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July Happenings at Customs House Museum

Revisiting New York: A Photographic Essay by Norman Lerner June 25–Sept 29 | Kimbrough Gallery Norman Lerner worked as a fashion and commercial photographer in New York City from the early 50s to the 70s. In 1961, he established the photography program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. In the 1970s through the mid-1980s, he was a coordinator of the photography studies program at California Polytechnic State University, and remains connected with the university as Professor Emeritus. Lerner’s photography has been shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others. MOMA added selections from his Transfiguration series to their photography collection, as did The Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This exhibits showcases 26 of Norman’s iconic New York scenes.

The Art of Peggy Bonnington July 3 – Sept 1 | Harvill Gallery Specializing in handmade papers and mosaics, local artist Peggy Bonnington brings her whimsical studies of color and shape to the Museum. Peggy is Co-Founder & Volunteer Artist Teacher at Arts for Hearts and is a member of the Downtown Artists Co-op. The exhibit will include both 2D and 3D pieces.
The Eagle Has Landed: Celebrating Apollo’s 50th Anniversary July 12–Sept 8 | Lobby July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. This exhibit features dioramas by Exhibits Preparator Randy Spurgeon and famous magazine covers from the Museum collection commemorating the event.

The Mysterious Captain Weems Through Sept 29 | Memory Lane New donations to the Museum’s collections supplement the story of Captain PVC Weems, who lived in Clarksville as a child and went on to invent navigational devices. The exhibit includes a sextant, navigation plotting ruler, and a star position calculator.

Remembering D-Day: 75th Anniversary Through Sept 29 | Memory Lane This exhibition presents World War II artifacts from the Museum’s collections and private collections including plans and maps of Normandy along with World War II senate surrender documents signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur.Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime Through July 28 | Crouch Gallery Batter Up! is an exhibition of baseball memorabilia, local history, and artifacts that includes a 1927 World Series game ball, Nolan Ryan’s jersey from his final season, and local celebrity Clark Coyote. Sponsored by Legends Bank.

Sharon Rusch Shaver: The Way I See It Through July 25 | Orgain/Bruner Galleries Gallatin, Tennessee artist, Sharon Rusch Shaver paints the world around her. In 2008 the artist was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Glen Arbor Art Association in Glen Arbor, MI. Shaver was commissioned to do a painting for the White House in Washington, D.C. in 1999, which is a part of their permanent collection. Shaver’s works are collected by major corporations such as BrownForman in Louisville, KY; Wal-Mart in Bentonville, AR; Blue Cross and Blue Shield, as well as private collections throughout the country.

Here Comes the Bride Through July 21 | Jostons Gallery This exhibition features wedding dresses, vintage photos, announcements, cake toppers, hair pieces and more from the Museum’s collections.

Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime: Baseball Panel Discussion Saturday, July 20 | Geraldine Brame Turner Auditorium 10:30–11:30 a.m. Free with paid admission or membership In conjunction with the exhibit Batter Up! Celebrating America’s Pastime (on view until July 28th) , baseball commentator and historian, Phil Wood, will moderate a panel discussion about our country’s most beloved game. He will be joined by two other baseball enthusiasts for exciting and insightful conversation. Sponsored by Legends Bank. Phil Wood is an award-winning radio & television personality and author. Wood has spent his entire broadcast career in the Washington-Baltimore area and is a graduate of Austin Peay State University.

Friday Mornings in July: Outta This World! July 5, 12, 19, 26 | Family Art Studio Drop-in between 10:30–11:30 a.m. Free with paid admission or membership | Ages 3–5 with adult caretaker Blast off for a fun hands-on creative journey into outer space! Explore the astronaut sensory bin— what will you find? Make a tactile moon craft. Play a magnet game to discover images of things in our galaxy. Younger and older children may participate at adult’s discretion. All children must be supervised by their parents or caregivers. WARNING: Items used in these activities may include choking hazards for children younger than age 3.

Hands-on Activities: The Eagle Has Landed Saturday, July 6 & 20 | Family Art Studio Drop-in between 2:00–4:00 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership | Grades K & above with adult caretaker
July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Celebrate this milestone in human history with engaging activities. Assemble a simple paper rocket and see if you can get it to land on the Moon Target. The Moon’s surface is covered with thousands of craters—the largest one is 1,600 miles in diameter and 8.1 miles deep! Discover how and why different sized craters were formed on the moon as you conduct a fun experiment called “Crater Creations.”

Sunday Family Fun Learning Day: Communicating with Pictures: Hieroglyphics & Emojis Sunday, July 21 | Geraldine Brame Turner Auditorium & Family Art Studio Drop-in between 1:20 – 4:00 p.m. Free with paid admission or membership | Ages 5+ with an adult caretaker
Hortensia Rodriguez, who holds a BA degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí in Mexico, participated in the restoration of the Theban Tomb 39 in Luxor, Egypt in 2017. Her duties included graphic documentation of the façade, reclassification of hieroglyphs, and reintegration of hieroglyphics into the façade.

Join Ms. Rodriguez in the auditorium at 1:20 p.m. for a 20-minute presentation about her work with hieroglyphics and their contemporary counterparts, emojis! Following her presentation, join us in the Family Art Studio as we experiment with writing with hieroglyphics.
Younger and older children may participate at adult’s discretion. All children must be supervised by their parents or caregivers.
First Thursday Art Walk Thursday, July 11 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Museum is open to the public with free admission as part of Downtown Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk.

Seasons: The Museum Store Kids Toys Sale Enjoy 10% off all kids toys. Stock up for the rest of summer and those long car rides! Members get 20% off. Offer expires July 31, 2019.

Closures: The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.