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TWH museum involves public in planning

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wartrace will be having a "Night at the Museum" soon, but it's not the kind seen in the movies where exhibits come to life.

Instead, the new home of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum is asking for the public's input as to how to tell their story.

While the facility isn't scheduled to officially open until the spring of 2012, on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m., organizers want to receive your ideas, input and support.

Ideas needed

They wish to include the public in the first steps of the set-up, selection of artifacts for display and the organization of research materials of the museum.

The building has been rented in downtown Wartrace next to the town hall, and interior painting is to begin prior to moving the display cases and setting up the library and artifacts.

The choice of Wartrace for the museum is fitting since it is considered by many to be "the Cradle of the Tennessee Walking Horse."

It was originally based in Shelbyville, but the museum was moved to Lynchburg because members of the museum board felt there would be more tourist traffic to the free venue.

However, the artifacts and papers had to be packed up and moved out when the building owners needed it for another purpose.

Future plans

The museum will features exhibits on the history of the breed, the formation of the breed registry, foundation bloodlines, World Grand Champions, Celebration history, versatility, and the care and training of the horse.

There will also be regularly updated exhibits covering the current World Grand Champion, a selected breeder, and a selected trainer.

Strolling Jim, the very first World Grand Champion, is buried within yards of the new site, and the museum will include the saddle used by Floyd Carothers on the famous horse.