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Secretary Of State's Office To Close For Good Friday
(Published: April 1, 2015)

The Secretary of State's Office will be closed on Friday, April 3, 2015 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The closure impacts all divisions of the Department of State, including the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).

TSLA will reopen for normal business hours, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 4. All other divisions will resume normal business hours on Monday, April 6.

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Tennessee Students Win History Day Special Awards
(Published: March 19, 2015)

Thirty-three students from across the state won special awards during the recent district competitions for Tennessee History Day, which will be held in Nashville next month.

National History Day (NHD) is an annual event in which middle and high school students prepare research papers, websites, exhibits, documentaries and performances on topics of historical interest. The goal of NHD is to help students develop an interest in and appreciation for history outside of a traditional classroom setting.

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State Library and Archives to Close for Good Friday
(Published: March 18, 2015)

In observance of the Good Friday holiday, the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will be closed on Friday, April 3. If you were planning to visit TSLA on that day, please adjust your plans accordingly. TSLA will be open for its regular business hours, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 4.

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State Archivists to Visit Wartburg in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: March 10, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Wartburg on Wednesday, March 25 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Wartburg Public Library, 514 Spring Street in Wartburg, that day from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists to Visit Jamestown in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: March 10, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Jamestown on March 24 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Fentress County Courthouse, 101 S. Main Street, that day from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Discovering the History of Nashville
Tennessee State Library and Archives Workshop, presented by David Ewing
(Published: March 3, 2015)

Join David Ewing for a look at Nashville’s unique history through the Tennessee State Library and Archives’s (TSLA) historical materials and from his own historical research. In this free workshop, Ewing will discuss how to navigate the TSLA’s records to research Nashville history, and to locate information about your own Nashville ancestors.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. March 28.

Ewing is a ninth generation Nashvillian, lawyer and historian. He has been researching Nashville and his family at the Tennessee State Library and Archives for 20 years. He has previously served on the Metro Historical Commission, Board of The Hermitage and Travellers Rest. He is a founding member of the TSLA Friends. His Facebook page "The Nashville I Wish I Knew" was selected in 2013 as the best Facebook website by the Nashville Scene's Best of Readers and Editors poll.

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New Online Application Maps African-American History During the Civil War in Tennessee
(Published: February 25, 2015)

As slavery and plantation life dissolved in the crucible of war and occupation during the 1860s, Tennessee became a laboratory of new social arrangements for African Americans. Landscape of Liberation: The African American Geography of the Civil War in Tennessee, which highlights many of the changes in African-American life, is now available online at http://tnmap.tn.gov/CivilWar/freedmen/.

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State Library and Archives' 'Heritage Project' Finalist for National Award
(Published: February 19, 2015)

A program launched by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) to produce short documentaries of the people, places and events that make Tennessee distinctive is one of four finalists for a national award. TSLA's Tennessee State Heritage Project is in the running for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award.

IDEAS is an acronym for "innovation, dedication, excellence and achievement in service." The award is given annually to one department of state in recognition of an outstanding program or achievement.

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TSLA Remembers Brown v. Board of Education with Southern School News Digital Collection
(Published: February 10, 2015)

During Black History Month, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is making available a new collection that showcases some of the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement. The Southern School News Digital Collection is an online compendium of the journal Southern School News, a monthly publication by the Southern Education Reporting Service (SERS) detailing developments in education arising from the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas U.S. Supreme Court opinion from May 17, 1954. This full text searchable digital collection is comprised of 11 volumes with 12 issues containing 12 to 24 pages each that were published from September 1954 through June 1965 in Nashville.

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State Archivists to Visit Humboldt in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: February 9, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Humboldt on Feb. 26 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Humboldt Public Library, 115 South 16th Avenue in Humboldt, that day from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Tennessee State Library and Archives Appoints Educator Working Group
(Published: January 27, 2015)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) recently named six Tennessee social studies teachers to its TSLA Educator Working Group. This group will assist and advise the Library and Archives staff about ways to make its Tennessee history collections available to teachers and students. The group will develop lesson plans based on original Tennessee documents and images so that social studies teachers across the state can better use TSLA’s primary sources in their classroom instruction.  

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Clarksville Student and Teacher Team to Participate in International Academic Program Studying World War II’s Normandy Invasion
Student and Teacher Will Travel to Washington, D.C. and the Normandy Region of France to Walk in the Footsteps of the Fallen
(Published: January 15, 2015)

Scott Moore understands the military. As the son of an active duty soldier, the high school student from Clarksville has seen his father deploy six times. Now this spring and summer, he’ll get an opportunity to study one of the most intense military conflicts in human history.

Scott will be traveling to France along with one of his teachers to study World War II as part of the 2015 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. This program will immerse 15 student-and-teacher teams from across the country in the history of the Normandy Invasion and the service members who gave their lives in it.

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State Archivists to Visit Celina in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: January 22, 2015)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Celina on Jan. 29 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Clay County Community Center, 145 Cordell Hull Drive in Celina, that day from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday
(Published: January 16, 2015)

The Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed Monday, January 19 to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 20. If you have business with the office, please plan accordingly.

Parking around State Library and Archives Limited Saturday Due to Inauguration
(Published: January 16, 2015)

Although the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be open during its regular hours Saturday, the usual parking spaces around the building will not be available for library users because of the governor's inauguration ceremony. The ceremony is expected to restrict parking throughout the day. Library patrons are encouraged to arrive early and find spaces in non-restricted areas in downtown Nashville. With the exception of state holidays, the State Library and Archives is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
 

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Assistant State Archivist Wayne Moore to Present "Historic Maps of Tennessee and Beyond: Digital Maps at the Tennessee State Library and Archives"
(Published: January 14, 2015)

"I need to look at a map to understand it."

How many times have you said that? Tennessee's largest collection of historical maps is ready to be explored at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).  Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring to maps.

In an effort to increase use of this tremendous research resource, TSLA is digitizing original maps and making them available in the Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). An initial collection of more than 100 maps has just been released, and TSLA will continue adding its maps to this digital online collection to bring more of them to a wider public.

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Reluctant Warrior Alvin York Subject of Next TSLA Workshop
(Published: January 12, 2015)

He was a reluctant warrior who was denied conscientious objector status and agreed to combat duty only after a commander convinced him that doing so wouldn't conflict with his religious beliefs. He later helped lead one of the key offensives during World War I, earning a Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations for his efforts.

Alvin C. York is one of Tennessee's most celebrated war heroes - and he'll be one of the main subjects of the next workshop sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).

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New TSLA Exhibit Explores Tennessee’s Role in the War of 1812
(Published: January 6, 2015)

The War of 1812 represents a pivotal period in Tennessee’s history. Congressional leaders like Felix Grundy made the nation aware of “western” interests and concerns. Andrew Jackson provided overwhelming victories in the Creek War, and the astonishing triumph at New Orleans propelled him to national acclaim and the presidency. The legacy of the War of 1812 remains strong within the state — nearly one-third of the counties are named for men who were connected to the war. The nickname, “Volunteer State,” had its roots in the volunteer spirit displayed by the thousands of Tennesseans who participated in the war.

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State Library and Archives to Close Jan. 14
(Published: December 29, 2014)

 The Tennessee State Library and Archives will close to the public at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14. The reading rooms will reopen on their regular schedule at 8 a.m. on Thursday, January 15. 

Holiday Office Closures
(Published: December 18, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25 in celebration of the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen Friday, Dec. 26.

The office will also be closed Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in celebration of the New Year's holiday. The office will reopen Friday, Jan. 2.

If you have business with any of the office's operating divisions, please plan accordingly.

Happy holidays!

 

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State Archivists to Visit Rogersville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Rogersville Dec.3 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Hawkins County Archives, 951 East McKinney Ave., Suite A, that day from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists Visit Elizabethton in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Elizabethton Dec. 4 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library, 210 North Sycamore Street in Elizabethton, that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Holiday Closures for Secretary of State's Office
(Published: November 13, 2014)

In celebration of the Thanksgiving and the Columbus Day holidays, the Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. (Gov. Bill Haslam used his executive authority to designate that the state holiday for Columbus Day be moved to Nov. 28.) The Tennessee State Library and Archives will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. The Secretary of State's other divisions will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Make a “County Connection” the Saturday after Thanksgiving on “Family History Day”
(Published: November 10, 2014)

The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us spend time reconnecting with family members and sharing family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.

For the fourth consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research.

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Tennessee State Library and Archives Releases a New Digital Collection Showcasing Tennessee Folklife
(Published: November 5, 2014)

What do roley hole marbles, white oak baskets, shape-note singing, and banjoes have in common? All are examples of Tennessee folk culture or "folkways" available online in the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ newest digital collection: "Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project Collection, 1979-1984." The collection documents folk culture unique to Tennessee and highlights Tennessee's significant contributions to national studies of folklife.

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State Library and Archives Premieres Video on State Senator Douglas Henry, Tennessee's Longest-Serving Legislator
(Published: October 31, 2014)

He's been called a statesman, a fiscal expert and a champion of the less fortunate. Now State Senator Douglas Henry's life has been chronicled in a new documentary produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The video, which has a running time of just under 30 minutes, is narrated by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. It covers some of the highlights of Henry's career and includes remarks from people who worked with him through the years.

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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Veterans Day Holiday
(Published: October 28, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you have business with the office, please plan accordingly.

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State Archivists to Visit Franklin in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: October 27, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Franklin Nov. 13 and  Nov.14 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Williamson County Archives, 611 West Main Street in Franklin, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit, located online at www.tncivilwar150.org. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

Individuals may call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives' section of the Office of the Secretary of

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Tennessee State Library & Archives Partners with Ancestry.com to Provide Free Resources to Schools
(Published: October 7, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has been a partner with online genealogy giant Ancestry.com for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee’s historical records. Now, according to State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, that partnership is being extended so that Tennessee will be the first state to offer access to Ancestry.com in every K-12 school classroom.

Teachers like Ben Bowers, who teaches history at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, are excited. “My students learn best from hands-on experience with historical documents. For example, being able to study an immigrant passenger list, instead of just reading about immigration in their textbook, really brings history to life for them.”

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Half Marathon Could Cause Traffic Issues Around State Library and Archives Saturday
(Published: September 25, 2014)

The Women's Running Half Marathon + 5K will be held along a route that includes downtown Nashville Saturday morning. To accommodate the runners, there will be road closures that could affect patrons trying to visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The State Library and Archives will be open during its normal Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The road closures will affect various parts of the half marathon route between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the road closures, go to:

http://cdn.womensrunning.competitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Alternate-Access-Routes-rev-9-6-122.pdf


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State Library and Archives' Next Workshop: "Creating Order in the Midst of Chaos: Union Provost Marshal Records"
(Published: September 24, 2014)

The Civil War was a chaotic time in our nation's history when normal societal rules didn't always apply. Soldiers and civilians alike sometimes took advantage of the uncertainty around them by breaking laws and upsetting the social order. In the territories held by the Union army, provost marshals served as a check against such activities. The provost marshals, who functioned as military police during the Civil War, also kept records of their work that can be valuable resources for genealogists and historians who want to know more about what life was like during that turbulent era.

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New TSLA Exhibit Explores the Civil War in Tennessee in 1864
(Published: September 22, 2014)
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Brothers Cpl. Jesse Mercer Pirkle and
1st Sgt. Elijah Jefferson Pirkle
served in Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Cav., USA
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1864 would prove to be the decisive year of the Civil War. Despite Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga the previous year, northern citizens were growing war-weary. The mounting lists of dead and wounded made many wonder if the South should finally be allowed its independence.

Geographically situated between the midwestern states and the deep South, Tennessee was to be the major battleground in the western theater. The Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, combined with numerous rail lines which crossed the state, made Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville of strategic importance to both Union and Confederate forces.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, recently opened at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It explores the role Tennessee played as a transportation and supply hub, the experiences and contributions of African-Americans, and key battles at Johnsonville, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.

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State Archivists Visit Kimball in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: September 18, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Kimball on Oct. 8 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Kimball Municipal Building, 649 Main Street in Kimball, on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
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Nashville, TN 37243
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