Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Oaklands Association, Inc.

  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • www.oaklandsmansion.org

Mission Statement

Oaklands Association, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization who mission is to preserve our local history and inspire an appreciation of Oaklands' unique past. To enhance our community's quality of life, we are dedicated to: Preserving Oaklands mansion and grounds; Interpreting two centuries of the rich history of our site and region; Providing dynamic educational experiences for diverse audiences; Serving as an important heritage tourism destination.

Main Programs

  1. Autumn in the Oaks
  2. Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes
  3. Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit
Service Areas

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Tennessee

TN

ruling year

1960

Principal Officer since 2009

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Mr. James W. Manning

Keywords

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museum, civil war, education, history, mansion

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EIN

62-0717481

 Number

7382922439

Also Known As

Oaklands Mansion

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 1959 Oaklands Assoc., Inc. was organized in order to save from demolition, restore, maintain and interpret Oaklands Mansion, originally constructed circa 1818 as a two room brick cabin in the hall and parlor plan. Through subsequent additions and renovations by the Maney Family it became a large Italianate antebellum plantation home situated on approximately 1,500 acres in Murfreesboro Tennessee. In the last year, Oaklands has proudly: Welcomed thousands of school children per year to hands-on activities such as "Washing, Churning and Learning", "Autumn in the Oaks", and "Antebellum Academy School for Young Ladies." Established a partnership with Murfreesboro City Schools which includes exempted field trips that allow teachers to bring students to the museum in addition to their maximum field trip allowance. Presented the fifth annual award winning, "Wedding Dresses Through the Decades" exhibition. This winter program generates much needed tourism and revenue during a traditionally slow season. Among our goals for the current year, Oaklands will: Develop a partnership with local Scout troops to create new educational programs at the historic site. Recognizing that a dynamic website is the umbrella under which effective advertising falls, We are also developing a podcast series. Seek and develop ways to make Oaklands more visible to our community and the visiting public, as well as increase awareness of our primary goals of education and preservation.

Programs

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Program 1

Autumn in the Oaks

A Fall field day with historic hands-on crafts and games under the autumn trees. Experience the chores of the mid-1800's through period crafts, demonstrations, games and hands-on activities when you visit Oaklands Historic House Museum's ""Autumn in the Oaks"", to take place in the fall, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the historic site, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro. This event will focus on chores of the mid-1800's through hands-on activities for students and adults alike. Plantation activities such as clothes washing, butter churning, quill writing, and rug beating will be explored. Focus will be on learning to appreciate the work and fruits of harvest. Artisans and living history demonstrators will be on the grounds to share their crafts and talents. Other activities scheduled for the event are: tree scavenger hunt, leaf rubbings, kneading dough and limited house tours. Crafts and games for the children such as: sack races, hoops-n-sticks, graces and 1860's dress up will also be available. ""Autumn in the Oaks"" is presented by Oaklands Historic House Museum. Admission is $5.00 per person and free for teachers and parents with a paid child's admission. Check-in and complimentary parking will be at the Roberts Street Pavilion. This event is open to the public with reservations required for groups. For information, please contact Mary Beth Nevills at 615-893-0022 or email mb@oaklandsmuseum.org.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

1000.00

Program 2

Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes

Usher in the holiday season with an enchanting tour of historic homes and landmarks. The annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes takes place the first Saturday in December, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The tour, sponsored by Oaklands Association and MidSouth Bank, will feature beautiful, private homes along East Main Street and in historic downtown, distinctive churches, and the graceful Oaklands Mansion. The cornerstone of the tour is the grand Oaklands Mansion. Historical interpreters in period attire will guide you through the fascinating story of this gracious mansion. At its peak, Oaklands was the center of a 1,500 acre plantation and one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee. Since that time, Oaklands has seen dramatic changes. Following the Civil War, it deteriorated from a majestic mansion to virtual ruins and, in the 1950's, its very existence was threatened. The mansion was brought back from the brink of destruction and saved from the wrecking ball when a group of concerned ladies created Oaklands Association in 1959. The Association has worked tirelessly to restore Oaklands to its original splendor and preserve its unique history. Today, local residents and visitors alike enjoy the mansion that has been lovingly restored and brought back to its former glory. The proceeds of the Candlelight Tour of Homes go toward the care and preservation of this historic treasure. Admission is $10.00 per person 21 years and older, students $8.00, ages 6-12, $5.00, ages 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at any home on the tour or at Oaklands Historic House Museum. Oaklands Association is a non-profit educational organization. For more information on becoming a member or a volunteer, please call (615) 893-0022 or email: info@oaklandsmuseum.org.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Program 3

Wedding Dresses Through the Decades Exhibit

Step back to yesterday and see the common threads that weave together the lives of women through the decades in middle Tennessee and across the country. Enjoy traveling through time from the brocade and silk of the mid 1800's to the stories and suits of the wartime brides in the 1940's at the ""Wedding Dresses Through the Decades"" exhibit at Oaklands Historic House Museum presented in partnership with the Human Sciences Department of Middle Tennessee State University and sponsored in part by A Special Touch, Julia's HomeStyle Bakery, Rion Flowers and Gifts, and Street Tuxedo. Wedding dresses from many decades will be on display in Maney Hall and open to the public at Oaklands Mansion from January through March , 2017. During this exhibit, grandmothers, mothers and daughters will have the rare opportunity to view items from not only the museum collection, but also elegant and fashionable wedding dresses worn by ladies from both Murfreesboro and around the country. Witness the changes in fashion from different areas, eras and cultures as we transcend time to the modern day bride. The exhibit will be open during regular tour hours, Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is $5.00 per person and open to the public. Museum tours are available at regular rates and regular museum hours.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

TN

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Sufficient funding to increase our educational budget, allowing us to expand our educational programming to meet the needs of a wider audience. This would include field trip scholarships for children who are participants in the free and reduced lunch program. Preservation and maintenance of the historic structure per the museum's strategic plan..Expanding the educational collection in order to provide a more hands-on experience.

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OAKLANDS ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Oaklands Association, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. James W. Manning

BIO

James W. Manning, Jr. has served as Executive Director of Oaklands Historic House Museum twice. First from 2000-2005 and currently since 2009. Mr. Manning holds a Bachelor's degree of University Studies with an emphasis in Basic and Applied Sciences from Middle Tennessee State University. His primary field of study was construction management with secondary emphasis in business management and history. It was his post-graduate work in public history which brought him to Oaklands Historic House Museum as a volunteer in 1999. Mr. Manning currently sits on the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau board and is a member of the East Tennessee Historical Society's First Families of Tennessee.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dixie Phillips

Community Volunteer

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

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