Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission Events
The Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission will sponsor a series of conferences from 2010 to 2015. Conferences will be held annually at locations across the state and will focus on the events which took place 150 years ago. Presenters will discuss the battles, events, and stories of the Civil War, as well as offer brief dramas and musical performances as part of the day's events. Jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the preliminary topics for these events are:
2013: Occupation and Liberation
Date: October 9, 2013 - October 12, 2013Region: Chattanooga & SoutheastLocation: Chattanooga Convention CenterDownloads:Directions 2013 Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event (1.69 MB)Beyond the Battlefield Living History Agenda (521.62 KB)School Transportation Grant Information Packet (2.01 MB)Teaching with Primary Sources Agenda (309.95 KB)Application for School Transportation Grant (327.34 KB)Save the Date - 2013 (979.7 KB)Agenda 2013 Tennessee Sesquicentennial Signature Event (656.13 KB)
The 2013 Tennessee Signature Event will be jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Historical Society, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. All events sponsored by the TCWNHA are free and open to the public.
REGISTRATION: Seating is limited, to reserve your seats please register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.
For more information regarding lodging to attend the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event and special sesquicentennial pricing click the link below.
Please note $5.00 of the rate for most hotels goes to the Friends of the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.
The complete agenda for the 2013 Tennessee Signature Event is now available for download!
Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event
October 9-12, 2013
Chattanooga Convention Center
OCTOBER 9 - 12, 2013
The following activities will be held throughout the event, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center.
Beyond the Battlefield: Heroes & Legends
Educational programs will include historian/musician Bobby Horton, historical interpreter Nicole Moore and Interpretive Park Ranger Gerry Allen. Living historians from Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Sons of Confederate Veterans and the U.S. Colored Troops will provide historical demonstrations related to the battles.
Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibit
Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State Library and Archives will present a special exhibit of artifacts with a direct connection to The Battles for Chattanooga and the stories behind the artifacts - available for viewing on these two days only.
OCTOBER 9 – 10, 2013
The following workshops will be available two days.
Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 9; 9 am to 1 pm ET on Oct. 10, Chattanooga Convention Center
Sponsored by Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA), Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn.
Teaching Occupation and Liberation: Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Workshop open to K-12 educators.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Keynote Address: Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky
7 – 8:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Book Signing with Author
Friday, October 11, 2013
10 – 11:30 a.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Musical performance by The Chattanooga Musicaners
Special Preservation Announcement
LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
Session 1: Battles for Chattanooga
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Moderator: Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author
Speakers: Peter Cozzens, Author, Brooks Simpson, ASU Foundation Professor of History, Arizona State University, Wiley Sword, Historian and Author
Book Signing with Authors
3:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Speaker: Dr. Carroll Van West, Co-Chair, Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission, Director, TCWNHA, Director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
7 pm - 8:45 pm ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Special Musical Performance: Bobby Horton, Civil War music historian and performer
Bobby Horton will present a concert of mid-19th century music which will explore the music of both North and South and tell the stories of the American Civil War. Bobby Horton is widely recognized as one of the country's leading authorities on music from the Civil War period. This free concert will be hosted by The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Session 2: Military Strategy in the Civil War
9 – 10:30 a.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Moderator: Sam Elliott, Historian and Author, Chairman, Tennessee Historical Commission
Speakers: Dr. James L. McDonough, Historian and Author, Richard McMurry, Historian and Author, Dr. William Glenn Robertson, Historian and Author
Session 3: Commemoration & Memorialization
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET, Chattanooga Convention Center
Moderator:Dr. Carroll Van West, TCWNHA
Speakers: Dr. Antoinette Van Zelm, Historian, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Norman Hill, Middle Tennessee Representative, Tennessee Historical Commission, Traci Nichols, Historian
Special Tours of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Point Park on Lookout Mountain Battlefield, Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge Battlefields, Chattanooga's National Cemetery and Confederate Cemetery (Buses will depart from the Chattanooga Convention Center) (*Ticketed tours) Sponsored by CCNMP, The Friends of CCNMP, TCWNHA, and Chattanooga CVB
National Treasures 2013 (Ticketed event)
Sponsored by The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
TICKETS: To purchase tickets in advance for the tours or the National Treasures event please contact The Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 423-684-5623, email@example.com, www.friendsofchch.org.
- Amy Murrell Taylor Associate Professor of History, University of Kentucky Read Biography »
- Bobby Horton Civil War Music Historian and Performer Read Biography »
- Brooks D. Simpson ASU Foundation Professor of History - Arizona State University Read Biography »
- Commissioner Susan Whitaker Commissioner - Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; Co-Chair, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Read Biography »
- Dr. Carroll Van West Director, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area & Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University; Co-Chair, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Read Biography »
- Gerry Allen Interpretive Park Ranger Read Biography »
- James Lee McDonough Professor Emeritus of History, Auburn University Read Biography »
- Nicole Moore Historian, Blogger, Consultant and Interpreter of slave life Read Biography »
- Norman J. Hill Retired President, Cracker Barrel Foundation Read Biography »
- Peter Cozzens Author Read Biography »
2014: The Final Shots in Tennessee
Date: November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014Region: TBDLocation: Franklin, TN
Event is planned for November 13-14, 2014 in Franklin,TN. Check back for more information.
2015: Reconstruction Tennessee
Date: TBDRegion: TBDLocation: TBD
Event is planned for Summer 2015. Check back for more information.
2012: Invasion by Rail and River
Date: April 4, 2012 - April 5, 2012Region: West TennesseeLocation: Pickwick Landing State Park / Shiloh National Military ParkDownloads:2012 Event Agenda (28 KB)2012 Save the Date (858.74 KB)School Transportation Grant application (285.69 KB)Directions to Pickwick and Shiloh (711.95 KB)Beyond the Battlefield Living History Agenda (426.39 KB)School Packet Application for Bus Grant (1.01 MB)Shiloh Sesquicentennial Activities (649.19 KB)Teacher Workshop Illuminating the Battle Agenda (349.9 KB)150th Anniversary Battle of Shiloh Activities (315.48 KB)Signature Event Agenda - April 4-5, 2012 (467.54 KB)
APRIL 4-5 PICKWICK LANDING STATE PARK
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Seating is limited. Please register to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-741-2159
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
10 am, Pickwick Landing State Park, Pickwick Dam, Tennessee http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/PickwickLanding/
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee
This new initiative, "Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee," provides Tennesseans the opportunity to have their Civil War manuscripts, artifacts and photographs digitally copied. The Civil War photos and memorabilia is available online at http://www.tn.gov/tsla/cwtn/ Presented by Tennessee State Library & Archives
Red Carpet Film Premiere:
7 pm, The Story of Shiloh: “Fiery Trial”
Thursday, April 5, 2012
9 am, Pickwick Landing State Park
Governor Bill Haslam
Special guests to be announced and musical performances will include The 52nd Regimental String Band
Commissioner Susan Whitaker and Dr. Carroll Van West, Co-Chairs, Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Battle of Shiloh Forum featuring the foremost Shiloh historians: The Fall of Tennessee: Fort Donelson to Davis Bridge
10 am , Pickwick Landing State Park
Moderator and Panelists:
Larry Daniel, Historian and Author
James McDonough, Auburn University
John Marszalek, Mississippi State University
Wiley Sword, Historian and Author
Additional presentations and activities:
The Battle of Shiloh
Stacy Allen, Chief Ranger, Shiloh National Military Park
Shiloh: The Preservation Story
Timothy Smith, University of Tennessee, Martin
Preview of NPT Civil War Documentary
Dr. Carroll Van West, Director, TCWNHA
Closing Remarks by Dr. Carroll Van West, Director, TCWNHA
Sesquicentennial Civil War Exhibit
Presented by the Tennessee State Museum and Tennessee State Library and Archives
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Pickwick Landing State Park
Living History – “Shiloh Heroes & Legends”
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Pickwick Landing State Park
Living history will include re-enactors from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Company A, 13th United States Colored Troops
APRIL 6-7, 2012
Special commemoration activities presented by Shiloh National Military Park www.nps.gov/shil/
Special Extended Tours
Grand Illumination of Shiloh National Battlefield
23,746 luminaries, one for each American soldier killed, wounded or missing at Shiloh
For hotel information, please contact:
Pickwick Landing State Park
Park Road / PO Box 15
Pickwick Dam, TN 38365
731-689-3135 or 1-800-250-8615
$75.00 + tax
For more information on Tennessee Events, reenactments and festivals related to Civil War click here.