Current & Past Exhibits

The Gore Center’s graduate assistants in the Public History program use our archival collections to regularly develop exhibits for our research room. These exhibits provide valuable hands-on training for our students interested in exhibit development, curation, and collections management. The exhibits also allow us to educate the public through the interpretation of significant themes or events documented within the archive. Featured below are some photographs and descriptions of our current and past exhibits.

Current Exhibits

A Great and Noble Undertaking: Remembering Tennesseans in World War II

Opening in May 2019, this exhibit honors the 75th anniversary of D-Day and explores how Tennesseans were involved in World War II on the home front and overseas. All artifacts on display are from Albert Gore Research Center collections unless otherwise noted. Public History graduate student Marley Abbott worked alongside archivist Sarah Calise to curate this exhibit. It is located on the first floor of James E. Walker Library and it will remain open throughout the summer. Members of the public can best view the exhibit after 5:30PM Monday-Friday, or anytime on weekends to avoid parking restrictions. Please visit the library's website for updated summer hours.

marley abbott with world war 2 exhibit

Veterans History: Global Service, Individual Stories

Opening in November 2014, this exhibit covers veterans’ history from World War II to the most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The exhibit uses our extensive oral history collections to highlight fascinating stories from veterans serving across the globe. There is also a corresponding display case with artifacts from our veterans’ collections.

Veterans History display

Past Exhibits

MT Lambda 30th Anniversary

Opening in October 2018, this exhibit covers certain aspects in the history of MT Lambda. Founded in 1988, MT Lambda became the first officially recognized LGBT+ student organization in the state of Tennessee. Originally, this exhibit existed in three parts throughout campus, but as of today the displays in our research room are the only exhibits up.

Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

In October 2017, the Gore Center installed over 30 objects at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. The exhibit displayed four themes that highlight the collections at the Gore Center: university history, political history, women's history, and veterans history. 

From the President to the People

Opening in January 2017, this exhibit explored the logistics of Inauguration Day, and how every citizen has an opportunity to be involved at the local, state, or national level. For the development of the exhibit case and interpretative text, the students curated artifacts and documents from our political collections, mainly the Bart Gordon Papers.

Warriors with Words and Faith: Marion Skeen Coleman Peck and Donald A. Price

Opening in December 2014, this exhibit was about the lives of two captivating people—Marion Peck and Donald Price. Peck was a journalist who covered the Tennessee Maneuvers, World War II, the Berlin Airlift, and the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about Peck on our blog. Price was a West Point graduate and served in the Army in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. Learn more about Price in our blog post on commemorating the Vietnam War.

Uncommon Thread: The Life of Louise Mott Miles

This exhibit opened in March 2013, and it tells the story of Louise Mott Miles—a Rutherford County native, Middle Tennessee State Teachers College graduate, and a dedicated educator. The display case featured her scrapbooks, diaries, and other items that reflected her work as an educator and craftswoman. For photographs and more, see our blog archive.

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Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132

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