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The Tennessee State Library and Archives launched Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War, a major effort to collect digital records of how World War I affected Tennesseans. Archivists travel throughout the state to digitally scan and photograph documents, maps, photographs, uniforms and other artifacts related to World War I that are owned by private citizens.
The next event will be held at the Morton Museum of Collierville History, located at 196 Main Street near the Collierville town square. Items will be digitally recorded from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. March 1. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from the owners but will provide tips on how to care for these rare treasures.
People living in West Tennessee are encouraged to bring in letters, photographs, diaries, military records, maps, sketches, weapons, uniforms and other items related to the war. All items must be original (no photocopies or reproductions) and owned by the person bringing them to the event.
Civil War Author John Scales will be at the Mid-South Military History and Civil War Show signing copies of his new released book, "The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest."
Middle Tenn Gen Soc - Regular Meeting
Andrew Jackson’s Kinship Networks
with Mark Cheathem, Ph.D., Professor of History, Cumberland University, Lebanon
During his lifetime, Andrew Jackson enjoyed several types of kinship networks that benefitted him both personally and professionally. These networks included his genetic kin in South Carolina, his marital kin in Nashville, and his fictive kin in the U.S. Army. Dr. Cheathem will look at each type of network and explain how each one was crucial to making Jackson the man that we now know.
Dr. Cheathem earned his Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University. He is the author or editor of six books, including Andrew Jackson, Southerner, which won the 2013 Tennessee History Book Award. Mark is also director of the new Papers of Martin Van Buren project at Cumberland University.
The meeting is open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the program.
for more information, click on the following link: MTGS
Historic Travellers Rest will open to the public with an event focused on antebellum African American history. The event, entitled, Giving Place to the Unrepresented and Misrepresented: Finding African Americans in the Historic Record will include tours describing the roles of African Americans in a plantation house, grounds tours focused on how farm landscapes were shaped by enslaved labor, tours of the exhibit A Past Uncovered: The Story of the Enslaved People of Travellers Rest, and presentations by staff from the Metro Archives on researching African American genealogy.
The house tour is ticketed ($15 adults, $10 for youth ages 10-15) and is offered by reservation only. (It is not suggested for children under the age of 10.) All other offerings that day are free to the public. Doors will open at 12:30 with programming beginning at 1:00. The event concludes at 4:00 p.m. To register for the house tours, go to www.historictravellersrest.org
Shelby County History Festival
Hosted by Davies Manor Plantation
The Annual Shelby County History Festival, which is held each year to mark the opening of the tour season at Davies Manor. Admission is free.
Further information to follow.
Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society - Spring Seminar
Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG
British and New England Resources and Strategies. The program includes four presentations: Scotland Research Strategies, England, the Quest for English Ancestors, Wales Online Resources, and New England Ancestors.
For more information, see TVGS Spring Seminar
Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society - Regular Membership Meeting
Program: The Worst Court House Ever: Finding Treasure in the National Archives?
Bob Davis of Wallace State will speak on the possibilities for research in the National Archives to include guides to research, facilities, types of Federal records which include census, Indian, biographical, Federal court, regular army enlistments 1798-1914, etc.
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Program: Genealogy Antique Roadshow.
Dr. George Marchelos, a certified appraiser of personal and estate property, antiques and collectibles, will provide informal appraisals of 1 or 2 items that attendees bring to the meeting.
For more information, click on the following link: TVGS