The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau will unveiled “Through the Years, Gatlinburg History Museum” at a ribbon cutting on Friday, August 8, 2014.  The museum is located at the Visitor Center at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.

The Museum highlights a century of the arts and crafts community in Gatlinburg.  The exhibit features a collection of handcrafted items by generations of Gatlinburg families including furniture, fabric and other functional items.  Community organizations and businesses also made significant contributions that add to the story.

“We area excited about the opportunity to highlight the history of Gatlinburg and what makes it such a special place to so many,” says Vicki Simms, GCVB Executive Director.

Lori Tierney, Director of Visitor Services for the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, has worked diligently with Ripley’s Aquarium and others to put the collection together.

“We are grateful to Ripley’s Aquarium for providing the renovations to the space housing the collection,” says Tierney. “ We are so appreciative of the many families, businesses and organizations in the community have donated heirloom pieces and told stories which make the museum uniquely Gatlinburg.”

In addition to City dignitaries, there will be special guests present who were instrumental in creating the museum present for the opening ceremony.  Cast members from Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales will also perform Appalachian music.

Gatlinburg visitors interested in exploring local heritage can also participate in a self -guided history tour of historic sites in and around Gatlinburg by picking up the new history tour brochure available at Gatlinburg Visitor Centers or by downloading the Gatlinburg Tours App for Android and Apple devices.

For more information about the Gatlinburg History Museum, call (800) 588-1817 or visit our website at www.gatlinburg.com.