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Reece Museum among college museums highlighted in tourism article

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JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 11, 2013) – The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University is among those featured prominently in “Go Back to School at East Tennessee Museums,” an article published in the “Triptales” section of tnvacation.com, the website of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

The article by Knoxville-based travel writer Linda Lange encourages college and university alumni returning to their alma maters for athletic matches and other events this fall not to overlook the “hidden gems” of museums on campus during their visits.

Lange highlights the Reece Museum’s Grand Reopening festivities planned for November, including a Nov. 8 fundraiser that features a behind-the-scenes exhibit preview and fundraiser and the Nov. 9 Community Day.  She briefly describes the two major exhibits opening at the Reece in conjunction with the celebration, which are the Smithsonian traveling exhibition “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” and “Tradition – Tennessee Lives and Legacies,” which is sponsored by the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Lange notes that ETSU is home to not only the Reece Museum, but four others as well: the ETSU and General Shale Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site, the George L. Carter Railroad Museum, Slocumb Galleries in the Department of Art and Design, and The Museum at Mountain Home, affiliated with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine.

Other East Tennessee museums covered in the article include the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  Also mentioned is an exhibit of full-size reproductions of all seven volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City.

The article may be read at http://www.tnvacation.com/triptales/go-back-to-school-at-east-tennessee-museums/.