Friday, April 5, 2013

Get Your Mule Day Fix

Columbia is home to one of the biggest Mule Day celebrations in the world, but not everyone has been able to make it to the many events held in the Maury County town this week.

But if you live too far away (or are just too stubborn) to participate in the festivities, don’t fret. If you have Internet access, you can get your mule fix by visiting “Got Mules? A Celebration of Mules in Tennessee History” – an online exhibit produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The exhibit features fun facts about mules on the farm, in the military, and even in advertising. Did you know that Tennessee mules are known throughout the world for their quality? Or that the British military sought out Tennessee mules for active duty in World War I and other conflicts? Find out more fun facts at http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/exhibits/mules/index.htm.

Two of the participants in the Mule Day Parade in Columbia, Tennessee, April 3, 1939. Dept. of Conservation Photograph Collection. Tennessee State Library and Archives.


In addition to the online exhibit, there’s also a physical version of the exhibit that will be displayed at the Morton Museum of Collierville History in West Tennessee during May and June. If you want to see the exhibit in person, the museum’s hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For directions and more information about the museum, check out its web site at: http://www.colliervillemuseum.org/.

For more information regarding exhibits at the Tennessee State Library and Archives, please contact us at exhibits.TSLA@tn.gov.
  
The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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