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Community History Program

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Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon

Barn Again! gave exhibition visitors new ways to consider a familiar icon. Using farm architecture and its adaptations, the exhibition explored agricultural changes and major movements in American history such as 19th century European immigration, westward migration, and the rise of large-scale, industrial farming in the 20th century. Panels, photographs, and artifacts, including an architectural scale model of an English barn, examples of nails, roofing and a mortise and tenon joint illustrate this agricultural history.

Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945

Using the popular appeal of Madison Avenue advertising and the Hollywood look, World War II posters urged every American on the home front to be a production soldier in the effort to win World War II. They encouraged citizens to boost production in the factories and to save and sacrifice in the home. The populace received a daily dose of propaganda through the bold graphics of the posters that hung on factory walls, offices, and grocery store windows throughout the country.

Key Ingredients: Tennessee by Food

Key Ingredients: America by Food is a provocative and thoughtful look at the historical, regional, and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations. Through a selection of artifacts, photographs, and illustrations, Key Ingredients provides a lively cultural history in which food and food traditions are used to explore cultural settlement and expansion, regional identity, immigration, social change, and community life.

Past Projects

Decades of work bringing humanities programming to Tennesseans across the state lead to a varied collection of past projects we've undertaken and rich content associated with them. Here is a glimpse of some of our past projects, for your perusal. 

Robert Penn Warren Center partners with Humanities Tennessee

Humanities Tennessee and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt have a long history of successful collaborations. We have done a number of programs together over the years, including a series of public lectures, coordinating meetings of public humanities personnel in the region, and programming around joint invitations to various chairs of the National Endowment for the Humanities to visit our region.  

Event Dates: April 4, 2013

Part five of the series, War and Freedom, will occur Thursday, April 4th, 6:00pm, at the Morristown Hamblen Public Library, and is facilitated by Dr. Nancy Schurr.  Part five focuses on emancipation and the experience of African Americans at the war's end, featuring excerpts from Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Walker, Leon Litwack and more.

Event Dates: March 28, 2013

Part five of the series, War and Freedom, will occur Thursday, March 28th, 6:00pm, at the Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library in Memphis, and is facilitated by Dr. Tim Huebner.  Part five focuses on emancipation and the experience of African Americans at the war's end, featuring excerpts from Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Walker, Leon Litwack and more.

Event Dates: March 19, 2013

Part five of the series, War and Freedom, will occur Tuesday, March 19th, 6:00pm, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library, and is facilitated by Dr. Richard Gildrie.  Part five focuses on emancipation and the experience of African Americans at the war's end, featuring excerpts from Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Walker, Leon Litwack and more.

Event Dates: March 21, 2013

Part four of the series, "The Shape of War," will occur Thursday, March 21, at 6:00pm at the Morristown Hamblen Public Library and is facilitated by Dr. Nancy Schurr. The fourth discussion is devoted to the book Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam, by James M. McPherson.

Event Dates: March 14, 2013

Part four of the series, "The Shape of War," will occur Thursday, March 14, at 6:00pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, and is facilitated by Dr. Tim Huebner. The fourth discussion is devoted to the book Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam, by James M. McPherson.

Event Dates: March 5, 2013

Part four of the series, "The Shape of War," will occur Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00pm at the Clarksville Montgomery County Public Library, and is facilitated by Dr. Richard Gildrie.  The fourth discussion is devoted to the book Crossroad of Freedom: Antietam, by James M. McPherson.

Event Dates: March 7, 2013

Part three in the series,"Making Sense of the War," will occur Thursday, March 7, at the Morristown Hamblen Public Library at 6:00pm, and is facilitated by Nancy Schurr. The third discussion includes excerpts from Amborse Bierce, Ulysses Grant, Shelby Foote, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

Event Dates: January 10, 2013

This scholar-led reading and discussion program kicks off in Memphis on January 10 at 6 p.m., at the Memphis Public Library. Facilitator Dr. Tim Huebner, Department of History, Rhodes College, will lead the discussion.

Event Dates: November 13, 2012

This scholar-led reading and discussion program continues in Chattanooga on November 13, at the Chattanooga Public Library. Facilitator, Linda Moss Mines, Department of History, Girls' Preparatory School and Hamilton County Historian, will lead the discussion.