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TN History for Kids tent revival

Don't miss the FOURTH annual Tennessee History for Kids summer tent revival.

This year's event will be held Monday, July 23, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m., at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park in Knoxville.

The event is open to the public, but it is primarily set up to help public school social studies presenters cover the social studies standards. It will feature some of the most accurate, charismatic and entertaining presenters ever assembled in Tennessee. You must register in advance. Registration is only $40 per person, and is heavily subsidized by Tennessee History for Kids.

Click here for a registration form, here for the program, and here for the detailed schedule of presenters. Click here for directions to the venue.

Here are some of the presenters lined up for this great event:

Tim Naeleigh


* Tim Nealeigh, who (in his "Irish linen worker" persona) will demonstrate and explain some of the very equipment which led to the industrial revolution in Europe and America. His performance as the Irish linen worker will have you in stitches--but you will still want to take notes!


Jack Neely


* Knoxville historian and longtime Knoxville area columnist Jack Neely, who will speak on early Knoxville and (separate presentation) on the history of Knoxville's music


Bob Booker



* Knoxville historian Bob Booker, who will discuss East Tennessee's African-American history




Sherry and Mark Finchum



* Mark and Sherry Finchum of Indian Creek Productions, who will discuss Cherokee culture and (separate presentation) the Trail of Tears






Barry Thacker (in hat) along with a group from last year's event



* Barry Thacker and Carol Moore of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, who will explain the Coal Creek Wars

Lisa Oakley




* Lisa Oakley of the East Tennessee Historical Society on Tennessee's Suffrage Movement and (separate presentation) on Secession and Union in Tennessee.




Joseph Gamble

* Joseph Gamble from Tennessee State Parks, who will discuss World War I, its impact on Tennessee and its heroes from Tennessee



Stephanie Steinhorst




* Stephanie Steinhorst from the Andrew Johnson National Memorial on "the Successes and Failures of the 17th president"


Robin Goddard




* Robin Goddard on "Anne Davis and the amazing story behind the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park"


Pam Eddy


* Pam Eddy of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on the history behind the gap





Jimmy Ogle



* Jimmy Ogle (Shelby County historian, Peabody Hotel duckmaster and tour guide extraordinaire), who will speak on the history of Memphis and the Mississippi River


Ed Sullivan




* Ed Sullivan, author of The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb, who will talk about Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project


Charlie Rhodarmer




* Charlie Rhodarmer of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum on Sequoyah and (separate presentation) on the remarkable life and career of Sam Houston




Sheriff Joe Guy

* McMinn County historian (and McMinn County Sheriff) Joe Guy, who will present on the fall of Fort Loudoun and (separate presentation) on the Battle of Athens




Oliver Arney



* Oliver Arney of the Tennessee State Museum, who will talk about the new Tennessee State Museum



Bill Carey



* Bill Carey from Tennessee History for Kids, on "Tennessee's new social studies standards for elementary teachers" and (separate presentation) on his revelations from the new book Runaways Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee.








There will also be vendors such as the TN Council for the Social Studies, Tennessee Geographic Alliance, the Tennessee State Museum, Currents of Change, Tennessee History for Kids and other non-profit organizations





Teachers greet Bobby Cain at the 2017 tent revival event.

Click HERE to register. Registration is only $40 and includes lunch.

There is also a $20 student rate for students who range from home school age to college age. Email us at to ask about this.

We have plenty of spots available!

Register now, and see you there!