James K. Polk, Holocaust Commission, Cohen Gallery exhibit

Dru1_2-8-2018Polk Museum:  Tom Price, director of the James K Polk Ancestral Home, visited with Green Hills Rotarians concerning the possible move of Polk’s tomb. With the James K. Polk Memorial Association, Price is studying the feasibility of moving the tomb and remains of both the President and Mrs. Polk from Capitol Hill in Nashville to the Polk Home’s grounds in Columbia. President Polk’s remains were moved  once before, from his Nashville home to Capitol Hill.
James K. Polk is one of least known presidents in history. but also among the most successful one term presidents,” Price said. The 11th U.S. President occupied the White House from 1845 to 1849. During his tenure, the borders of the United States were expanded to the Pacific Ocean and the states of Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin were added to the Union. As President, Polk started the Naval Academy and he saw to issuance of the first postage stamp. The James K. Polk Ancestral Home is at 301 West 7th Street in Columbia, Built in 1816, it is Polk’s only surviving private residence.  On Presidents’ Day Weekend, the James K. Polk Home and Museum will celebrate by offering half-price admission from Sat., Feb. 17 through Mon., Feb. 19. For further information on visiting the home email jameskpolk.com.

Dru2_2-8-2018Holocaust:  The Tennessee Holocaust Commission recently invited author Rita Goldberg to speak on her book, “Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust.” Her book reveals the Holocaust history of her German-born mother, Hilde Jacobsthal, who had several harrowing escapes from the Nazis. After the arrest of her parents in 1943, Jacobsthal fled to Belgium to survive the war years and join the Resistance.  Goldberg gives a voice in her book to the many other children of holocaust survivors. Goldberg’s book is available online or locally. The Ten- nessee Holocaust Commission educates Tennesseans about Holocaust history to remind citizens the prejudice, hatred, and violence manifested in the Holocaust can destroy a humane society. For further information about the Tennessee Holocaust Commission phone the director, Danielle Kaminsky, at 615-343-2563 or 343-1171 or email: tnholcom@vanderbilt.edu

Cohen Gallery: Portraitist Everett Raymond Kinstler will exhibit examples of his work at Vanderbilt’s Cohen Fine Arts Gallery this March 23 and 24. Kinstlier’s show is entitled, “America Creative.” The portraits will focus on his many sitters from a variety of artistic pursuits. Among his clients were actors John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn, James Cagney, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Liv Ullman, Christopher Plummer, Peter O’Toole, Carol Burnett, and Ronald Reagan. Kinstlier also portrayed musician Tony Bennett, writer Tom Wolfe, and fellow artist Salvador Dali. To learn more about Kinstler go to everettraymondkinstler.com. Popular local portrait artist Michael Shane Neal, whom Kinstler influenced, recommends this exhibit. Neal’s own portrait work is available at michaelshaneneal.com. The Cohen Fine Arts Gallery is located at Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South.Visit vanderbilt.edu/gallery/art/ for further information about the exhibit.

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