July Inservices at Rhea Courthouse, State Capitol, Polk Mansion, Downtown Knoxville

The cast of the Scopes Trial drama (www.rheaheritage.com photo)


Tennessee History for Kids is having four in-person summer inservices in July 2022.

All four will last all day and feature a focus on Tennessee social studies standards. Registration is $40 for each event – an amount that covers lunch and any tickets that would otherwise have to be purchased.

Teachers who attend will receive a certificate showing 6 hours of professional development.

Our first event will be in Columbia, on Tuesday, July 12, and its focus will be Tennessee in the early 1800s. This inservice will begin at 8:30 a.m. (Central) at the Memorial Building at 208 West 7th Street, where “History” Bill Carey will do power point presentations on 1) The Life and Times of James K. Polk; 2) The slave trade in Tennessee; and 3) The arrival of the railroad and telegram in Tennessee.

The Memorial Building in Columbia

After a Puckett’s Barbecue lunch, we all will tour the President James K. Polk Home and Museum with the staff there. We will then venture to the West Seventh Photo Gallery, an amazing treasure that you have to see to believe.

Click here to register for Columbia.

The Rhea County Courthouse

Our second event will be Saturday, July 16, at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton. Starting at 9 a.m. (Eastern), Bill Carey will do power points on: 1) Hydroelectric Dams in Tennessee; 2) Ghost towns along the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers; and 3) The Scopes Trial: The Big Picture of What Happened and Didn’t Happen.

After lunch, we will all go see “Monkey in the Middle” — the Scopes Trial drama, which is presented in the same courtroom where the trial took place 97 years before!

Click here to register for Dayton.

Event number three will be THURSDAY, July 21, at the East Tennessee Historical Society at 601 South Gay Street in Knoxville. We will meet at 9 a.m. (Eastern), and the theme of the event will be Tennessee in the 1790s. Presenters will include Bill Carey and Lisa Oakley, education coordinator of the East Tennessee Historical Society.

White’s Fort

We will also do guided tours of the Blount Mansion and White’s Fort!

Click here to register for Knoxville.

The July 25 THFK inservice will take place in THIS building!

Our fourth event will take place on MONDAY, JULY 25, at the Tennessee State Capitol. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. (Central) at the original state library, across from the Senate Chamber, where Bill Carey will do power points on: 1) Tennessee’s three Constitutions; 2) A short but fascinating history of Tennessee’s 50 governors, and 3) The strange but true stories behind Tennessee’s borders. After lunch, we’ll do an “insiders” tour of the state Capitol, and then Nashville historian David Ewing will give us a quick “suffrage” tour of the state Capitol and Hermitage Hotel. We MAY also have special guests (you never know who will show up at the Capitol)!

Click here to register for the Capitol event.

Registration for each event is $40, and we accept personal checks and Venmo (our Venmo address is @tnhistoryforkids).