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General Grant Program

Event Dates: February 19, 2016

As part of Black History Month and the Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866 project, Dr. Susan O'Donovan will present "Reconstruction: The Untold Story" at the University of Memphis (Mitchell Hall, Room 200) on Feb. 19th. This pizza luncheon event is free and open to the public.

Event Dates: February 19, 2016

Join the Geneva Miller Historical Society as they welcome Dr. Bobby Lovett, retired History Professor, TSU, for a public discussion on the intersection of military services and racial equality.

Friday, February 19, 6pm-8pm, Fredonia Baptist Church, Stanton, TN.

The event is the fourth in a six-part series, "Let's Talk About War," funded partially by a grant from Humanities Tennessee.

Event Dates: November 21, 2015

The third in a six-part series of programs, "Let's Talk About War," this event features the personal recollections of veterans, and explores what can be learned from them.  Facilitators include documentarian Ms. Henri Giles and Mr. John Ashworth. 

Saturday, November 21, 2pm-4pm, Delta Heritage Center, Brownsville, TN.

The series is sponsored by the Geneva Miller Historical Society and partly funded by a grant from Humanities Tennessee.
 

 

Event Dates: September 26, 2015

Find registration and program information here

Event Dates: October 2, 2015

The second in the "Let's Talk About War" public discussion series takes place at the Temple Adas Israel in Brownsville on October 2nd and features historian/author Dr. Beverly Bond. The series is sponsored by the Geneva Miller Historical Society and is supported by a grant from Humanities Tennessee. 

Event Dates: September 12, 2015

What is War? Join the Geneva Miller Historical Society for the first in a seven-part discussion series, "Let's Talk About War." The discussion will take place at the Chamber of Commerce in Brownsville. 

Scholars will make presentations and engage the audience in the examination of the nature of war and its alternatives, as well as to further the understanding and interpretation of war and the changes it brings. 

Event Dates: September 9, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Sponsored by Literacy Mid-South, the four-day Mid-South Book Festival will be held at the Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, September 9-13. 

Supported by a grant from Humanities Tennessee. 

Event Dates: August 28, 2015 - June 12, 2016

Mid-South Book Festival

Literacy Mid-South
Memphis
$5,000

 

Mid-South Book Festival is Memphis's premier celebration of literary arts.The festival plays a major role in Literacy Mid-South's mission to create a community actively engaged in continuous learning.   THe festival takes place September 9-13, 2015, at the Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse.

 

Mid-South Book Festival is Memphis's premier celebration of literary arts.

Free and open to the public, this multi-day cultural festival features presentations from best-selling authors, stimulating speaker panels, writing workshops, book signings, readings, children's activities, performances, and more. 

 

The festival will be held September 10-13, 2015.

"Chipping Away:" The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson

International Documentary Association
Nashville
$20,000

 

This documentary film will explore the life, legacy, and art of Nashville sculptor William Edmondson.

 

This documentary film will explore the life, legacy, and art of Nashville sculptor William Edmondson.

The first African-American to earn a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1937, the film will examine Edmondson's life and work against the backdrop of the social, cultural, and racial upheavals of the first half of the Twentieth Century. 

The film will premiere in late 2016.

Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation Traveling Exhibit

Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School
Nashville
$2,800

 

The school will bring the Tennessee State Museum's traveling exhibit "Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation" to this unique venue in North Nashville.

 

The school will bring the Tennessee State Museum's traveling exhibit "Slaves and Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation" to this unique venue in North Nashville.

The exhibit will provide an opportunity for students and residents of North Nashville to learn about a difficult chapter in Tennessee's past, as well as how family stories, artifacts, and geography play a role in creating and understanding history. The exhibit opens in April of 2016. 

Reinterpreting Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
Manchester
$8,026

 

This project will modernize the permanent exhibit at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, a site last interpreted in the early 1980's. The exhibit will explore the culture and society of the earliest inhabitants, the origins of the site's earthworks, and the history of the site through the present day.  The exhibit is set to open in June, 2016.

 

This project will modernize the permanent exhibit at Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, a site last interpreted in the early 1980's.

Using state-of-the-art geospatial analysis and modern anthropological understanding, a team of scholars will modernize the park's permanent exhibit, providing a contemporary educational experience for the park's 200,000 visitors every year.

Let's Talk About War

Geneva Miller Historical Society
Brownsville
$7,980

 

This discussion series invites participants to consider the nature of war from a range of angles, including its aftermath, its justification, its impact an various groups of people, and more.  Each event is led by a regional or national scholar, and occur in various locations in the Brownsville area, September 2015-April 2016.

 

This project presents a monthly series of six public conversations, beginning in September of 2015, considering war and its aftermath.

Scholars will make presentations bearing on waging war and engage the audience in the examination of the nature of war and consideration of alternatives, as well as to further the understanding and interpretation of war and the changes it brings.

Flyin' Saucers Rock and Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville
$4000

 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will create a new feature exhibition, co-curated by Peter Guralnick, exploring the career of Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records in Memphis.  The exhibit runs August 15th, 2015-June 30, 2016.

 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will create a new feature exhibition, co-curated by Peter Guralnick, exploring the career of Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records in Memphis.

The exhibit, opening on August 15th, 2016, will be supported by extensive programming, including a catalog, public events, and educational programming with the support of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

"Sharp as a Steel Trap:" A Documentary Film on Ida B. Wells and the City of Memphis

Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change / The University of Memphis
Memphis
$10,000

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will produce a documentary film based on the life of a young Ida B. Wells, her experience in the city of Memphis, and her campaign against the practice of lynching in the United States. 

 

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will produce a documentary film based on the life of a young Ida B. Wells, her experience in the city of Memphis, and her campaign against the practice of lynching in the United States. 

The documentary will examine her activism in order to provide a greater understanding of how some issues regarding race in our nation have changed over time, while other issues appear inextricable and thus requiring a greater commitment from our citizens to obtain equality.