Adelicia Acklen and Belmont Mansion Program Series
September 2017


THS Fall 2017 Membership Program Series

September 20, 2017
5:30 p.m.

Fort Negley Visitor Center

1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville


“Nashville Baseball”
Skip Nipper


In late September, pennant races heat up as the temperatures cool down. Join the THS as Skip Nipper recounts fascinating tales of Nashville baseball. Nashville, Tennessee’s first professional baseball team was organized in 1885, but the city’s baseball roots can be traced to 1862, as Union soldiers camped along the Cumberland River taught the Northern game to the citizens. The Seraphs, Blues, Tigers, Americans, and Volunteers made their home in Athletic Park, later renamed Sulphur Dell by Grantland Rice during his tenure as a local sportswriter. Including the Negro League Elite Giants and a two-year existence by the Nashville Xpress in the 1990s, “Nashville Baseball” traces those roots from the early teams to First Tennessee Stadium and the Nashville Sounds.


Skip Nipper is author of Baseball in Nashville (2007, Arcadia Publishing), serves as secretary of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association, is a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research), and is leader of SABR’s Grantland Rice-Fred Russell (Nashville) chapter. He blogs about baseball at 262 Down Right: Stories of Sulphur Dell and Nashville Baseball.

October 18, 2017

5:30 PM

Fort Negley Visitor Center


THS Special Membership Meeting & Program

East Tennessee Bridge Burners

Tennessee History Day Documentary Showcase

Richard White, Moderator

Civil War Curator, Tennessee State Museum


Tennessee History Day students produce documentaries that rival Ken Burns. Join us for the screening of two prize-winning documentaries on the East Tennessee bridge burners of the Civil War. After a brief talk, the documentaries, “Dissidents of Rebellion” and “Lincolnites Taking a Stand,” will share little known information about these acts of guerrilla warfare as Unionists resisted the Confederate occupation of East Tennessee.


The program will be preceded by a brief special meeting of the THS membership, the purpose of which is to vote on a restated and amended Charter for the Tennessee Historical Society. If you are currently an enrolled, dues-paying member of the THS and would like a copy of the Charter in advance of the meeting, please contact the THS office.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

10:30 a.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

Fort Negley Visitor Center


Jenkins of Mexico

Andrew Paxman

Division de Historia, CIDE, Mexico City



In the city of Puebla there lived an American who made himself into the richest man in Mexico. Driven by a steely desire to prove himself — first to his wife’s family, then to Mexican elites — William O. Jenkins (1878-1963) rose from humble origins in Shelbyville, Tennessee, to build a business empire in a country energized by industrialization and revolutionary change, becoming Mexico’s wealthiest industrialist. In Jenkins of Mexico, Andrew Paxman presents the first biography of this larger-than-life personality.

November 8, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Fort Negley Vistitor Center

150 Years Along Harding Pike

Ridley Wills, Author


Back by popular demand, Ridley Wills will share stories about the characters and events along Nashville’s Harding Pike. His latest book, Volume 3 of his Nashville Pikes series, documents the complex and fascinating history of this major thoroughfare, from its origins as West End to the Warner Parks. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, just in time for the holidays.