There’s plenty for history buffs to do in Knoxville over the next couple of days.
UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has a brand new exhibit opening on Friday. Fish Forks and Fine Furnishings: Consumer Culture in the Gilded Age focuses on the proliferation of consumer household goods that accompanied industrialization, trade, and travel in the late nineteenth century. The McClung’s permanent collection has a ton of fascinating material from this period, so there should be some really neat objects on display. The museum is hosting a lecture on the era by historian Pat Rutenberg on July 16 at 2:00, so check that out if you’d like to learn more.
On Saturday and Sunday, we’re having our annual Statehood Day Living History Weekend at Marble Springs. Admission is free, and we’ll have reenactors and interpreters on hand for demonstrations and talks at the historic buildings. If you haven’t been to the site, or if you’ve taken the standard tour but have never been to one of our living history events, this is one of the best occasions to visit.