Programs

THS Spring 2019 Membership Program Series

You are invited to join the Tennessee Historical Society at its spring membership programs.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
5:30 pm
Fort Negley Visitor Center
1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk
Professor Amy S. Greenberg, Pennsylvania State University

Although the name Sarah Childress Polk is familiar to Tennesseans, her story deserves a closer look. Professor Amy S. Greenberg will discuss her research into Polk’s life, which spanned much of the 19th century. Polk exercised extraordinary power as First Lady, shaping policy on westward expansion, and became the guardian of her husband’s legacy. Lady First is a revelation of Sarah Polk’s complex but essential part in American feminism. Books will be available.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
5:30 pm
Fort Negley Visitor Center
1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203

Building Powder City: Old Hickory Village, Tennessee
Professor Tara Mitchell Mielnik, Cumberland University

In 1918, DuPont Engineering Company and the federal government jointly built Old Hickory, billed as the “World’s Greatest Powder Plant.” The munitions factory and surrounding village of Jacksonville employed as many as 35,000 to 56,000 at their peak. After World War I, the property was renamed Old Hickory. Professor Mielnik will discuss her research into the history of Old Hickory.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:30 pm
Fort Negley Visitor Center
1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203

Tennessee’s African American Travel and Tourist Establishments:
The Negro Motorist Green Book, 1938-1963
Kelli Gibson, TRC Environmental Corporation

The Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans in the era of segregation, was published annually from the late 1930s until 1960. African Americans depended upon The Green Book to safely navigate Jim Crow America. Kelli Gibson, working with staff members at the Center for Historic Preservation, identified and mapped surviving Tennessee sites. Gibson’s talk will feature extant buildings and discuss the methodology in creating an interactive online map.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Annual THS Membership Address

Athens of the New South:
College Life and the Making of Modern Nashville
Mary Ellen Pethel, PhD
Harpeth Hall School and Belmont University

Long before the national media dubbed Nashville an America “It City,” the city gained renown as the “Athens of the South.” Mary Ellen Pethel will look at the blossoming of higher education after the Civil War into the 1930s – schools such as Vanderbilt, Peabody, Fisk, Roger Williams, Belmont, Lipscomb, Trevecca, and many more. Some flourished and some failed, but Nashville ultimately has been distinguished by the quality of its schools as much as the quantity. Learn how they helped lay the foundation of the current “It City.”

Reservations for the programs may be made by emailing the THS or by calling 615-741-8934.