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Birds of Tennessee: Celebrating the Centennial of the Tennessee Ornithological Society

Dates: October 5, 2015–March 1, 2017

To celebrate the centennial of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS), the museum is displaying 56 engravings and lithographs featuring the birds of Tennessee.

The TOS is an independent, nonprofit, educational and scientific organization devoted to the study and conservation of birds. It was founded October 7, 1915, and the first chapter was established in Nashville, followed by Knoxville in 1923.

Spanning two hundred years from 1731 to 1931, the prints on view are by 12 artists: Eleazar Albin, Mark Catesby, Xaviero Manetti, Alexander Wilson, Titian Ramsay Peale, Alexander Rider, Prideaux John Selby, John James Audubon, John Gould, Daniel Giraud Elliot, Henry Eeles Dresser, and Rex Brasher.

The works on view are drawn from the museum’s extensive collection of over 3,000 ornithological prints and are on display in the pull-out drawer case in the entrance to the Decorative Arts gallery.

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