Tennessee turns 223 on June 1.
To celebrate Tennessee’s statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is partnering with the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park to host a variety of events from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.
Attendees can see the constitutions, tour the state capitol and Bicentennial Mall Park grounds, participate in a scavenger hunt, meet characters from the past, play historic games, listen to live music and enjoy birthday cake.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.
The constitutions are typically protected in a vault, but all three versions will be in the Library and Archives’ lobby for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday to June 1.
The Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Viewing the state constitutions is free. No reservation is required.
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The Library and Archives also will host a free lecture on Tennessee’s constitutional history from 9:30-11 a.m. on June 1.
Judge Andy Bennett of the Tennessee Court of Appeals will present the history of each of Tennessee’s constitutions.
Attendees can expect to learn details about the historical documents and what they meant for Tennesseans during that time in history. The workshop is free, but advanced registration is required.
The Tennessee State Capitol Building will be open June 1 for tours.
Six tours will be offered throughout the day, with three led by Dr. Wayne Moore, assistant state archivist and author of the book, Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition, to be released this summer: 9 a.m. tour with Tennessee State Museum staff, 10 a.m. with museum staff, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with Moore, 2 p.m. with museum staff and 3 p.m. with Moore.
Tours of the capitol are free. No reservation is required. Attendees should enter at the west entrance of the capitol building.
The museum will host a family history scavenger hunt, children’s crafts and story time every hour in the Children’s Gallery.
Statehood Day attendees also are encouraged to stop by the museum at noon for a slice of birthday cake (quantities limited).
The museum is operating during normal business hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1. There is no admission charge to the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions.
For more information about exhibitions and tour times, visit the Tennessee State Museum website.
Bicentennial Mall State Park will have guided hikes, historic games, arts and crafts, and live music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 1.
The 1796 Statehood National Trails Day hike will be offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Park rangers in historic dress will lead the hikes while educating participants on Tennessee’s history and providing information about our most famous Tennesseans.
Guided hikes of the mall are free.
No registration is required. Attendees should meet at the north end of the park.
The Bicentennial State Park will host “Sounds of Statehood,” a live music event, from 3-6 p.m. in the park amphitheater featuring Bob Teague, Sonja Hopkins, Marcianne O’Day and Brain Salad.
For more information on all Statehood Day activities, visit the “Tennessee Statehood Day Celebration” event page on Facebook.