Through September 30, visitors to the President James K. Polk Home and Museum can see "Crafted by Conscience: Material and Belief in Polk's America," the new temporary exhibition at Polk Presidential Hall. The exhibit is included with general admission to the Polk Home. The admission charge for only “Crafted by Conscience” is $5 per adult and $3 per child.
This original exhibition shows the vibrant and vital role religion played in James K. Polk's life and times. From 1820 to 1850, a national flowering of faith impacted everything from clothing to politics as Americans created a unique material culture born from their religious worldview. “Crafted by Conscience” spotlights many of the diverse religious groups that experienced roots or revival in this period including Baptists, Methodists, Millerites, Shakers, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Oneida Perfectionists. Sixteen museums and institutions from across the country loaned artifacts to the exhibit ranging in size from silkworm cocoons from the Latter-day Saints’ silk production in Utah to a cherry and tulip poplar bureau made by Shakers in Kentucky.
Like the Polk Home, “Crafted by Conscience” is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sundays. For additional information, call (931) 388-2354.