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The Tennessee State Museum hosts a wide range of FREE, fascinating events and educational programs throughout the year. Advance reservations are not required, unless indicated on the listing. For seated events, seats are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday commemorates a moment of shared survival between two often oppositional cultures, celebrating their cooperation and companionship, and signally hope for the future. It represents a mythical moment of camaraderie in an otherwise tangled and tumultuous past. But what happens when we really examine the truth of that story, and reveal the inaccuracies in that legend? How do we reconcile the U.S.’s long history of violence and erasure towards indigenous Americans, and still celebrate this beloved holiday?
Amanda Lee Savage is an instructor of early American and Native American history at the University of Memphis, and an academic advisor for the Department of History. She received her M.A. in History from The College of William and Mary. During her time in Memphis she’s delivered numerous talks on indigenous issues in American culture, including the legacy of Christopher Columbus, Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears, and the complicated history of Thanksgiving in the United States.
Please note: Visitors are invited to bring their lunch. No food will be served. This is a free event that does not require reservations. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.