All-day open Houses for 5th grade (May 9) and 4th grade (May 11)


Like we did in the fall, Tennessee History for Kids is doing all-day open houses. They are intended for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade public school classes, but all grades, private schools, homeschoolers and the general public are invited to register.

Here’s the way it will work: History Bill will do a 45 minute, animated presentation — repeatedly throughout the day — depending on when people request. Teachers and students will be able to ask questions, if time permits.

Here are the events:

Click here to register. Specific schedule to be emailed to all registered teachers on Friday, May 6.

Artist Gary R. Lucy created this painting of the steamboat New Orleans heading down the Mississippi River.

Wednesday, May 11: The Steamboat: Wild rides on the Hudson, Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland and Tennessee — NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for May 4

A 4th-grade level presentation about the steamboat: how people thought Robert Fulton was nuts; how odd steamboats looked at first; how some very brave people (and a large dog) took a steamboat down the Ohio and Mississippi in 1812; and how steamboats FINALLY made their way up the Cumberland and Tennessee. Topics include the industrial revolution; geography of Tennessee’s rivers; westward migration, the New Madrid Earthquakes, and the Comet of 1811.


8:00-8:45 am; 9:15-10 am; 10-10:45 am; 10:45-11:30; 12:30-1:15 pm; 1:30-2:15 pm

Click here to register.