History lives at museum

Friday, January 25, 2008
Ann Ellington dated Elvis Presley within a few years of moving away from Marshall County. This photograph and countless other items are on display at the Marshall County Historical Museum.

What do ladies' hats, an ancient handloom, and a Howdy Doody chair have in common? They can all be found in the Marshall County Historical Museum on College Street.

Few residents of Marshall County seem to be aware that the museum opened here in 1996 during the Tennessee Bicentennial Celebration. It was the brainchild of pharmacist Winston Rutledge and probably would never have opened without the persistence of retired library director Charlene Bradley Nicholas.

Rutledge died of cancer before the museum opened to the public. Nicholas passed away in 2006, after she and her family did much of the work to open the museum in the old Hardison School building. In recent years, the museum has been open by appointment only.

See Friday's Tribune for the complete story.