COOKEVILLE – It was the decade of expressions like “totally” and “gag me with a spoon.” Big hair, leg warmers and MTV were all the rage, and games like Pac-Man and Centipede dominated arcades.
The Cookeville History Museum is revisiting those gnarly times in a new exhibit, “Cookeville: Back to the ’80s,” which continues through April 29 at 40 E. Broad St. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission is free.
“We focus so much on older history most of the time, so it’s fun to explore history that’s a little more modern – history we can actually remember,” Pam Philpot, exhibit specialist, said. “It reaches a different crowd.”
The exhibit highlights iconic Cookeville hangouts of the 1980s, as well as pop culture and world events.
“It’s really fun and nostalgic,” Beth Thompson, museum manager, said.
In the weeks leading up to the exhibit, museum staffers reached out to the community for photos and memorabilia, including favorite ’80s outfits, toys, video games and Cookeville-specific artifacts.
Thompson said the exhibit has something to offer people who lived through those years, as well as the younger generation.
Museum education specialist Ashley McKee, who was a toddler in the late 1980s, agreed.
“A lot of my friends are having ’80s-themed parties now,” she said. “So even if they didn’t experience it for themselves, they still really enjoy the fashion. It’s nostalgic in a different way.”
For more information about the museum, call 931-520-5455.