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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 “My students learn best from hands-on experience with historical documents.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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State Archivists to Visit Brownsville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: August 26, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Brownsville on September 9th and 10th 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 West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, 121 Sunny Hill Cove in Brownsville, on September 9th from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and September 10th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 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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Capitol Documentary Wins Award from National Conference of State Legislatures
(Published: August 20, 2014)

A documentary produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives staff has earned national recognition from a group that serves state legislators and their staff members.

The Legislative Research Librarians section of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will officially announce a Notable Documents award today for the documentary titled, "Tennessee State Capitol: Grounded in Tradition." The announcement will occur during the Legislative Research Librarians' business meeting in Minneapolis.

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Long-Lost Civil War Diary Returns to Tennessee
(Published: August 19, 2014)

The long-lost diary of a prominent Nashvillian has been returned to Tennessee by a California woman. Andrea Shearn, a retired science teacher, found the diary while helping her parents move into an assisted living facility.

Shearn found the diary in a wooden box on a closet shelf in Cincinnati, where her grandmother had evidently put it in 1963. Neither Shearn nor her parents realized it was there.

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Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners Records at TSLA
(Published: August 13, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is excited to share information about the Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners Records, also known as Record Group 3. This valuable resource from the board responsible for issuing and administering Tennessee’s Confederate pensions contains clippings, obituaries, death dates, payment records, and family connections you might not have known about, plus much more. For the whole story, we invite you to join Archivist Darla Brock as she introduces you to Record Group 3.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Henry County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Henry County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don't have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Henry County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/tutortn and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Putnam County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Putnam County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don’t have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Putnam County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/tutorTN and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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Launch of TutorTN Gives Unicoi County Students Free Tutoring Online
(Published: August 13, 2014)

Unicoi County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don’t have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.

The new service is available to Unicoi County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/TutorTN and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.

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State Library and Archives Teams with Ancestry.com on Major Genealogy Event in Nashville
(Published: August 4, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) and Ancestry.com are teaming up for a big genealogy event in Nashville. Beginning Sept. 16th, special lectures and research assistance are scheduled each day at TSLA's building, which is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville. On Saturday, Sept. 20, a full day of presentations designed to help family historians trace their roots will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, located at 623 Union Street in downtown Nashville. The event is called the Tennessee Ancestry Library Event, or TALE.

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State Archivists to Visit Parsons in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: August 1, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Parsons on August 19th 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 Parsons Cultural Life Center/Municipal Building, 535 Tennessee Avenue South, on August 19th from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 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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The Lowdown from the High Court: A Workshop on Tennessee Supreme Court Records Available at the State Library and Archives
(Published: July 31, 2014)

Among the vast amount of information available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Tennessee Supreme Court records make up by far the largest single collection. With individual case files that sometimes include hundreds of pages and stretch over several generations, the entire collection takes up most of an entire floor of TSLA's building.

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New TSLA Digital Collection Documents the World War I Experiences of Two Tennessee Brothers
(Published: July 22, 2014)

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the United States' involvement in World War I, the Tennessee State Library and Archives' (TSLA) newest online collection, the Puryear Family Photograph Albums, tells the story of two brothers from Gallatin who served in the Army Air Service during and after World War I. Comprised of three photograph albums and several loose items and pictures, this collection offers a rare and remarkable visual record of the early history and aircraft of the Army Air Service.

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State Library & Archives Puts Family Bible Records Online
(Published: July 9, 2014)

Visitors to the website of the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) can now access family Bible records previously available only to patrons visiting TSLA's building. Over the past few years, TSLA volunteer Cinamon Collins scanned more than 1,500 family Bible records held at TSLA.

Most of the records were photocopied from privately-held family Bibles and preserved at TSLA by archivists and librarians. A new database on the TSLA website allows researchers to browse these records in their entirety, and a search function will ultimately include all of the thousands of names written in these unique documents.

"I am thrilled that the State Library and Archives and our volunteers have worked to make these resources accessible to all Tennesseans," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "The information recorded in TSLA's collection of Bible records is not only helpful for genealogy, but also a wonderful display of history at a very personal level."

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State Archivists to Visit Pikeville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Pikeville on July 29th 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 Bledsoe County Public Library, 478 Cumberland Avenue, on July 29th from 11:30 a.m. until 5 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 Dunlap in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: July 7, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Dunlap on July 30th 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 Sequatchie County Public Library, 227 Cherry Street, on July 30th from 9 a.m. until 1:30 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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Tennessee Teachers Attend Summer Institute on War of 1812
(Published: June 30, 2014)

Twenty-two Tennessee teachers recently participated in the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) summer teacher institute on "The Forgotten Conflict: Teaching the War of 1812 in Tennessee." The two-day workshop included a history content presentation by Dr. Tom Kanon, TSLA archivist and expert on the War of 1812, living history presentations about the life of a U.S. regular and a Tennessee militia soldier during the War of 1812, close study of primary sources related to the War of 1812, tours of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and more!

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Secretary Hargett Presents Archives Grant Check to Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library
(Published: June 26, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,400 check today to the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library. The grant money will be used to help pay for map storage cabinets needed to store historical documents.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

"I appreciate the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library's commitment to this program," Secretary Hargett said. "These funds will assist in its important work of preserving these records as well as making them available to the broadest possible audience."

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Students from Tellico Plains, Memphis Win Top Honors at National History Day
(Published: June 24, 2014)

General Assembly Two Tennessee students received national honors at the annual National History Day competition that was held last week at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The Legacy Award went to Emma Grace Thompson of Tellico Plains for her film "'Rough in the Bunch': Appalachia's Rayon Girls Fight for the Right to Strike." Emma also received first place in the Senior Individual Documentary category. This is Emma's sixth trip to National History Day and her third national award. Emma recently graduated from the Berean Christian School Independent Study Program. Sharron Thompson is her teacher. As part of the Legacy Award, Emma will travel to Washington, D.C. in April and participate in a roundtable discussion with other young scholars from the different academic disciplines.

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New TSLA exhibit addresses "Emancipation and Reconstruction"
Challenges and Achievements of the 19th Century African-American Legislators
(Published: June 23, 2014)
General Assembly

Officers and Members of the Lower House of
the Forty-Second General Assembly
of Tennessee, 1881.
TSLA Library Photograph Collection.

In November 1872, Tennessee voters elected their first African-American representative to the General Assembly. In all, 14 African Americans, most of them former slaves, were elected to the General Assembly between 1872 and 1896. These African-American legislators represent a significant part of Tennessee state history. They laid the groundwork for the later achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and the legacy of their tireless struggle for equality lives on today.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, opened last Thursday at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The exhibit will continue through the month of August. The public is invited to explore the achievements of these 14 men, their legislative service, and the times in which they lived.

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Secretary Hargett Presents Grant Check to University of Memphis
(Published: June 19, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented a $2,500 check today to the University of Memphis. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with rehousing the university's collection of photographs published by The Commercial Appeal newspaper.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett, Senator Gresham Present Grant Check to Hardeman County Archives
(Published: June 18, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Senator Dolores Gresham presented a $2,400 check today to the Hardeman County Archives. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with purchasing boxes to store archival material.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett, Representative Eldridge Present Grant Check to Madison County Archives
(Published: June 18, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Representative Jimmy Eldridge presented a $2,500 check today to the Madison County Archives. The grant money will be used to help cover the costs associated with a workshop on proper records care for county officials.

The check was awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Secretary Hargett Distributes Funding to Improve Archives at Two Nashville Universities
(Published: June 3, 2014)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett presented grant checks today at two Nashville universities that will be used to improve the archives at those schools. During separate ceremonies at Tennessee State University and Trevecca Nazarene University, Secretary Hargett presented checks of $2,500 each.

The checks are awarded as part of the State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) program, in which the federal government and states provide funding to support the preservation and storage of historical records and to increase public access to those records.

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Next TSLA Workshop: A Retrospective on ‘The Nashville Retrospect’
(Published: May 27, 2014)

Newspapers are sometimes called the first drafts of history. And for the last five years, Allen Forkum has been trying to make sure Nashvillians don’t forget what those first drafts looked like.

Forkum is the editor and publisher of The Nashville Retrospect, a monthly publication that reprints historic articles from Middle Tennessee newspapers, some of which date back 200 years or more. The Nashville Retrospect also features essays by local historians and remembrances from longtime residents.

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State Archivists to Visit Union City in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: May 19, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Union City on June 3rd and 4th 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 Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, on June 3rd from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and June 4th from 9 a.m. until noon. During that time, they invite area residents from Obion, Lake, Weakley and surrounding counties to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists to Visit Livingston in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: May 1, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Livingston on May 15 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 Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, 222 Main Street in Livingston, on May 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 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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Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee Promotes State's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(Published: April 30, 2014)

Ronnie Milsap, who was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, is promoting the Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in a public service announcement that was distributed to radio stations across the state this week.

Milsap has been a patron of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped for many years. The library loans Braille and audiobooks to people who are blind, have visual impairments or cannot read conventional books due to physical disabilities.

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Young Tennessee Historians Advance to National Competition
(Published: April 14, 2014)

Last year, three students from Clarksville and one from Memphis submitted history-themed projects that were judged to be among the country's best at National History Day. This year, a group of 62 students from Tennessee have earned the right to compete for similar national recognition.

Students qualified to compete in this year's National History Day by submitting projects that won first- or second-place medals at Tennessee History Day, which was held Saturday in downtown Nashville. About 450 students in grades six through 12 participated in the statewide competition.

History Day participants enter projects in five different categories: documentaries, exhibits, research papers, web sites and live performances. The projects can be on various historical topics of the students' choosing, provided they relate in some way to the annual theme. This year's theme was "Rights and Responsibilities in History." Ninety students received medals for their efforts, 14 students were awarded special prizes, and two educators were recognized as teachers of the year.

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Learning the Basics for Preserving and Storing Documents
(Published: April 14, 2014)

Preserving important family records will be easier than ever for people who attend the next in the Tennessee State Library and Archives' (TSLA) series of workshops. Carol Roberts, conservation manager in TSLA's Preservation Services Section, will host the workshop on basic cleaning, repair and storage techniques people can use to extend the life of important family papers, collections and scrapbooks.

The workshop will be held Saturday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the TSLA Auditorium. TSLA's building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville.

"This workshop is a great opportunity for people to learn how to take care of family heirlooms," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "It will be time well spent for those who have an interest in maintaining archival collections, but need a little help getting started."

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Students Set to Compete in Tennessee History Day Saturday
(Published: April 10, 2014)

At first blush, College Park, Maryland might not seem like an extremely popular summer destination spot for Tennessee teenagers. Although for those who participate in History Day, it's the place to be: That's where the competition's national finals are held each year during the month of June.

In order to get there, the top competitors from our state must first qualify at Tennessee History Day, which will be held this Saturday at the Legislative Plaza, William R. Snodgrass Tower, and Nashville Public Library in downtown Nashville.

During the daylong event, competitors will be judged based on the quality of projects they have submitted on a variety of history-related themes. Nearly 450 students in grades six through 12 from public, private, and home schools across the state will be participating.

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State Archivists to Visit Sevierville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: April 3, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Sevierville on April 17th 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 King Family Library, 408 High Street in Sevierville, on April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 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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