Eighth Biennial Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Conference Scheduled for October 2012
The MESDA Conference is the only major forum for scholarly presentation and interaction on American material culture and decorative arts with specific emphasis on the South. This important three-day conference includes a keynote address by noted decorative arts scholar and author Betsy K. White, a day of East Tennessee “Rambles”, and a full day of lectures focused on new discoveries in Southern decorative arts with specific focus on the material culture of Tennessee, Kentucky and the Great Road.
The conference opens with a reception and keynote lecture at 5:30 p.m. on October 25. The following day includes a series of “Tennessee Rambles” that explore the decorative arts collections, architecture, and landscape of East Tennessee. Each ramble is led by regional hosts and members of the MESDA and Old Salem Staff.
The Gordon Seminar, held on October 27, will cover various topics of American material culture including: Germanic Earthenware Traditions, Southern Agricultural Coin Silver, Tennessee’s Earliest Cabinetmaker, and Plantation Community Cemeteries. The moderator for the day will be author and Independent Scholar Robert Hicks of Franklin, Tennessee.
Conference speakers and presenters include: author Betsy K. White; Cherel Henderson, Director, East Tennessee Historical Society; Robert Leath, Chief Curator, Old Salem Museums & Gardens; Johanna M. Brown, Director of Collections, Curator of Moravian Decorative Arts, Old Salem; Robert Hicks; Abby J. Naunheimer, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Henry Brockman, Independent Scholar, Franklin, Tennessee; Janet Hasson and Jennifer Core, Tennessee Sampler Survey, Nashville, Tennessee; Stacey Graham, Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University; Rick Warwick, Historian, Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County; Daniel K. Ackermann, Associate Curator, MESDA; and C. Tracey Parks, Independent Scholar, Lebanon, Tennessee.
Conference registration, which includes Thursday’s keynote lecture and reception, the Saturday Gordon Seminar, and the lunch on Saturday, is $145 ($130 for Friends of MESDA, Old Salem, and the Tennessee Historical Society), $50 for students. Conference Dinner aboard the Volunteer Princess on Friday Evening is $50, $35 for students. Rambles in East Tennessee include transportation, admissions, and lunch for $85. Space for the conference is limited. Pre-registration is required to ensure a place.
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