History Happy Hour: ”I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music” with Birthplace Country Music Museum

Join the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on April 20th at 6:30 pm as we welcome Dr. Rene Rodgers and Erika Baker from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum as they kick off the 2023 season of History Happy Hour!


The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is no stranger to History Happy Hour, and this time they will be sharing about their brand new exhibit “I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music.” This exhibit was years in the making.  Dr. Rodgers explains, “Old-time music is described and experienced in different ways and for different purposes, but at its heart, old-time is mountain folk music with strong ties to Appalachia and the diverse peoples who have called it home. Women have always been central to old-time music — in the home and on the stage, and as instrumentalists and singers, preservationists, activists, promoters, and cultural memory keepers. Join the Birthplace of Country Music Museum staff as they introduce their new special exhibit and explore the stories of the women who have been integral to old-time music.” The program will begin at 6:30 pm in the Chester Inn Museum’s Board Room. The program is free and open to the public!


The 2023 season of History Happy Hour will run from April through November with a new program every third Thursday of the month. The full lineup includes Presidential history, Jonesborough’s historic front porches, deed research, and much more. The full schedule is available on the Chester Inn’s Facebook page and the Heritage Alliance’s website. If you can’t attend History Happy Hour in person, each program will be livestreamed to the Chester Inn Museum’s Facebook page.


This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.