The Arts Center of Cannon County and the Cannon Cultural Museum are proud to announce the 2009/2010 exhibition, “From Necessity to Invention: Tools, Machinery and Culture” exploring how the development of culture is directly affected by tools and machines.
This exhibit looks at the advent of both hand implements and machinery on agriculture in Middle Tennessee, on the development of the white oak basketry culture and chair making tradition in Cannon County, and on the production of moonshine whiskey in the area. The exhibition will also examine the “Stump Jumper” tradition from Reel Foot Lake in the northwestern corner of the state.
The Cannon Cultural Museum’s second exhibition features artifacts from the Gertrude and Ben Caldwell Collection and the Cannon County Historical Society Collection and is sponsored by the Arts Center of Cannon County, the Cannon County Historical Society and Gertrude and Ben Caldwell.
A welcoming celebration will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on July 9 and the staff, Board of Directors, and patrons of the Arts Center of Cannon County invite all community members to come out and experience Cannon County’s the newest cultural attraction. As an added bonus, this evening is also the dress rehearsal for the Arts Center’s Summer Youth production of West Side Story and we invite you to stay and see the rehearsal that begins at 7:30 p.m.
This exhibit represents the second display and interpretation of the Arts Center's collection generously donated by Gertrude and Ben Caldwell. This exhibition would not be possible without the generous financial support of The Cannon County Historical Society, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the patrons of The Arts Center of Cannon County.
Admission to “Necessity to Invention: Tools, Machinery and Culture” is free. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury, approximately 20 minutes form Murfreesboro, Manchester, and McMinnville and one hour southeast of Nashville. Office hours are 10:00AM to 4:00PM, Monday through Saturday. For more information pleased call 615-563-2787 or 1-800-235-9073.