

“Tennessee’s history has played an important part in our country’s history, and we have a really interesting and dynamic story to tell.” Continue reading