2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: Reconstruction Tennessee

Apr 30 - May 1, 2015

The 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: “Reconstruction Tennessee,” will take place on April 30 – May 1, 2015 in Knoxville and surrounding historic sites.

ABA’s Top 100 Selection Committee selected the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration, Blue & Gray Reunion and Jubilee as one of the best events to experience in 2015.

The Tennessee Signature Event will feature educational symposiums, book signings, a Sesquicentennial Civil War exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts, musical presentations and tours of historic homes, museums and attractions.

Caroline E. Janney, Professor, Ph.D. of University of Virginia will be the keynote speaker for the 2015 Tennessee Signature Event. Historian and author, Caroline Janney’s book, Remembering the Civil War, examines how the war generation--men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates--crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict.

Additional speakers include:

Dr. Carroll Van West, Tennessee State Historian

Dr. Todd Groce, President and CEO, Georgia Historical Society

Luke Harlow, Professor, Dept. of History, The University of Tennessee Knoxville

Renee Kessler, Executive Director, Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Dr. Bobby L. Lovett, Professor Emeritus, Tennessee State University

Tracy McKenzie, Professor of History, Dept. Chair, Wheaton College

To register for the 2015 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event, email tn.civilwar150@tn.gov or call 615-532-7520.  The Signature Event is jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee Department of Tourist Develoment, Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial and the East Tennessee Historical Society.

Visit  www.easttnhistory.org/bluegray for more information on local sesquicentennial commemorative events such as the Blue & Gray Reunion and Jubilee, a once-in-a-lifetime event remembering Union and Confederate soldiers, 1st U.S. Colored Heavy Artillery and others who played a role in the Civil War. Local sesquicentennial activities include tours of historic homes and battlefields, a parade, musical demonstrations and a Civil War exposition.


Check out Tennessee's Civil War 150 app featuring people, places and artifacts that tell Tennessee's Civil War story. This complimentary app is available on www.tncivilwar150.com.