Event honoring the life and legacy of President James K. Polk
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The President James K. Polk Home and Museum will be hosting its second annual event, “In Lieu of Flowers” on Friday, June 15, 2018. The event will take place on the 169th anniversary of President Polk’s death and will focus on celebrating his life and legacy. Guests will be treated to an evening of cocktails and toasts in the gardens at the historical Polk Home and Museum.
“We created this event last year as a way to honor the legacy of our late President,” said Beth Gilbert, former board chair for the Polk Association. “We are thrilled to bring it back this year as a spirited way to continue to raise funds for The Journey Home for James K. Polk project.”
Proceeds from the event will go towards The Journey Home for James K. Polk. This project supports the effort to bring President James K. Polk and his wife Sarah Childress Polk’s remains from the State Capitol to the permanent memorial site at the Polk Home and Museum. According to his will President Polk wished to be buried at home. As the only surviving residence of President Polk, besides The White House, the Polk Home and Museum will be where the tomb is relocated to.
James K. Polk was the 11th President of the United States during the years 1844-1849. He played a key part in expanding the U.S. by adding many states and expanding to the Pacific Ocean. President Polk also helped the nation grow. “In Lieu of Flowers” will be a celebration of his life and honor his legacy as a President.
“In Lieu of Flowers” will take place on June 15 at 18 minutes to 5 p.m., to signify the time of Polk’s final breath, in the gardens of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum. The Polk Home and Museum is located at 301 West Seventh Street in downtown Columbia, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, a $25 donation to The Journey Home for James K. Polk is suggested. Event guests are welcome to dress in funeral attire to honor the late President Polk.
To find out more about the event, “In Lieu of Flowers,” visit the President James K. Polk Home and Museum website at www.jameskpolk.com. For updates on the event follow the Polk Home and Museum Facebook and Twitter.
About President James K. Polk Home & Museum
The President James K. Polk Home & Museum is home to the largest collection of Polk artifacts in the country. The property includes the only surviving residence of James K. Polk other than the White House, the 1818 Sisters’ House where two of the President’s married sisters lived with their families at different times, the Polk Home’s detached kitchen, the Polk Presidential Hall exhibition facility with rotating exhibits that relate to the U.S. Presidency and American society and culture during James K. Polk’s lifetime and landscaped gardens featuring objects and plantings from the grounds of James K. Polk’s final home, a downtown Nashville mansion known as Polk Place. The President James K. Polk Home & Museum is located at 301 West Seventh Street in downtown Columbia, Tenn. For more information about the President James K. Polk Home & Museum, visit www.jameskpolk.com.