From Oak Ridge to Memphis — 6 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Summer Road Shows!

Ray Smith will be one of the presenters on July 12


We are staging SIX in-person TN History for Kids Summer Road Shows in July 2021:

The brand new K-25 History Center is incredible!

July 12 (Monday)

Summer Road Show at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. The theme is Tennessee during World War II, with presentations by Bill Carey on prominent people from Tennessee during the war, POW camps in Tennessee, and Tennessee’s war economy. After a catered lunch (probably from Chick-fil-A) and a tour of the museum, we will turn our attention to the Manhattan Project and its impact on the region and the war. Led by historian Ray Smith, we will then go visit two other museums in the area: the Oak Ridge History Museum, then the brand-new K-25 history center.

Click here to register for the Oak Ridge event which, as of May 5, has 27 of its 35 spots filled!

The Museum of Appalachia

July 14 (Wednesday)

Summer Road Show at the Museum of Appalachia in Anderson County. The theme is Tennessee in its Early Years, and we will start at the museum’s Heritage Hall facility. Before lunch, Mark and Sherry Finchum of Indian Creek Productions will give a delightful hands on presentation on Cherokee culture. “History Bill” Carey will then present on Tennessee’s Indian Wars (1760-1795) and the series of events that led to Tennessee becoming a state.

Mark Finchum

After a catered lunch, Mark and Sherry Finchum will present on the Trail of Tears. Then, from about 2 p.m. onward, we will tour the Museum of Appalachia and learn the remarkable story behind it.

Click HERE to register for the Museum of Appalachia event which, as of May 5, has 21 of its 35 spots filled.

The Medal of Honor Heritage Center

July 16 (Friday)

Summer Road Show with a Civil War theme. It will begin in downtown Chattanooga at the brand-new Medal of Honor Heritage Center in downtown Chattanooga. The day will start off with a power point by “History Bill” Carey about Tennessee in the Civil War, covering every battle and prominent name. At about 10:45 we will shift to the museum and get a wonderful tour of it.

The view of Chattanooga from the top of Lookout Mountain

After barbeque lunch at Puckett’s (just downstairs), we will migrate to the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. We’ll ride to the top of the mountain, taking in the scenery and a bit of local history along the way. Once we get to the top, Chris Young of the Chickamauga National Military Park will take over, and he will give us a detailed presentation about the Civil War battles of Chattanooga while looking down at the city from Point Park!

Click HERE to register for the Chattanooga event which, as of May 5, has 22 of its 40 spots taken.


The Hermitage: Home of Andrew Jackson

July 21 (Wednesday)

Summer Road Show at The Hermitage in Nashville. The main focus will be on Tennessee in the Early 1800s, with a minor focus on the Civil Rights Movement in Nashville.

David Ewing

First, Nashville history guru David Ewing will present a detailed power point on Nashville’s Sit-In Movement and the roles played in it by people such as James Lawson and Diane Nash.

Shifting back to the main focus of the day, Carey will then make presentations on slavery in Tennessee and the emergence and importance railroads in Tennessee history.

Erin Adams

After lunch, Erin Adams of The Hermitage will present on President Andrew Jackson and take attendees on a “behind the glass” tour of Jackson’s home.

PLEASE NOTE: The Hermitage event is sold out and we are no longer accepting reservations for it!

Discovery Park of America

July 23 (Friday)

Summer Road Show at Discovery Park of America in Union City. The focus is on West Tennessee and the Mississippi River.

Jerry Potter

The event will feature presentations by Bill Carey on the “land rush” of West Tennessee, by Bill Carey on the Fort Pillow tragedy, and by author Jerry Potter on the Sultana disaster.

After lunch we will have a presentation on the history of the Mississippi River and a tour of Discovery Park of America.

Click HERE to register for the Discovery Park of America event.

The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange

July 27 (Tuesday)

Summer Road Show at the Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange. The focus is on Memphis’ Early Industries and the Civil Rights Movement. Presenters before lunch include Bill Carey on Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Memphis slave trade; Willy Bearden on the cotton trade and its impact on Memphis’ culture; then a guided tour of the museum.

John Ashworth

After lunch, John Ashworth, president of the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, will make a presentation on lynchings in Tennessee history and their effect on the state’s culture.

Then, someone from the Benjamin Hooks Center for Social Change will present on Fayette County’s Tent City Movement.

Marc Perrusquia, longtime Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter and author of A Spy in Canaan: How the FBI Used a Famous Photographer to Infiltrate the Civil Rights Movement, will then make a detailed presentation on what happened in Memphis on April 3 and April 4, 1968.

Click here to register for the Memphis event.