Two fourth grade students proudly showing off their new TN History for Kids booklets


Most public school students in Tennessee have no Tennessee history book, even though students in about half of the grades are required to learn parts of the subject every school year.

Because of this, it is more important than ever that students have a place to go for information on Tennessee history.

Tennessee History for Kids was organized in 2004 for the purpose of improving this situation. Step one was to research, write, and produce this web site. Since that time we have expanded our services to include email alerts, posters, videos, teacher training and Tennessee history “text-booklets” that students use in class.


About 8,000 teachers use the Tennessee History for Kids website and videos in class.

About 600 teachers use our booklets, which range from a first-grade basic social studies booklet to an 11th grade 20th century Tennessee history booklet. Some teachers use the booklets individually, while some school systems (Williamson County; Murfreesboro City; Sumner County; Weakley County; Cumberland County; Sevier County, and others) purchase them for all their teachers.

A THFK event at the Memphis Cotton Exchange in July 2021

Throughout the school year, TN History for Kids produces after school Zoom Inservices on topics that are in the social studies standards — from the Battle of Kings Mountain to slavery in Tennessee to the Manhattan Project to the Civil Rights Movement. Attendance at these events ranges from 25 to more than 100.

Also throughout the school year, TN History for Kids executive director Bill Carey does day-long “open house” events for individual classes. On September 18, 2023, more than eight THOUSAND students attended one of these events.

A THFK event at the Rhea County Courthouse in July 2022

Every summer, TN History for Kids organizes and produces all-day retreats for teachers at various locations throughout the state. Among the locations where we have hosted such events are the State Capitol, Discovery Park of America, the Memphis Cotton Exchange, the Hermitage, the National Medal of Honor Museum, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of Appalachia, the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Rhea County Courthouse, and Norris Dam.


Tennessee History for Kids receives revenue from the state of Tennessee, from teachers who use our booklets, and from private sector sponsors.

Our current sponsors include:

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

TVA officials give an “insiders” tour of Norris Dam at a THFK event in July 2023

Tennessee Valley Authority




The Tennessee Electrical Cooperative Association. TECA publishes Tennessee Magazine, which is why TN History for Kids founder Bill Carey writes a monthly history column for Tennessee Magazine. 

Tennessee History for Kids’ mailing address is: P.O. Box 210524, Nashville, TN 37221.

The founder and executive director of Tennessee History for Kids is Bill Carey. To read his Magazine columns, click here.

The TN History for Kids board consists of:

  • Christina Brumleve, teacher at Percy Priest Elementary School in Nashville
  • David Callis (board president) executive vice president of the TN Electric Cooperative Association
  • Rep. Karen Camper, businesswoman and Tennessee state representative
  • Will Cheek, attorney with Bone McAllester Norton
  • Meredith Libbey, communications manager with Ford Motor Credit Company
  • Mark Maddox, technology coordinator for Weakley County Schools and former Tennessee state representative
  • Justin Maierhofer, regional Vice President, TVA.
  • Carol McCoy (board treasurer), former chancellor for the Davidson County Chancery Court
  • Rep. Steve McDaniel, businessman and Tennessee state representative
  • Ron Ramsey, businessman and former Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee
  • Rep. Sam Whitson, retired military officer and Tennessee state representative
  • Tracy Woodard, director of government affairs for Nissan North American
  • Ed Fishbough, vice president of communications for HCA
  • Bill Carey (board secretary), executive director of Tennessee History for Kids