Warren County will be officially on the map for Tennessee Music Pathways with the soft opening of the new exhibit Our Music Pathways this Thursday, May 20.
The new exhibit will open at Warren County Heritage Center and Museum, located downtown on Main Street by McMinnville City Hall.
The opening will occur during the Heritage Alliance annual membership meeting and awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Dottie West’s granddaughter Tess Frizzell will be the guest speaker. Frizzell said she is bringing a special guest with her but won’t disclose who it could be until the night of the opening.
Our Music Pathways exhibit will feature Warren County’s story in regard to music including items from many greats of our past that have graced our stages like W.S. Lively, Charles Faulkner, Dinah Shore and more. Exhibit director Bruce Atnip said there are still things to work on which is why this is a soft opening. Organizers want to showcase the progress they’ve made during the pandemic.
A grand opening is planned for later in the year when it’s completed with special video and audio stops during tours. The exhibit will have events, contests and even open another exhibit at the Harrison Cabin at the Warren County A&L Fair.
Atnip said, “The state has different pathways in place, and ours will be one of the stops.” As a third-generation musician, he has some items on display from his own family’s history. “It’s exciting for people to learn their music heritage, Warren County’s heritage,” he said.
The exhibit will be ever-expanding as items are received from our local legend Dottie West and others who have picked where she left off. The soft opening will be at 5:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Warren County Heritage Center and Museum.