Exhibits in the Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum tell the life story of Cordell Hull and contain many artifacts from his personal possessions as well as items he collected during his years as U.S.Secretary of State. They include the Nobel Peace Prize Medal awarded to Hull for his role in founding the United Nations. An extensive collection of documents and letters detail some of the events of world importance in which Hull was involved.

Design of the exhibit casework was inspired by elements of log cabin construction such as the one that Cordell Hull was born and lived in during his early life. Display walls are constructed of an abstract stacked log system with dove tailed corners. Walls are punctured with small openings reminiscent of the kind of openings seen in heavy timbered log homes. Contrasted with these design details is the smooth refined finish of the maple and cherry cabinet construction that symbolizes the sophistication that Hull was able to achieve in his life as an international figure.

The design attempts to reveal the greatness in Hull’s modest, quite personality. The exhibit sequence is arranged so that one has a recurring view from the museum building towards the birthplace cabin located nearby. As one approaches the Nobel Peace Prize display, the cabin is seen directly beyond, linking Hull’s humble beginnings with his highest accomplishment.

Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum: Byrdstown, Tennessee