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Holiday Office Closures
(Published: December 18, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 25 in celebration of the Christmas holiday. The office will reopen Friday, Dec. 26.

The office will also be closed Wednesday, Dec. 31 and Thursday, Jan. 1 in celebration of the New Year's holiday. The office will reopen Friday, Jan. 2.

If you have business with any of the office's operating divisions, please plan accordingly.

Happy holidays!

 

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State Archivists to Visit Rogersville in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Rogersville Dec.3 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Hawkins County Archives, 951 East McKinney Ave., Suite A, that day from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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State Archivists Visit Elizabethton in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: November 20, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Elizabethton Dec. 4 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library, 210 North Sycamore Street in Elizabethton, that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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Holiday Closures for Secretary of State's Office
(Published: November 13, 2014)

In celebration of the Thanksgiving and the Columbus Day holidays, the Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. (Gov. Bill Haslam used his executive authority to designate that the state holiday for Columbus Day be moved to Nov. 28.) The Tennessee State Library and Archives will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. The Secretary of State's other divisions will reopen on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 a.m.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Make a “County Connection” the Saturday after Thanksgiving on “Family History Day”
(Published: November 10, 2014)

The Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many of us spend time reconnecting with family members and sharing family stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived many years ago.

For the fourth consecutive year, the staff at TSLA is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate 'Family History Day' by learning more about genealogical research.

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Tennessee State Library and Archives Releases a New Digital Collection Showcasing Tennessee Folklife
(Published: November 5, 2014)

What do roley hole marbles, white oak baskets, shape-note singing, and banjoes have in common? All are examples of Tennessee folk culture or "folkways" available online in the Tennessee State Library and Archives’ newest digital collection: "Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project Collection, 1979-1984." The collection documents folk culture unique to Tennessee and highlights Tennessee's significant contributions to national studies of folklife.

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State Library and Archives Premieres Video on State Senator Douglas Henry, Tennessee's Longest-Serving Legislator
(Published: October 31, 2014)

He's been called a statesman, a fiscal expert and a champion of the less fortunate. Now State Senator Douglas Henry's life has been chronicled in a new documentary produced by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The video, which has a running time of just under 30 minutes, is narrated by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. It covers some of the highlights of Henry's career and includes remarks from people who worked with him through the years.

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Secretary of State's Office Closed for Veterans Day Holiday
(Published: October 28, 2014)

The Secretary of State's office and all of its operating divisions will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you have business with the office, please plan accordingly.

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State Archivists to Visit Franklin in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: October 27, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Franklin Nov. 13 and  Nov.14 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee."

Archivists will be at the Williamson County Archives, 611 West Main Street in Franklin, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, some of which will be featured in the exhibit, located online at www.tncivilwar150.org. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.

Individuals may call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Reservation forms and available times may be found on the State Library and Archives' section of the Office of the Secretary of

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Tennessee State Library & Archives Partners with Ancestry.com to Provide Free Resources to Schools
(Published: October 7, 2014)

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has been a partner with online genealogy giant Ancestry.com for several years, digitizing many of Tennessee’s historical records. Now, according to State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, that partnership is being extended so that Tennessee will be the first state to offer access to Ancestry.com in every K-12 school classroom.

Teachers like Ben Bowers, who teaches history at Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, are excited. “My students learn best from hands-on experience with historical documents. For example, being able to study an immigrant passenger list, instead of just reading about immigration in their textbook, really brings history to life for them.”

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Half Marathon Could Cause Traffic Issues Around State Library and Archives Saturday
(Published: September 25, 2014)

The Women's Running Half Marathon + 5K will be held along a route that includes downtown Nashville Saturday morning. To accommodate the runners, there will be road closures that could affect patrons trying to visit the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The State Library and Archives will be open during its normal Saturday hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The road closures will affect various parts of the half marathon route between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the road closures, go to:

http://cdn.womensrunning.competitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Alternate-Access-Routes-rev-9-6-122.pdf


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State Library and Archives' Next Workshop: "Creating Order in the Midst of Chaos: Union Provost Marshal Records"
(Published: September 24, 2014)

The Civil War was a chaotic time in our nation's history when normal societal rules didn't always apply. Soldiers and civilians alike sometimes took advantage of the uncertainty around them by breaking laws and upsetting the social order. In the territories held by the Union army, provost marshals served as a check against such activities. The provost marshals, who functioned as military police during the Civil War, also kept records of their work that can be valuable resources for genealogists and historians who want to know more about what life was like during that turbulent era.

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New TSLA Exhibit Explores the Civil War in Tennessee in 1864
(Published: September 22, 2014)
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Brothers Cpl. Jesse Mercer Pirkle and
1st Sgt. Elijah Jefferson Pirkle
served in Co. G, 3rd Tenn. Cav., USA
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1864 would prove to be the decisive year of the Civil War. Despite Union victories at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga the previous year, northern citizens were growing war-weary. The mounting lists of dead and wounded made many wonder if the South should finally be allowed its independence.

Geographically situated between the midwestern states and the deep South, Tennessee was to be the major battleground in the western theater. The Mississippi, Tennessee, and Cumberland Rivers, combined with numerous rail lines which crossed the state, made Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville of strategic importance to both Union and Confederate forces.

A new exhibit, with 16 panels full of images and information on this fascinating period in our history, recently opened at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. It explores the role Tennessee played as a transportation and supply hub, the experiences and contributions of African-Americans, and key battles at Johnsonville, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Spring Hill, Columbia, Franklin and Nashville.

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State Archivists Visit Kimball in Search of Civil War Memorabilia
(Published: September 18, 2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be in Kimball on Oct. 8 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for an exhibit titled “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee.”

Archivists will be at the Kimball Municipal Building, 649 Main Street in Kimball, on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.

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