Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Tennessee Historical Society

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.tennesseehistory.org

Mission Statement

The Society works to preserve and tell the stories of all Tennesseans. The purpose of the Society is ""to promote interest in, and preservation of, all matters relating to the history of Tennessee.""

Main Programs

  1. Tennesseee History Publications
  2. Tennessee History Day
  3. Public History Programs
  4. Museum/Archives Collections
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Tennessee Historical Society works to serve the entire state and conducts statewide projects. Headquartered in Nashville, the majority of its membership programs take place in Davidson County. By tradition, the Society has filled the need for a Davidson County historical society.

ruling year

1954

Principal Officer since 1990

Self-reported

Ms. Ann Toplovich

Keywords

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history heritage preservation education youth

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EIN

62-1053507

 Number

0702691261

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the top five accomplishments of the Tennessee Historical Society were: 1) successfully producing the Tennessee History Day competition in April 2015, with more than 7,000 students participating statewide; 2) concluding the 10-volume book series Tennessee in the Civil War: The Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly: 3) continuing publication of theTennessee Historical Quarterly and the free on-line serviceThe Tennessee Encyclopedia; 4) completing commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and beginning commemoration of the centennial of WWI; and 5) maintaining THS membership levels and increasing the value of the THS endowment.In Fiscal Year 2015-2016, our goals are: 1) to produce Tennessee history Day in April 2016, holding teacher workshops across the state and coordinating 6 district competitions; 2) to plan and implement additionalpublic programming related to World War I in Tennessee; 3) to continue publication of the Tennessee Historical Quarterlyand the free on-line service The Tennessee Encyclopedia; 4) to maintain THS membership levels and increase the value of the THS endowment, and 5) to continue implementation of the strategic plan for 2015-2017.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Tennesseee History Publications

THS publications promote interest in all matters related to Tennessee history. They cover all time periods, sections of the state, and genres of history. We provide more information on African-American and women's history than any Tennessee publisher. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly enters its 75th year in 2016. We maintain The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, published as a 1200 page book in 1998 and transformed into free website in 2002. We also produce books such as Trial and Triumph: Tennessee's African American History (2002), and A History of the Tennessee Arts (2004). The 10-volume series Tennessee in the Civil War appeared in 2010-2016. The goal of publications is to reach as many people interested in Tennessee as possible. The THQ circulation includes 350 schools, colleges, and libraries. 2500 Tennessee public schools and libraries received free copies of The Tennessee Encyclopedia. The TE website is a free reference site at http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

71,000

Program 2

Tennessee History Day

THS History Day, an affiliate of National History Day, focuses on students in grades 6-12 (public, private, and home-schooled) to develop research and critical thinking skills through projects using Tennessee, U.S., and/or world history. Tennessee History Day is a year-long curriculum and competition program; it served more than 7200 students statewide in 2015. Tennessee History Day conducts teacher workshops across the state promoting use of primary documents, an essential component of student work.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$78,000.00

Program 3

Public History Programs

THS public history program is designed for the adult out-of-school public to promote an interest in and preservation of all matters relating to Tennessee history. Activities include lecture series, reading and discussion groups, author events, scholarly symposiums, and special exhibits. Recent reading and discussion groups focused on the Civil Rights Movement in Tennessee and the development of democratic government from early settlement to Jackson's presidency. Groups usually include 20 or more participants. In 2016, the THS will host lectures on Tennessee 20th century artists, the history of Nashville turnpikes, Tennessee during World War I, discoveries under the Andrew Jackson papers project, Nashville during the Civil Rights Movement, and past presidential elections.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

Museum/Archives Collections

The Museum and Archives Collections program dates to 1817 and is at the core of the THS mission to promote an interest in and preservation of all matters relating to Tennessee history. Artifacts range from objects from prehistoric cultures to lunch room stools from Civil Rights sit-ins. Manuscript materials include first-hand accounts of Tennessee's settlements to oral histories with World War II veterans. Since 1927, the THS has partnered with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum under a trust agreement in order to make our collections available to the public. In 2016, the THS continues to receive donations to its collections. We sponsor an annual national competition for a scholarly research fellowship in our collections at the TSLA. We are also actively engaged in planning for a new state museum (funded) and new state archives (planned) that will showcase our artifacts.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

The Tennessee Historical Society works to serve the entire state and conducts statewide projects. Headquartered in Nashville, the majority of its membership programs take place in Davidson County. By tradition, the Society has filled the need for a Davidson County historical society.

Funding Needs

The 5 most pressing needs of the Tennessee Historical Society are: 1) Developing greater diversity among revenue sources. 2) Reaching a wider audience with information on Tennessee's history, including an increase in THS membership. 3) Increasing funding support to provide an additional staff member, as capacity is now at its limits. 4) Addressing space needs for the THS office, including for a meeting room for programs.5) Making the case that an understanding of history is not only relevant but essential to a civil and democratic society.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

American Association for State and Local History

Tennessee Association of Museums

Center for Nonprofit Management CEO Network

Tennessee Council for History Education

Tennessee Council for Social Studies

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TENNESSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Tennessee Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Ms. Ann Toplovich

BIO

Executive Director since 1990, Tennessee Historical Society; Native of Wilson County, Tennessee; Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville in English and anthropology; Phi Beta Kappa; Career history: Assistant Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Conservation; State Director, Tennessee Main Street Program; Staff member, Tennessee Historical Commission and Tennessee Division of Archaeology Current/recent board memberships: Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area Board of Advisors; Tennessee Public Records Commission; Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association advisor, National Conference Program chairman, 2006, American Association for State and Local History; member AASLH professional development committee, AASLH Treasurer, 2008-2012, 2015 program committee member, National Council on Public History, editor, Nashville Encyclopedia.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Tennessee Historical Society thinks in deep time, making it distinctive among Tennessee's non-profits. While many groups, by necessity, approach the needs of the here and now, the THS considers time across generations and centuries. The Greeks called this view of time ""chronos,"" eternal or on-going time, the long view that brings wisdom. We have entered a new century where our culture seems to reward shorter and shorter attention spans. Technologies become obsolete even as they come to market. People need things yesterday. However, knowledge of the deepness of the past and a long view of the future will benefit us as we address the challenges and opportunities we face. Everything we know today came to us from the past. The THS addresses the long view by preserving the stories and objects of the generations who have lived in Tennessee. Some, Native Americans, were here before the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago. Others, coming from Europe and Africa, came first to our state almost 500 years ago, settling permanently in the 1700s - that is, twelve generations back. More recent Tennesseans have come in the last decade or two, from Cambodia, Sudan, Kurdistan, Mexico, or Michigan. These stories of new Tennesseans are important too. The THS has made this record of triumph, tragedy, and the everyday available to Tennesseans for more that 165 years, and we will preserve them into future centuries. Why is this important? As Rosabeth Moss Kanter has observed, people care about their place in history when their own past is valued, and when their own past is valued, they take the long view. With the long view comes ""a commitment to those who come after them...and therefore they see the need for actions to benefit the distant future."" Thus, the THS is primarily focused on preserving and promoting our past. But in so doing, we are helping Tennesseans to look at the deep time ahead of us and to think about solutions to the challenges that face us all."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Robert N Buchanan III

Stites & Harbison

Term: May 2016 - May 2018

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