The University of Tennessee’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture wrapped up its annual calendar year of family events on Saturday with its final Family Fun Day.
The McClung Museum partnered with Knoxville’s Bridge Refugee Services, an organization dedicated to connecting refugees with “opportunities to grow and connect to their new homeland.”
The partnership brought diverse exhibits from all around the world, and allowed guests to see the wide variety of culture that can be found in the Knoxville area.
The exhibit made sure to have something for children, as well, giving them an opportunity to create letters for refugees coming to Knoxville, which will be given out by Bridge at a later date.
Nicole Fernandez, an Americorp Vista member serving with Bridge Refugee Services as its volunteer coordinator, was greeting guests of the museum and educating them as well.
“[We just want to] let the community know that we’re here and we’re welcoming people to the Knoxville community,” Fernandez said on Bridge’s presence, “[w]e’d like to challenge some people’s perceptions of what our refugees are and what they do.”
The event tied Knoxville’s refugee population in to the museum itself, allowing presenters from various countries an opportunity to speak to guests about exhibits that originated from where they are from.
When asked about the future for Bridge, Fernandez wanted to make sure people knew that they were “here, welcoming people, and [they will] continue to do so.”
Admission to the museum’s Family Fun Days is free, and there is always free parking available during the event.
Family Fun Days lasted from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.