Summer 2017 Lunch & Learn Speaker Series

Our Lunch & Learn series is just what it says — a chance for participants to eat lunch while learning something about Tennessee history at the same time. Whether you bring your lunch in a brown bag or grab a sandwich from a nearby shop, bring it to the museum and enjoy an interesting talk while you eat. The event will last about 30 minutes.

All of the programs are FREE to the public and will take place on Level B of the State Museum in front of the stage. 
Thursday, July 20, 12:15 p.m.
Wartime Casualties at Home: How Nationalization of the Railways During WWI Led to the Deadliest Train Crash in U.S. History by Betsy Thorpe, Local Historian
 
On July 9, 1918, two steam locomotives collided head-on in a cornfield at the edge of Nashville, taking the lives of more than 100 people and injuring at least 300 others.

In this presentation, Betsy Thorpe, author of The Day the Whistles Cried, will explore the backdrop of wartime urgency and human error that helped cause this tragic disaster. She will also focus on how the racial and societal divisions of the early 20th century helped decide who would perish and who would survive the deadly train wreck at Dutchman’s Curve.
 
Image: The deadly train wreck took the lives of more than 100 people and injured at least 300 others. Image courtesy of Tennessee State Library & Archives.
Thursday, August 17, 12:15 p.m.
Tennessee’s Total Solar Eclipse:  How, Why, and What to Expect by Dr. William Teets, Astronomer at the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
 
Vanderbilt Astronomer Dr. William Teets will speak on the total solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21. In this presentation, he will discuss how a solar eclipse happens, why this is such a rare occurrence, and what we can expect. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an astronomer all about the total solar eclipse coming to Tennessee’s sky.
 
Image: Total solar eclipse of March 9, 1997. Image captured in Chita, Russia. Image source: Creative Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120
FREE ADMISSION
 
Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.
(615) 741-2692
TOLL-FREE: 800-407-4324
museuminfo@tnmuseum.org

 

 

 

 
 
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