Davy Crockett Gentleman From The Cane Author:James C. Kelly, Frederick S. Voss This exhibition commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of Davy Crockett's birth on August 17, 1786, and the sesquicentennial of his death at the Alamo fifty years later. For the first time, it brings together what may be the majority of portrait images of Crockett, and personal items associated with him during his lifetime that still sur... more »vive. It also features a sampling of objects that recall the many legends that have evolved about him since he came to national prominence in the 1830s.
The real David Crockett (he never called himself Davy) was a somewhat typical frontiersman, scout, and Indian fighter who excelled in bear-hunting and storytelling and who, when he entered politics, was a colorful campaigner. In 1822 he was first called "the gentleman from the cane" by a detractor who sought to underscore Crockett's rough-hewn manners by referring to his residency in one of Tennessee's then-poor rural backwaters. Crockett chose to revel in, rather than repudiate, the characterization.
This exhibition catalogue contains dozens of photographs of artefacts and portraits of Davy Crockett with educational and entertaining captions and stories.« less