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Upon turning 90, Loretta Lynn to donate items from personal archives to Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

On her 90th birthday, the Queen of Country Music announces that she will donate select items from personal archives to Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Screenshot of Loretta Lynn video, courtesy of SME.

Screenshot of Loretta Lynn video, courtesy of SME.

According to a press release from Sony Music Entertainment and Legacy Recordings, (a division of SME): Loretta Lynn is donating effects from her personal archives to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Among the artifacts are: a 1960s yellow gingham dress sewn by Lynn and a photograph of Loretta wearing the dress while signing autographs; the red gown designed by Loretta's longtime dressmaker Tim Cobb and worn by Loretta as an honoree at the 26th Kennedy Center Honors in 2003; Loretta's original handwritten lyrics to "Fist City," her controversial 1968 Billboard No. 1 Hot Country Single; first edition copies of her autobiographies — Coal Miner's Daughter (1976) and Still Woman Enough (2002) — and more.

"As a little girl, I could never have imagined that I'd write books and wear dresses that would wind up in the Smithsonian. These are the kinds of things that make me realize what an amazing life I've been given and grateful for what I'm able to share with the world," said Lynn.

The artist is celebrating her 90th birthday with friends and family and sends heartfelt greetings to her fans: "I am getting so many big birthday wishes! Thank you, friends, for thinking of me. I'm so happy I get to spend a little more time with you all. My family and I are planning a big dinner and, of course, cake! I love you!"

To mark the occasion, SME is dedicating a blossoming magnolia tree to Loretta Lynn. Located outside the Frist Learning Center on the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, the tree bears a bronze tribute plaque with the inscription: "Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) / Coal Miner's Daughter / Music Icon / Celebrating Her 90th Birthday." Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate, an historical landmark where "beauty and excellence in art and horticulture nurture the spirit and serve as inspiration for a diverse and broad audience."


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