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East Tennessee contest seeks historical monuments made from Legos

Tusculum College’s Doak House Museum is hosting a Lego Historian competition, which will commemorate history in East Tennessee. Participants may use Lego blocks, or other plastic bricks, to design and build a historic structure located in East Tennessee.

“This is a first-time event for the Museums of Tusculum College, and we are hoping to get as many people involved through modeling historic buildings and monuments with their Lego blocks as possible,” said Dollie Boyd, director of museums.

The Doak House Museum will be accepting submissions April 11-14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will culminate during the Old Oak Festival on the Tusculum College campus, April 15-17. Attendees of the Old Oak Festival will have the opportunity vote for their favorite on Saturday, April 16, 1-3 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded in five categories: kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and adults. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m.

To be eligible, the historic structure must be located in East Tennessee and be more than 100 years old, such as any of the historic structures located on the Tusculum College campus, at Exchange Place in Kingsport or in Jonesborough. Entries must be the participant’s own creation, and entries based on a kit or online design are not eligible.

Entries must be secured on a base no bigger than 24 by 24 inches and may not reach over four feet tall. The base may be decorated to compliment the project. Only one entry will be accepted per participant or team.

Registration is open online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lego-historians-project-drop-off-tickets-22657057870. Deliver completed projects to the Doak House Museum, 690 Erwin Highway, Greeneville, TN 37745.

For complete contest rules, contact Dollie Boyd at the Doak House Museum [email protected] or 423-636-8554.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit the website at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.