As one of the most iconic country singers of all time, Patsy Cline continues to connect with each generation through her timeless music. Because of Cline's lasting legacy, it was only logical for the city of Nashville to choose to honor the country legend in a big way.
In 2013, Bill Miller founded the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville, which has drawn in tons of visitors in the short amount of time it has been open. Due to the success of the Johnny Cash Museum, Miller felt it was only logical to establish a museum for country music's leading lady as well.
"Of all the artists in the history of country music, few are as recognized and as recognizable as Patsy Cline," Miller said. "Despite the fact that she passed decades ago, her impact and presence are every bit as big today as ever."
Completely funded by the Miller family organization, the Patsy Cline Museum will be built above the Johnny Cash Museum, with construction plans moving forward in June. The museum will include a vast collection of Cline's personal items, with her family providing several artifacts that have never been seen before. Some of the items fans will have the chance to see at the museum are letters, photographs, and Cline's signature costumes.
The museum will also be designed to get guests involved in the experience, with plans to include touch screen video and interactive audio throughout the building.
Cline's children are looking forward to the day when the museum honoring their mother opens its doors to the public. For years it was their father and Cline's widower, Charlie Dick, who carried the torch when it came to keeping Cline's legacy alive. But after Charlie passed away in November 2015, Cline's children knew it is now their turn to make sure their mother is remembered for future generations.
"Since the passing of our father last fall, this is our first step together in continuing to share Mom's music, life and story, as we feel Dad would have," said Cline's daughter, Julie Fudge. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with and experience what Bill will present to old and new fans alike."
No opening date for the museum has been announced at this time, but we can't wait to check it out once it opens! How about you? What would you like to see on display in the Patsy Cline Museum?
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