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History "Tent Revival" Teacher Inservice -- July 15, 2019 in Chattanooga!

Dennis Boggs (AKA President Lincoln) will attend the history
tent revival in Chattanooga!

Announcing the 2019 History "Tent Revival" Teacher Inservice  --  Monday, July 15, 2019, at Hixson Middle School in Chattanooga.

This will be an unforgettable day of standards-based social studies and history content training. It will include about 40 of the best history and social studies presenters in the state--authors, scholars, history buffs, reenactors and teachers--all under the same roof!

This event is co-produced by Hamilton County Schools and Tennessee History for Kids. It will go from 8:30 until 4:00 and will feature seven breakout sessions, where teachers can choose their topic and presenter.

Click here for the schedule, here for the program, and here for a registration form. (You must fill one out, mail it in and pay $30 to register).

If you are looking to sign up at the last minute (after July 11), please EMAIL us at

Here are some of the presenters who will be featured that day (in alphabetical order):

Famed Lincoln interpreter Dennis Boggs on Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and why Lincoln is still so important to us. Intended target audience: 4th, 5th and 8th grade teachers.

Carlos Calderin



Chattanooga attorney Carlos Calderin on citizenship, the meaning of citizenship, and traits of a good citizen. Intended target audience: 12th  grade government teachers.

Elijah Cameron



Elijah Cameron of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, on first-person stories from the Civil Rights Movement.





Bill Carey


Tennessee History for Kids founder Bill Carey doing separate presentations on what newspaper advertisements prove about the institution of slavery; on the Unknown Stories Behind the Tennessee History Stories; and on social studies standards and the new Tennessee History for Kids booklets. Intended target audiences: All teachers.


Paula Casey




Paula Casey (co-founder of the Tennessee Women's Suffrage Heritage Trail) on Tennessee and the passage of the 19th Amendment. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.



Ruby Choudhury


Ruby Choudhury (adjunct instructor of history at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga) on the Roman Empire and Roman Civilization. Intended target audience: 6th grade and high school world history teachers.



The Finchums

Mark and Sherry Finchum (of Indian Creek Productions) on Cherokee culture and (separate presentation) on the Trail of Tears.


Burt Finley



Burt Finley (teacher at East Hamilton Middle High School) on Technology in the Classroom. Intended target audience: All teachers.

Joseph Gamble






Joseph Gamble of Alvin York State Historic Park on Tennessee and World War I. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.


Michael Gilliland



Michael Gilliland, Chattanooga area activist, on Tennessee's Civil Rights Movement. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.


James Guilfoyle



James Guilfoyle (history lecturer at the University of Tennessee--Chattanooga) on ancient India and (separate presentation) on the Enlightenment. Intended target audiences: 6th and 9th grade world history teachers.


Joe Guy




Joe Guy (author, McMinn County Sheriff and McMinn County historian) about the history of Fort Loudoun and (separate presentation) on Dragging Canoe and the Chickamaugans. Intended target audiences: 4th and 8th grade teachers.



Cory Hagen



Cory Hagen of the Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center on Cherokee culture and the Reflection Riding Arboreteum.


Maria Edlin King




Marla Edlin King (from the MTSU Center for Economic Education) on ways to spice up your microeconomics and macroeconomics sets, activities and review sessions. Intended target audience: high school economics teachers.



Trish King

Trish King from Girls Preparatory School on geography teaching skills. Intended target audience: 3rd and 6th grade teachers.









Carol Labor (6th grade world history teacher at Ooltewah Middle School) on "Teaching with Learning Centers" and on "Learning Communities." Intended target audience: 6th and 7th grade teachers.

Linda Moss Mines





Linda Moss Mines (from the Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center) on the American history and the medal of honor recipients from southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia. Intended target audience: 4th, 5th, 8th and 11th grade teachers.


Jackie Morgan




Jackie Morgan of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve on Economics and the Federal Reserve. Intended target audience: All economics teachers.



Lisa Oakley




Lisa Oakley of the East Tennessee Historical Society on "the Fisk Jubilee Singers and post-Civil War African-American education in Tennessee" and (separate presentation) on early Tennessee history for 3rd graders. Target audiences: 3rd and 5th grade teachers.



Sheldon Owens



Sheldon Owens (of the Chattanooga Public Library) on Chattanooga history, the Chattanooga Memory Project and what it might mean for your classroom. Intended target audience: Middle and high school teachers.





Katie Petrole




Katie Petrole (from the Nashville Parthenon) on Greek culture and the Parthenon. Intended target audience: Sixth grade teachers.


Jacob Preston




Jacob Preston (of the EVERFI program) on free online modules for financial literacy  and African-American history. Intended target audiences: economics and 5th and 11th grade teachers.



Charlie Rhodarmer



Charlie Rhodarmer of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum on Sequoyah and (separate presentation) on Sam Houston. Intended target audiences: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade teachers.


Katy Russell



Katy Russell (teacher at East Hamilton High School) on teaching the Holocaust in your classroom using resources provided by the Facing History Within Ourselves program. Intended target audience: 5th, 9th and 11th grade teachers.






The Tennessee State Museum's Jeff Sellers on Tennessee history and the new Tennessee State Museum. Intended target audience: All teachers.




Edward T. Sullivan



Edward T. Sullivan, author of The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb on Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.


Ella Marie Sullivan

Ella Marie Sullivan of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on the history of country music and its connection to Tennessee culture. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.



Carol Moore and Barry Thacker


Barry Thacker and Carol Moore on Anderson County's Coal Creek War. Intended target audience: 5th and 11th grade teachers.


Annie Tracy Samuel




Annie Tracy Samuel (assistant professor of history at UT Chattanooga) on the history of Islam. Intended target audience: 7th grade and High School World History teachers.



Rachel Turner

Rachel Turner (Secondary Social Studies Coordinator for Hamilton County Schools and co-organizer of this event) on Engagement Strategies for the SS Classroom and (another session) on teaching geography in the social studies classroom.  Intended target audience: All teachers.




Angie Underwood


Angie Underwood (sixth grade teacher in Bradley County) on "Activities for Active Middle Schoolers." Target audience: 6th through 8th grade teachers.




Chris Young speaks to teachers at the 2016 history tent revival event.



Chris Young from the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park on Tennessee and the Civil War. Intended target audience: Grades 4, 5 and 11 teachers.


Guanping Zheng



Guanping Zheng from the Confucius Institute of Middle Tennessee State University on Chinese history, culture and Confucianism. Intended audience: 6th and 7th grade teachers.

Here are photos from the previous 6 history tent revival events in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Franklin: