The Patsy Cline Museum opened April 7, 2017, on the second floor of the Johnny Cash Museum building. It is home to an extensive collection of Patsy Cline memorabilia as well as real-life artifacts once owned by the country singer, who died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30. Watch this 1962 performance of "She's Got You" by Patsy Cline.
Patsy Cline, born Virginia Patterson Hensley, recorded three studio albums and had two number one songs on the country music chart before her untimely death. However, her death was not the end of her popularity. Her music remained on the charts and her fan base only grew. In fact, she was the first female inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame - 10 years after her death. Shannon and Bill Miller, who also founded the Johnny Cash Museum, wanted to create a similar museum for Patsy Cline. When her husband passed away in 2015, he left behind a collection of his and Patsy's that had been hidden away before. With this, the Miller's were able to open the museum.
The Patsy Cline Museum focuses on the relatively modest life Cline and her family led, in spite of her growing success and fame. Her husband, Charlie Dick, saved a lot of her personal possessions, including the sewing machine used by Cline's mother, Hilda Hensley, to sew the signature cowgirl costumes she wore early in her career, a custom cigarette lighter, and her salt and pepper shaker collection. He also kept the telegram he received from Colonel Tom Parker – Elvis Presley's manager – offering condolences after Cline's death.
The halls in the museum include several exhibits that focus on specific stages in Cline's life. For example, one exhibit includes the sign, a wooden booth, and a milkshake maker from the pharmacy – Gaunt's Drug Store – where she worked during her teen years in Winchester, Virginia. Visitors can also see the porch seat from her childhood home in that same town. The exhibits in the museum are arranged in chronological order and cover specific stages in Cline's life. You can see artifacts from Gaunt's Drug Store, where she worked as a teenager in Winchester, Virginia. Also on display is the porch seat from her childhood home in Winchester. The last exhibit features the costumes designed by Cline that she asked Nudie Cohn – a famous designer who created rhinestone-studded "Nudie suits" for many stars – to make for her. Her last design request arrived at Cohn's after her death, but decades later, Cohn's granddaughter completed the costumes for the exhibit.
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