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As a CHTA Member, you will be able to visit both the Homesteads Tower Museum and the Homesteads House Museum all season at no charge when you present your CHTA Membership Card.
CHTA VISION STATEMENT
Vision: Our vision is to interpret local history in a national context with a focus on the future.
The purpose of the Cumberland Homesteads Tower Association, Inc. is to define an era of local history when the New Deal legislation sought nationally to create communities with values and opportunities for social and economic stability.
As always, our volunteers have been hard at it keeping the Homesteads beautiful and litter free. In the past 12 months the crew has collected 4,000 gallons of trash in the community! If you see these fine folks in orange on the side of the road please give them a honk to show your appreciation!
The Homesteads Tower Association has been working on securing grants for various projects that are needed at the Tower Museum. We are pleased to report that we have received 3 grants over the past couple of months. Without the funds raised from the Apple Festival, as well as the 3 months the museum was closed these grants have been a lifeline for both Museums.
VOLUNTEER ELECTRIC awarded the Association a grant in the amount of $1000.00 to upgrade the outside electric for our Apple Festival vendors.
STATE OF TENNESSEE awarded the Association a $4,219 CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) Grant. This will allow the association to purchase sanitation supplies along with items to help insure our visitors have a better, more hands on experience in the Museum.
Funding has also been provided by Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020 in the amount of $5,000.
ONLINE GIFT SHOP
We are moving ahead with our online gift shop. The Gift Shop Committee has added several new items to the shop. We are putting the merchandise online so our customers can view and order items and have them delivered straight to their door. Some of the items included are Tower shirts, embroidered Tower caps, cookbooks, keychains, ornaments, Tower ink pens, and more. Check out our online gift shop on our webpage.
ARE YOU DUE’S DUE?
The Membership Committee is hard at it going door to door in the community reminding members to renew their membership. They are also inviting our new neighbors to become a part of the Association. If you see a friendly face with a Tower badge come your door, feel free to ask any questions you may have concerning your membership or anything else about the Tower Association.
THE NEW DEAL LESSONS
As many of you know the New Deal is part of American History lessons in 5th grade. This year Brenda King has reached out to all Cumberland County Schools, especially the 5th grade History teachers, to invite them to visit the Museum with their students. Also available are video tours as well as interviews conducted by our volunteers in an effort to keep the Homesteads story alive. If you are and educator and would like more information, please contact the Tower Museum.
MAKEOVER AT THE HOUSE MUSEUM
The Homestead Museum House will soon have a fresh new look! Brandon Neagley and the folks at Amazing Strokes Painting have previously worked on Homestead homes and will be re-staining the exterior siding. Brandon says they can’t wait to refresh another historical place in our county. Work will be completed before winter arrives.
FAMILY ROOM ADDITIONS
If you haven’t visited the Tower Museum lately come by and see the changes that have been made to the Family Room. Pictures of original Homestead Families have been updated, framed and arranged by roads. If you are a descendant of an original family and have photos that you would like to have displayed in the room, please contact Kelly at the Tower.
2021 HOMESTEADS CALENDAR
The Tower Association is putting together our new 2021 Calendar. Unlike past calendars with photos from photo contest winners, the 2021 calendar will be filled with vintage pictures from the Homesteads. We have gone through our archived photos and found some original pictures from with early days of the Homesteads. The target date for the new calendars will be November 1st. You may pre-order or have these shipped to other locations by calling the Tower.