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Dear Friend,

“We are putting our finger on something that will provide us a broader and deeper understanding of women. The hope is that through this process people will realize the importance and historical significance of women in their own families and communities.”

Dr. Noelle Trent of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis recently wrote these words in reference to a new effort that digitizes family and local history items related to African American women’s political activity in Tennessee. The program, sponsored by Humanities Tennessee, is part of a statewide, multi-year initiative calledMarch to the 19th, spearheaded by Chick History, Inc.,to uncover and preserve women’s history in our state as we near the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. The recent digitization workshops yielded a new archive of dozens of items, including interviews with several African American women in their mid-nineties, that will now be accessible as a vital chapter in Tennessee’s rich history.

This is the work we do at Humanities Tennessee: we engage with local communities to celebrate and illuminate our stories. In 2017, our grants and programs, like the March to the 19th project, promoted our history, supported community organizations, engaged Tennesseans in conversation, and encouraged reading, writing, and lifelong learning. From sending the Smithsonian exhibit Water|Ways to state parks in every corner of the state, to supporting a documentary film on Vietnam veterans in East Tennessee, to hosting the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, Humanities Tennessee’s activities this year have engaged hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in discovering and being a part of our stories.

This is all made possible by your support.

In the coming year we aim to reach even more Tennesseans and continue strengthening communities statewide. Please consider making a generous year-end gift in support of the humanities. Your support ensures that local histories—like those uncovered and recorded by March to the 19th—are included in the story of our state.  



Tim Henderson
Executive Director, Humanities Tennessee

P.S. If you have already sent in your tax-deductible year-end gift, I wholeheartedly THANK YOU.