Humanities Tennessee is pleased to announce the grant awards for the 2012 General Grant Program, which include the following projects:
Civil War at Home: Families Divided, Battles Waged, and Communities Occupied in East Tennessee, sponsored by the East Tennessee Historical Society. The project provides professional development for history teachers concerning the Civil War in East Tennessee. Over the next two summers, teachers will attend workshops and visit local history sites in six areas of the region to explore the experiences of people in the Civil War era, and learn about the local history resources for students.
Emissaries of Peace: Timberlake in the Overhills, 1762-2012 is sponsored by the Fort Loudoun Association. Grant funds will provide a series of nine lecture/discussions about Henry Timberlake, whose 1762 travel among the Overhill Cherokee Nation will be commemorated at Fort Loudoun, June 23-24, 2012. Timberlake was an important chronicler of Cherokee life and culture. In addition to the lecture program, the weekend also features cartographic demonstrations and driving tours of the Cherokee sites in the Overhill. See a schedule of events and learn more about Timberlake’s journey and significance.
Slaves and Slaveholders: The Washingtons of Wessyngton is sponsored by the Tennessee State Museum. The records of the Wessyngton Plantation in Robertson County are among the most intact and comprehensive. The museum will use grant funds to plan an exhibition telling the story of slavery in Tennessee through research and interpretation of these records. The exhibit is slated for February-August, 2014.
Digital Docent is sponsored by Blount Mansion in Knoxville, TN. The project seeks to develop and implement an tablet/smartphone app that will interpret the historic sites from multiple perspectives by sharing stories from a range of people from frontier-era Knoxville. The University of Tennessee's design department students and faculty are partnering with the museum in the app's development.