Knoxville celebrates 225th birthday with special exhibit at McClung Museum

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville celebrates its 225th birthday on October 3 and there are lots of events around the city to mark the milestone.

When you walk into the McClung Museum, you’ll see different exhibits from places all over the world, but on Saturday you’ll see an exhibit about the history of Knoxville.

“This is the 225th anniversary of Knoxville founding and we actually have a lot of archeology that’s taking place in downtown in an unearthed parking lot,” said curator Timothy Baumann.

There’s everything from a house which was sitting right where Bank of America is on Main Street, to tobacco pipes and bowls from the 1800s.

“Some of things that surprised me were food ways for example – what people ate. We found oyster shells and coconut shells,” said Baumann. “Also we actually have a full size picture of an outhouse… You know downtown Knoxville, there were outhouses on every corner.”

Curator Timothy Baumann says he wants people to walk away learning two things.

“It’s really trying to talk about the people who don’t have written history in Knoxville and that’s a lot of the minority groups and African-American history,” said Baumann. “The second part is really that history isn’t dead, history is still alive and well and we are living history of Knoxville and making history everyday.”

The exhibit opens on Saturday and closes the first week of January. This will be free to the public. The museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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