Farewell from Retiring McClung Museum Director Jeff Chapman

Updated : Nov 08, 2019 in Articles

Farewell from Retiring McClung Museum Director Jeff Chapman


It’s been a, really, just wonderful trip. Museums are exciting places. Every day there’s something different happening. It’s been extremely gratifying to see what … … we have achieved. I really cherish our education role. That’s one of the major functions of a museum. We’re engaged in research, yes, and we install exhibits, yes, but it’s all the focus of education, and, so, that’s been very, very exciting. The museum, one very, very important role is it is the interface with the community. I think it affords the public an opportunity to see some of the things that are going on here on campus. Research is a very, very important part of our program here, and we do research in Southeastern archaeology, huge, huge collections. When we had the Tibetan monks here, They spent a week here doing a mandala, a sand painting, and we had, oh, several thousand people in here just during that week, and then we’ve had several big-time family days, the Mayan festival we had, just really exciting, and thanks to our educator, Leslie Jantz, we were able to bring these people here in a feeling, I think, they felt welcome, and then, of course, there was the excitement about Monty, the dinosaur, out in front of the museum, a bronze cast of an edmontosaurus. We were able to acquire the mate to our famous sandstone, prehistoric sandstone statue, which is, really, the Tennessee state artifact. The female, which is obviously made by the same sculptor, to rejoin those, they are just stellar pieces for the museum. (MUSIC)

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