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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Hosts Museum Day Live! March 12

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Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is hosting a special Museum Day Live! on Saturday, March 12, 2016. In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The public is invited to download their free tickets and come have a fun day out at the museum.

This year's special Museum Day Live! event, held during Women's History Month, will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation's museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries though this offer of free admission for one day. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on March 12, and as part of this year's theme, the museum will also be hosting the TechGyrls of YWCA Bristol in a special radio program to be aired on that day.

To prepare for their radio debut, the TechGyrls toured the museum in early February, spending a lot of time exploring the exhibits to find topics to cover in their program. They then worked directly with Curator of Exhibits & Publications René Rodgers and other museum and radio staff to develop feature segments and create a complementary music playlist. The show will be pre-recorded in early March – with the girls acting as researchers, writers, rehearsal coordinators, and on-air personalities – and it will then air on the radio and in the museum during the Museum Day Live! event.

“This partnership is a great way to share the museum with young girls in our local community and to give them the opportunity to really experience the radio station - and get a chance to make their voices heard!” says Rodgers. “It's been wonderful to watch the TechGyrls develop their own program, one that we feel will inspire other girls too."

“The girls are always delighted to see and experience real-world technology. Partnering with WBCM and the museum is also an opportunity to integrate the arts and our STEM curriculum,” says Tonja Leonard, YWCA Bristol’s Director of TechGYRLS. “The girls love to see – and hear – their ideas come to life. We, like other YWCA’s across the country, are ‘On a Mission’ to empower women and girls – this opportunity has certainly empowered our TechGYRLS.”

The TechGyrls radio program will air on WBCM Radio Bristol (100.1 FM, online, or via the WBCM app) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12; it will also be streamed into the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's performance theater at 1:00 p.m. Members of the public and visitors to the museum are invited to listen to the TechGyrls show in the theater at this time.

“Museum Day Live! is a day that highlights how the museum reaches our community in engaging and creative ways,” says Museum Director Jessica Turner. “We strive to find ways to make our exhibits and programming accessible to everyone, and this Smithsonian event helps remind us of that.”

For more information about the Museum Day Live! event, go to birthplaceofcountrymusic.org; to register for and download your free admission ticket to the museum on Museum Day Live!, go to smithsonianmag.com/museumdaylive/museum-day-live-march-2016. Please note that only one ticket per household, per email address is available and that these free tickets have to be presented and used on Saturday, March 12 only.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world. Through text and artifacts, multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive, technology-infused displays—along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events—the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive! Rotating exhibitions created in-house and by guest curators and other institutions—including the Smithsonian—will be featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum is also home to an extensive digital archive.

The museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, visit www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org

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