Programs Spring 2019

THS Spring 2019 Membership Programs Continue

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

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
Kelly 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
5:30 pm
Fort Negley Visitor Center
1100 Fort Negley Blvd
Nashville, TN 37203

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.