Tennessee Historical Society

Nashville, TN   |  www.tennesseehistory.org

Mission

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.”

Ruling year info

1954

Principal Officer

Ms. Ann Toplovich

Main address

305 Sixth Avenue North War Memorial Building

Nashville, TN 37243 USA

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Formerly known as

Tennessee Antiquarian Society

EIN

62-1053507

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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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.

Population(s) Served

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 8300 students statewide in 2018. Tennessee History Day conducts teacher workshops across the state promoting use of primary documents, an essential component of student work.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

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Affiliations & memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1991

American Association for State and Local History 1980

Tennessee Association of Museums 1990

Center for Nonprofit Management CEO Network 2010

Tennessee Council for History Education 2010

Tennessee Council for Social Studies 2010

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Tennessee Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 08/09/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Robert Buchanan

Stites & Harbison (retired)

Term: 2019 - 2020

Richard Blackett

Vanderbilt University

Robert Buchanan III

Stites & Harbison

Charles Cook, Jr

Nashville Bank and Trust

Craig Fitzhugh

Banker/State Representative

Sarah Harbison

Jones Publishing/Greeneville Sun

J. Roderick Heller III

Attorney/Investments

Reavis Mitchell

Fisk University

Dan Pomeroy

Tennessee State Museum

Charles Sherrill

TN State Library & Archives

Carter Todd

Attorney

Derita Williams

Antiques Curator

Andrew May

Truxton Trust

Anna Windrow

Windrow Phillips Group

Douglas Brown

Brown & Tatro PC

Charles Trost

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

A.J. Kazimi

Cumberland Pharma

Breck Walker

Independent Scholar

Mark Norris

US District Court

David Fox

Financier

Sam Whitson