August 25, 2017 - August 05, 2018
By telling her own truths, and by writing about her experiences with a perspective and voice unlike any other Southern storyteller, Loretta Lynn has become an American hero and a country music standard-bearer.
"I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music," exclaimed Lynn on hearing news of the exhibition. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame. Y'all come see us!"
Her one-of-a-kind tale has been told in a feature film (with an Oscar-winning portrayal of Lynn by Sissy Spacek), two autobiographies, and a public television American Masters documentary. But her fascinating journey is worthy of further exploration. Examining the Coal Miner’s Daughter through her music and her rich collection of personal artifacts will provide fresh insights into one of country music’s most important artists. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, Lynn received a Grammy nomination in 2017 for Best Country Album for her latest release, Full Circle.
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This Christmas card from 1987, sent to DJs by Loretta Lynn, shows her with a snowman in Lake Tahoe. Lynn sent Christmas cards each year to thank country DJs for playing her records.
Loretta performs her signature song “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at The Garden in 1975.
From 1963 to 1971, Loretta Lynn appeared weekly on the Wilburn Brothers Show. Here she sings her 1965 hit “Blue Kentucky Girl.”
Loretta Lynn is well known for her cooking skills. In 2004 she released the cookbook You're Cookin' It Country: My Favorite Recipes and Memories.