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Musical Icons: Johnny Cash and June Carter

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Join MIM for a celebration of the lives and legacies of Johnny Cash and June Carter. In honor of June Carter’s birthday, come and listen to Curator Talks, test your knowledge of Cash/Carter trivia in our popular MIMQuiz activity, view special screenings of The Johnny Cash Show, and more!

Books, CDs, and Gifts available for purchase
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Visit the Museum Store for gifts commemorating the iconic pair and their legacies. Choose from Johnny Cash T-shirts, CDs, books, and the ever-popular “Crawl the Line” baby onesie, as well as CDs by June Carter and the Carter Family.

Photo Booth
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Strike your best pose and have your picture taken with costumes and props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and instantly get your own copy to take home.

Toe-Tap Pianos
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Channel your inner songwriter and play a tune with your toes! Try your skills on our eight-foot-long piano mats.

Instrument Spotlight: Autoharps and Guitars
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Try your hand at Johnny Cash’s and June Carter’s favorite instruments! Popular in American folk and country music, the guitar and autoharp have become emblematic of these two iconic musicians. MIM volunteer team members will be present to guide you in strumming a few chords on guitar or on a selection of autoharps from MIM’s extensive Garry Harrison Collection of fretless zithers.

Drop-In Screenings: The Johnny Cash Show
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Drop in and catch an episode or two of The Johnny Cash Show. After the success of his two live prison albums, Cash took on hosting this musical variety show on television in the summer of 1969. Although it only lasted for two seasons, the show welcomed special musical guests each week, its regulars including June Carter and the Carter Family. Join us for a screening of two different full-length episodes each day—some of which feature artists found in MIM’s Artist Gallery.

Caricatures by She Draws You
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Commemorate the day with a caricature! Have a whimsical portrait drawn by local artist Dianne Nowicki of She Draws You.

Lunch Menu Available for Purchase
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Try Café Allegro’s spin on folk-country favorites such as “It Ain’t Me Babe” summer soup and “Man in Black” fried chicken with Rockabilly Blues Guitar sauce, plus a delicious Tennessee bourbon pecan pie for dessert.

Curator Talk: “Musical Roots and Family Trees”
1:15–2:00 p.m.
The Carter Family has remained central to the story of American folk and country music for nearly a century, from their early recordings to June Carter’s marriage to Johnny Cash. Join Rich Walter, PhD, MIM’s curator for United States / Canada and Europe, as he explores the remarkable and enduring musical impact of the Carter Family.

Johnny Cash and June Carter MIMQuiz
2:45–3:30 p.m.
How much do you really know about Johnny Cash, June Carter, and their music? Join us and get ready for some exciting rounds of team trivia. Come with a team or make new friends as we test your knowledge! The winning team will receive one $10 MIM gift card per person (no more than four people per team).

Café Allegro Lunch Menu Highlights

Big Iron Pot “Jackson” Chile

“It Ain’t Me Babe” Summer Soup

“Juke Box Blues” Macaroni and Cheese with “Get Rhythm” Ham and Green Chiles

County Pork Barbecue and Onion “Ring of Fire”

“Man in Black” Fried Chicken with Rockabilly Blues Guitar Sauce

Tennessee Bourbon Pecan Pie

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  • Vida Jenkins