March 24, 2020
UNION CITY, TENN. — Although Discovery Park of America is currently closed to the public and much of the staff is working from home, the museum and heritage park in Union City, Tenn. remains committed to the mission of inspiring children and adults to see beyond.
While the coronavirus pandemic has closed down museums around the world, many of them, like Discovery Park, are using social media to provide a unique look at their collections.
The content being shared from Discovery Park of America includes:
- An “ArtiFACT of the Day” shared on social media that will provide a unique look at and the story behind some of the more than 13,000 artifacts at Discovery Park
- Other artifacts and stories from the Discovery Park Collection that relate to historic moments in the past shared throughout the week using the hashtag #ThisDayInHistory
- “Moments of Discovery” videos created by the education, archives and museum staff of Discovery Park that provide an opportunity to hear some of their favorite stories from the collection
- The weekly release of the popular “Reelfoot Forward: A West Tennessee Podcast”
- Blog posts featuring even more details on subjects covered both inside and out at the museum and heritage park
- “Wildlife Wednesdays” with Discovery Park’s wildlife staff introducing social media followers to the different animals who make the Regional History Gallery and the 20,000-gallon aquarium home
- “Fossil Friday” that will provide an opportunity to learn more about many of the fossils at Discovery Park
“During a time of crisis, everyone is looking for how they can help,” said Scott Williams, president and CEO of Discovery Park. “With so many fascinating items on display and a talented staff to share them with the public, this is a way we can provide some inspiring content for children and adults who are quarantined at home making our mission of ‘seeing beyond’ even more poignant.”