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.
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
In October 2017, the Gore Center intalled over 30 objects at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. The exhibit displays four themes that highlight the collections at the Gore Center: university history, political history, women's history, and veterans history. The objects will be on display through January 2017.
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.
From the President to the People
Opening in January 2017, this exhibit explores 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.