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.
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 (2013-2016): Humanities Tennessee toured this bilingual, traveling poster exhibit, exploring the roots of Mexican migrant labor to the United States, across the state from the Fall of 2013 through 2016. The posters were drawn from an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that examined the experiences of bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today’s debates on guest worker programs. Read more about Bittersweet Harvest here.
The Young Historians Series (2014-2015): The Young Historians Series was an event showcasing the award-winning student projects from Tennessee History Day. Read more about the series here.
Museum on Main Street (1999-2012): Humanities Tennessee helped bring seven different Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibits to Tennesseans across the state. A program of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), MoMS develops high quality and mobile humanities exhibitions. We brought these exhibit tour projects to our state and supported educational events at local levels. Read more about MoMS and about all seven MoMS projects here.
Latino Community Initiative (2002): In 2002, Humanities Tennessee conducted a community-based oral history project addressing the state's growing Latino population. Spanish-speaking volunteers conducted oral history interviews with members of the Latino communities regarding their experiences coming to and living in Tennessee. The project produced a bilingual tabloid entitled Este Lugar, Nuestras Palabras/This Place, Our Words that contains excerpts from the oral history interviews, as well as interpretive content that explores the meaning and significance of the stories in a broader context. Download the tabloid and read more about the initiative here.
StoryMapper: With the enthusiastic participation of the city of Elkton, Tennessee, Storymapper was created as a digital collection of photographs, oral histories, and cultural commentary embedded within a virtual driving tour of the rural communities of Southern Giles County, Tennessee. You can view the results of the work here.
Muslim Journeys: Points of View was a five-part book discussion series focused on literature by/about individuals of Muslim-majority nations, which took place in Nashville and Knoxville. You can read more about the project here.
Making Sense of the American Civil War (2012-2013) was a scholar-led reading and discussion program that occurred at four libraries across the state in 2012-2013. Each library hosted a five-part series of conversations that explored the significance and meaning of the war to Tennesseans today. You can read more about the project here.