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"We preserve and promote the unique historic value of the Blount Mansion."
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In this issue:
  • Spring at Blount Mansion
  • Video Highlights Local Historic House Museums
  • Mourning a Local Legend
  • Reaching Students Across Tennessee
  • A Visit With Local Students
  • Virtual Teacher Workshop Breaks Barriers
  • Craighead-Jackson House Window Restoration
  • Some "Brotherly" Help
  • New Hours of Operation
SPRING AT THE MANSION
Lenten roses adorn the base of the cherry tree blooming beside the Craighead-Jackson House as flowering trees and plants burst into color on our grounds. Warm temperatures and beautiful blossoms herald the arrival of spring at Blount Mansion! Photo by Laura Smith.
In the images below, tulips welcome visitors to our gardens, while a bed of snowdrops frames the Mansion on a sunny spring afternoon.
BLOUNT MANSION FEATURED IN NEW VIDEO CAMPAIGN
Last month, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs joined Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpass at Blount Mansion for a special video highlighting Knoxville's seven historic house museums. The short clip encouraged Knox County residents to enjoy a COVID-safe "staycation" over spring break, and visit each of the seven members of the Historic House Museums of Knoxville. We were proud to host these two local leaders and help spread the word about all Knox County has to offer for history-minded locals and visitors alike!
Click here to watch Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpass, and Blount Mansion's Director of Marketing & Development Michael Jordan encourage folks to check out all our local historic house museums have to offer.
A LOCAL LEGEND LOST
Blount Mansion is grieved to mark the passing of our longtime friend and former board member Jim McDonough, who died on March 6th at age 76. Through his work with the Aslan Foundation, Jim was a giant in the local philanthropic community and made a lasting impact on our museum and countless other endeavors throughout Knoxville.

Among many other things, Jim came up with the idea that became our popular annual Christmas Party fundraiser, and was instrumental in the Blount Mansion master plan and restoration project undertaken in 2013. Though he no longer served on our Board of Directors, Jim remained active in Blount Mansion affairs, serving on our Site Committee and offering frequent advice and support.

Knoxville is a better place in so many ways because of the gifts and vision Jim shared with our community, and he will be sorely missed. Click here to read Jim's online obituary.
BLOUNT MANSION VISITS CLASSROOMS IN MIDDLE, WEST TENNESSEE
This month, Blount Mansion realized the fulfillment of a long-cherished goal by visiting classrooms in other regions of the state. On Friday, March 5th, we discussed Constitutions and Quill Pens with Ms. Angela Knight's 4th grade class at Mount Pleasant Elementary in Maury County, south of Nashville. On Monday, March 8th, we explored Flags and Symbols with Ms. Elizabeth Pickens' 4th grade class at Denmark Elementary School in Madison County, near Jackson, TN.

We have several more such virtual visits planned to classrooms throughout the state before the end of this semester. If you are a teacher who would like Blount Mansion to work with your students, please contact our education coordinator Joshua Renner at educationcoordinator@blountmansion.org.
LOCAL THIRD GRADERS STUDY CHEROKEE HISTORY WITH BLOUNT MANSION
Clockwise from top: Students in Mrs. Parker's 3rd grade class (dressed up for Dr. Seuss week at the school) show off the Cherokee necklaces they created; a completed necklace; glass beads and string atop a student's desk alongside a card explaining the Legend of the Corn Bead.
Members of Mrs. Parker's 3rd grade class at South Knoxville Elementary School enjoyed another in our series of virtual classroom visits on March 3rd. This time, the students used beads donated by local educator Dr. Mark Finchum and his wife Sherry to learn about the Trail of Tears and Cherokee history. Click here to read the Legend of the Corn Bead, and click the image below to watch reporter Ashley Bohle's story from WVLT-TV 8.
TEACHERS ACROSS THE STATE SIGN UP FOR BLOUNT MANSION VIRTUAL SEMINAR
Blount Mansion offered two virtual professional development seminars for teachers statewide on Tuesday evening, March 9th and Thursday evening, March 11th. Presenters including UT education professor Dr. Joshua Kenna, archaeologist Dr. Tim Baumann, educator Lisa Oakley from East Tennessee Historical Society, South Knoxville Elementary principal Dr. Tanna Nicely, and Blount Mansion staff and volunteers offered the teachers tips on teaching history and social studies.

Click the links below to watch recordings of the sessions on our YouTube channel:
Our team reached out to every public school district in the state, and consequently we were able to sign up teachers from East, Middle, and West Tennessee. We look forward to offering more such teacher education programs on a variety of topics in the near future. The graphic below details the number of educators from each grand division of Tennessee who registered for last month's sessions.
CRAIGHEAD-JACKSON RESTORATION UNDERWAY
Exciting work is taking place daily in the Craighead-Jackson House adjacent to Blount Mansion. Jeff Smith of J&L Renovations is restoring the wooden sash windows in the circa-1818 structure. The process involves removing each sash, steaming it in a heating box, stripping away old paint and glazing dating to the last restoration in the 1960s, and then applying new paint and glazing. The work is funded by a generous grant from the Boyd Family Foundation.
A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
While we're on the subject of the Craighead-Jackson House restoration project, we'd like to offer our special thanks to the brothers from Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at UT who moved furniture out of the historic home to make way for the work. Adam Fuller, Sam Duffett, Will Brown, and Kieran Lamoureux helped out on multiple occasions. Their Volunteer spirit is inspiring!
BLOUNT MANSION BEGINS MODIFIED SPRING HOURS OF OPERATION
We offer hour-long guided tours of our National Historic Landmark property 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, at the top of each hour. However, because our volunteers are still gradually returning from isolation during the COVID pandemic, we ask that you please call (865) 525-2375 before you arrive to make sure we have a docent available at your desired time. Also, per Knox County regulations, masks are required for visitors and docents at all times during your tour and in our visitors center. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate our way back to full operations.
If you have any questions about the stories in this newsletter, please email Michael Jordan, Blount Mansion Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at mjordan@blountmansion.org.
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