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Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:00 p.m.
Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson's Journey - Discussion with John Guider and Will Pedigo
In the winter of 1779, a flotilla of flatboats left the banks of Fort Patrick Henry in eastern Tennessee for the Cumberland river valley. Led by a Virginia surveyor named John Donelson, these migrants meant to create a permanent settlement that would become Nashville. Their perilous journey took four months and cost many lives. In 2016, Nashville adventurer and photographer, John Guider, retraced that journey and captured those same rivers through the lens of his camera. His photographs reveal much about human impact on the rivers, as well as a more complete understanding of early Tennessee history. Guider is joined by NPT Executive Producer Will Pedigo for a discussion of Donelson, his journey and the film. Watch the documentary here, and return for the discussion.
Wednesday, May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Bones of My Grandfather, Reclaiming a Tennessee Hero - In his new book, Bones of My Grandfather, Clay Bonnyman Evans tells the remarkable story of his grandfather, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. Killed on Nov. 22, 1943 in the battle of Tarawa and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Bonnyman Jr.’s remains were not recovered until 2015. Evans presents slides and videos of his grandfather’s remarkable life and the incredible efforts to find him and bring him back home to Tennessee for burial.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn: Stories from the Secret City - The Tennessee city of Oak Ridge was established by the US government in 1942 to serve as a home base to the Manhattan Project, and soon after became known as the Secret City. Join Ray Smith, former Oak Ridge Historian to learn about the history and legacy of this fascinating site, through funny and moving stories. Stories from the Secret City will feature its history in photos, video and stories from the Manhattan Project to present day missions.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Tennessee Quilts: Discovery and Indentification - In conjunction with our exhibition, Between the Layers: Art and Story in Tennessee Quilts, this symposium includes lectures from notable quilts experts, including Merikay Waldvogel, Margaret Ordoñez, Ph.D., and Teri Klassen, Ph.D.