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Granville Museum Wins Awards at Statewide Conference

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

The Granville Museum was a recipient of three awards by Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) awards at the recent TAM 2921 conference. The TAM Awards of Excellence were presented to museums across the state for exceptional projects, programs and events held during 2020.

The Award of Excellence was presented for the Farm to Table Agriculture Museum, attached to the Granville Museum. This museum tells the story of dairies in Middle Tennessee beginning with one cow and one farmer and showcases a 1943 milk delivery truck originally operated by Ezell Dairy and later Purity Dairy.

Also on display are artifacts that tell the Granville milk story. Additional Farm to Table exhibits include the role of “Eggs and Chickens”, and “Processing Pork” at home for the purpose of food for the family. Displayed in this museum are farm implements, the importance of mules to farm life, various farm related artifacts and the horse drawn hearse used in Granville. Before leaving this museum, “get in the middle of farm life” by taking a photograph in front of the farm mural at the back of the museum.

The Award of Excellence for a Volunteer Project was presented on behalf of

the Putnam County Master Gardeners. Pauline’s Cottage Garden is tucked away in Pioneer Village and is a delight to all the senses.

The Award of Commendation was presented for the Mayberry and I Love Lucy Museum. Historic Granville/Granville Museum, Inc. created the Mayberry & I Love Lucy Museum to preserve the legacy of these two popular television sitcoms. The museum’s mission is to preserve unique artifacts which tell the stories of simpler times. The purposes of the exhibits are to educate and entertain present and future generations. The displays create smiles as you recall memories of Andy Taylor’s voice of common sense and Lucy’s power of laughter. You expect to hear, “Lucy, I’m home” and “Shazam”. View autographed pictures, trading cards, and episode memorabilia. Linger and read about the productions inside stories and the famous characters. There was definitely something magical about these shows you can experience this magic in Granville’s Mayberry & I Love Lucy Museum.

The purpose of the TAM Awards of Excellence program is to recognize, encourage, and promote excellence within the activities of the Tennessee museum community. Nominations are made by museum staff and individuals, and sent in January to the regional representative. Each entry is presented to the TAM Awards Committee which is composed of the seven regional representatives, the committee chair, and three at-large members. The committee makes the final judging and decisions of awards. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum mission statement, and utilization of staff and volunteers. Categories include permanent, temporary, blockbuster and traveling exhibits; educational programming; special events; publications; digital media; audio visual; special recognition; and volunteerism.

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