Deep Dive into Culture: Poetry Month

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center blog introduces a new series called Deep Dive into Culture, where we shine a light on a tidbit of the cultural landscape we may take for granted. This week we look closer at poems and Poetry Month. Literature forms some of…

The Irish Built Railroad

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator St. Patrick’s Day has long been associated with and celebrated by the Irish, particularly North American Irish immigrants longing for home. Let’s remember how local Irish immigrants have impacted our region, building the railroad that made Clarksville a valuable city during the Civil War and inadvertently creating an…

It’s Spring Break at the Museum!

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator If you are anything like me, you have a couple of kids who have spent an unprecedented amount of time at home this past year. While the opportunity to spend so much time together as a family is sweet, the enthusiasm required to keep kids curious is exhausting….

4 Reasons Why You Will Love Juliette Aristides’ ‘Life Work’

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator Her Style is Captivating Juliette Aristides is an accomplished contemporary realism artist. Realism refers to the style of painting objects and figures as they are. Contemporary realism specifically delves into modern life to reveal the beauty in everyday objects. Popular in recent years, the style stems from a…

A Short History of Black History Month and Remembering Our Local Black Leaders

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator Welcome to February and Black History Month! The celebration of Black history has not waned in importance since Black History Month’s conception in 1915. This February follows a particularly devastating year for everyone, but it has also thrown stark illumination on how Black Americans are still treated in…

Member Spotlight: Gail Young

Gail is a cherished Museum member who has volunteered her time on the Guild, a volunteer group that hosts the Museum’s annual fundraising events. Her family brings warm smiles to Museum staff whenever they visit, especially Russell as he runs around in the Bubble Cave and model trains exhibit. You can find more info about…

A Clarksville COVID Christmas

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator A few short years ago, Clarksville topped a list for the most enchanting Christmas town in Tennessee. We might not be accustomed to white Christmases, but Clarksville has almost everything else to transmute dark nights into warm memories: hot cocoa on chilly evenings, ice skaters in the park,…

Get to Know Clarksville through the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center

Written by Meghan Gattignolo, Visitor Services Coordinator Clarksville has no shortage of attractions and activities for families to enjoy on any given afternoon. One of the more unique options is the local multi-interest Museum located in a historic U.S. Post Office and Customs House building from 1898 in downtown Clarksville, the Customs House Museum &…

The Silver Lining

Written by Alijah Poindexter, Fall 2020 Marketing Intern The joy of learning is an intrinsic passion. There is a deeply felt intensity when someone, obsessed with knowledge and its pursuits, can leap into the depths once again. This ‘someone,’ who will learn and grow whether there is a salary or not, is consumed entirely by…

Lighting Up the 1898 Customs House & Post Office

Written by Maegan Collins, Media & Communications Coordinator Those that laid the cornerstone of the Customs House and Post Office building in 1898 had no clue about the spectacle that the infamous building would become on the evening of October 3, 2020. Amid a global pandemic that forced the Museum to cancel its annual Flying…