Changing Perceptions

Native Americans-The Principal Peoples Explore Native American life in our region and beyond, starting in the paleo period and continuing up to Cherokee removal.Slavery to Segregation-The Tennessee EnigmaDelve into the story of African Americans in McMinn County and Tennessee. This exhibition documents the experiences of local African Americans during the period of enslavement and beyond, detailing the manner in which African Americans shaped present-day East Tennessee.

Uncle Sam Wants You This exhibit is dedicated to soldiers, covering military conflicts from the Civil War through Operation Desert Storm. All forms of war materials are represented from uniforms, armaments, and personal mementos of soldiers.

Greasing the Wheels of Democracy This exhibit focuses on local government and the region’s contributions to the federal government–including the 14th Amendment and women’s right to vote.