Community History Program

The Tennessee Community History program provides community-based educational programs about the history and cultural life of Tennessee communities in the context of the history and cultural life of our nation and our world. The goal of the program is to build stronger Tennessee communities, enriched by an understanding of the past and the cultural lives of the peoples who share these communities. The goal of the program is achieved through several projects.

About the Community History Program

The Tennessee Community History program provides community-based educational programs about the history and cultural life of Tennessee communities in the context of the history and cultural life of our nation and our world. The goal of the program is to build stronger Tennessee communities, enriched by an understanding of the past and the cultural lives of the peoples who share these communities. Read more ...

Development Fund

Designed to assist emerging history and cultural institutions develop long-term growth and sustainability, the Fund provides partner organizations financial support in the various phases of its work bringing the humanities to the public. Read more..

Media Lending Library

Humanities Tennessee has created a lending library of award-winning video documentaries dealing with a broad range of topics on Southern history and culture. Videos are available free of charge to any non-profit, school, or community group in Tennessee. Read more...

Featured Selection from Our Media Lending Library

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

This landmark four-part series explores segregation from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Lynchings and beatings by night. Demeaning treatment by day. And a life of crushing subordination for Southern blacks that was maintained by white supremacist laws and customs known as "Jim Crow."

1. Promises Betrayed: The premiere episode begins with the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction, periods that held so much promise for free black men and women. But as the North gradually withdrew its support for black aspirations for land, civil and political rights, and legal due process, Southern whites succeeded in passing laws that segregated and disfranchised African Americans, laws that were reinforced with violence and terror tactics.

2. Fighting Back: The second episode explores the dramatic rise of a successful black middle class and the determination of white supremacists to destroy this fledgling black political power. Through the efforts of men and women like educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown, African Americans continued to move forward.

3. Don't Shout Too Soon: Episode 3 chronicles the years between World Wars I and II, a time of increased mob violence, lynchings, and massacres of blacks. White supremacy was kept in place by terrorism,but three men, each part of the fledgling NAACP, led campaigns to confront these threats.

4. Terror and Triumph: The final episode, "Terror and Triumph," examines the surge of black activism that took place after World War II. Prolonged legal battles led to Supreme Court decisions that opened doors and restored voting rights for blacks. The battle for freedom, dignity, and opportunity throughout America continued through the '50s and '60s -- and in many respects, continues today.

 

Civil War, Civil Rights, Civil Discourse

Humanities Tennessee presents Civil War, Civil Rights, Civil Discourse, a multi-format project occurring across the state. Drop in for our reading discussion series, Making Sense of the American Civil War, at a library near you. Book a scholar from our Conversations Bureau to lead a discussion in your community. Screen a documentary from our library of award-winning films. Catch a glimpse of our special roster of authors at the 2012 Southern Festival of Books whose works center around the Age of Emancipation. All of these programs are part of our latest initiative.

News / Announcements

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Museum on Main Street

This program brings traveling Smithsonian exhibitions to small or emerging museums throughout the state. Our upcoming exhibit, The Way We Worked, opens in September, 2011. Read more ...

 

Tennessee Association of Museums Scholarships

Since 2003, Humanities Tennessee has offered a scholarship program for the Tennessee Association of Museums' (TAM) annual conference held every March. This initiative stems from our commitment to provide opportunities for professional and organizational development of Tennessee's museums and their humanities programming. Find out more about the TAM Scholarship Program ...