Museum “History Harvests” To Collect Stories, Images, & Memorabilia About Tennessee Ernie Ford
Saturday, January 16 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 28 | 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is hosting two “history harvests” on Saturday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, January 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a chance for members of the local community to share their Tennessee Ernie Ford stories, photographs, and memorabilia.
“Do you have a story about a personal connection with Tennessee Ernie Ford, his parents, or his family? Do you or your family have photographs – particularly candid photos – of Ernie on his visits to Bristol, or other Ford-related memorabilia?” asked Curator of Collections and Digital Media Dave Lewis. “If so, bring your story or item to share at one of our history harvest events!”
Museum staff and volunteers will record oral histories, stories or memories, and scan or photograph any items related to Tennessee Ernie Ford, and these will be added to the Birthplace of Country Music’s digital archive. These items will help to preserve the story of Tennessee Ernie Ford and his connection to Bristol to future generations, and the recordings or digital images will be available to community members, museum staff, and researchers for years to come. BCM will not keep the originals, though museum staff members are happy to discuss the process of donating items to the museum. BCM will send History Harvest participants who provide their email addresses a digital copy of their scanned image, photographed item, or recorded story after the event.
Please contact Dave Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the event with any questions, if you have a particularly large collection of items, or if you need any other kind of special accommodations.