Jackson’s birthday celebrated

Jackson’s birthday celebrated

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:00 pm

The Hermitage in Nashville, home of President Andrew Jackson, will celebrate his 245th birthday Thursday with half price admission from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A ceremony will begin at 10, with the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Jackson’s tomb. Gov. Bill Haslam will serve as keynote speaker. A military honor guard will place a wreath from the president of the United States on Andrew Jackson’s tomb in honor of his service to the nation. In addition, Andrew Jackson VI, the three times great-grandson of President Jackson, will make comments and sign autographs for children later in the afternoon. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be birthday cake for visitors while supplies last.
The celebration will also feature children’s activities, which will include Survivor: The War of 1812 game in the education building. For this activity, children will play the part of an important figure of the war and visit stations to make decisions based on circumstances the actual historical figure would have encountered. Costumed living historians will be on site as well to conduct military demonstrations throughout the day. These activities will complement the on-site wagon tours and audio tours for adults and children.
At 2, historian Tom Kanon from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will present a talk entitled “Tennessee and the Declaration of the War of 1812” in the Andrew Jackson Center. Morning comments and Kanon’s lecture will underscore the theme of this year’s birthday event that focuses on the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, as well as complements a series of events taking place in Nashville this spring to begin the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The Tennessee State Museum will feature a new exhibit, “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812” and on Saturday a free symposium “Tennessee, The Atlantic World, and the War of 1812” will be held at the Nashville Public Library. Featuring presentations and discussion from leading scholars on the War of 1812, the event is free and open to the public; however, attendees do need to register by emailing info@tennesseehistory.org.
These events are sponsored by The Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, the Tennessee Historical Society, the Tennessee State Museum and Special Collections at the Nashville Public Library.

Published in The Messenger 3.13.12

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