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TN History for Kids tent revival

What a great time everyone had at the Tennessee History for Kids tent revival on July 24!

On this website are some photos from the event taken by Chris Kirk of the Tennessee Electric Cooperatives Association and Tennessee Magazine.

Bobby Cain was the keynote speaker. Mr. Cain became the first African American to graduate from an integrated public high school in the South when he graduated from Clinton High School in 1957. Mr. Cain posed for a lot of photos, as you can see.

Dr. Morrison

The day began with comments from Dr. Sara Morrison, who is the executive director of the Tennessee Board of Education. Dr. Morrison spoke about the social studies standards review process, which started about a year and a half ago and is just about completed.


Jay Chamness, president of the board of directors of Tennessee History for Kids, then made a short talk listing several ways in which teachers are similar to rock stars.

"Teachers are similar to rock stars," he said, "in that both rock stars and teachers have a lot of young people screaming at them all the time."

Then came the main event. Here (on the left) is a photo of Mr. Cain being interviewed on stage by Bill Carey of Tennessee History for Kids. Click here for a Nashville Public Radio story about Cain's appearance.

After the main session ended, breakout sessions began and continued throughout the day.

There were a total of 40 breakout sessions and 5 time slots.

Here are a few highlights:


Here (right) is Mark Finchum of Indian Creek Productions, talking about Cherokee culture.







Here is David Ewing, telling fascinating details about the women's suffrage movement in Tennessee.









Pamela Bobo of Tennessee State University did a presentation on the many sit-in movements that occurred in Tennessee during the Civil Rights Movement.








Sherrie Collie (Wayne County Schools) did a presentation on Tennessee geography.






Aaron Deter Wolf of the Tennessee Division of Archaeology stole the show with a presentation on prehistory and Tennessee.






Barry Thacker and Carol Moore did an amazing presentation about the Coal Creek war and the Coal Creek tragedies, and have everyone smiling when they handed out chestnut trees.


President Lincoln showed up at the Marriott and did two presentations.

Our 16th president (portrayed by Dennis Boggs) also did quite a few selfies, such as this one with Debbie Tilbury from Tennessee History for Kids.







Here (on the right) is Stacey Graham from the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU.







Lisa Oakley from the East Tennessee Historical Society had two presentations.







David Currey talked about the history and the future of Fort Nashborough.





We all took a break for lunch!






Errol Rivers from the Benjamin Hooks Center for Social Change made a presentation on Fayette County's tent city movement.











Jackie Morgan from the Federal Reserve spoke as well.








Here is Erin Adams from The Hermitage.








"History Bill" Carey from Tennessee History for Kids.










There was an author table for writers including Rob Simbeck, Ed Sullivan, John Baker and Andrew Maraniss.







Among the vendors who had tables were the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies, the Tennessee Geographic Alliance, the Tennessee State Museum, Currents of Change, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Federal Reserve branch of Nashville and Tennessee History for Kids.








These are only a few of the highlights of the 2017 Tennessee History for Kids tent revival.





The 2018 Tennessee History for Kids tent revival will be on July 23, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Knoxville.




Stay tuned for more details!

Thanks to all the volunteers from HCA that helped make the tent revival go so smoothly!