New exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History examines Tennessee's role in the War of 1812

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A new exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History takes a closer look at Tennessee's role in the War of 1812.

"Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812" opened Monday and runs through May 19.

The traveling exhibit from the Tennessee State Museum is making its inaugural stop in Knoxville.

It takes a closer look at Tennessee's role in the often-forgotten war and how it helped shape our state.

The exhibit features several artifacts, including swords with ties to Andrew Jackson and a full-scale replica of the earthworks at the Battle of New Orleans.

Museum directors believe it's important to take a closer look at this piece of Tennessee history and make sure it isn't forgotten.

"This exhibit is really important because right now we're really embroiled in the sesquicentennial celebration of the Civil War. And sometimes the War of 1812 gets overlooked, but we're celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812," said Museum of East Tennessee History curator of exhibitions, Adam Alfrey.

"This exhibit really celebrates Tennessee's contributions to that war. As the title exhibit brings out, we're becoming the Volunteer State. A lot of our state identity, a lot of our state heroes emerged during this national conflict."

Some of those heroes include Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston.

The museum will host several events in conjunction with the exhibit in the coming months, including a symposium.

For more information on those events or the exhibit, visit the East Tennessee Historical Society's website or call (865) 215-8824.

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