Patsy Cline Museum: 10 Must-See Items

New Nashville museum includes her home stereo console and the watch she was wearing in the plane crash that took her life

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The Plane Crash
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The Plane Crash

While some of the items recovered at the site of the 1963 plane crash have previously been on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, such as Cline's Confederate flag lighter, the items in this collection are among the most poignant to be found anywhere, including the silver Elgin wristwatch that Patsy was wearing at the time of the crash. The watch was a gift from her husband. Also recovered was the 1963 pocket diary kept by Randy Hughes, Cline's manager who was piloting the plane and was also killed. It contained a record of all of the singer's tour dates and the amounts she was paid for them. Her final concert, in Kansas City, is not included in the diary, however, as it was a benefit show. A floral handkerchief worn by Patsy's mother, Hilda Hensley, at her funeral and memorial service is also included, along with a telegram from Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, expressing his, his wife's and Presley's condolences to Cline's family and remembering her as "one of the great artists of our time with a bright future." 

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