History Gram - September 2019

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September 2019


MHC News

The MHC would like to thank our outgoing Chair and Commissioner Jim Forkum for his many years of service to the Commission. At the MHC meeting on August 19th, Commissioner Forkum was presented with a Certificate of Merit and Service. Commissioner Mark Rogers will also be rolling off the Commission in August. Current Vice Chair Clay Bailey is the incoming Chair and current Commissioner Lynn Maddox is the incoming Vice Chair. E. Thomas Wood and Gerry Searcy have been re-appointed to the Commission. The MHC is welcoming two new commissioners, Chakita Patterson and John Bridges. Thank you to Commissioners Forkum and Rogers for their service, and welcome Commissioners Patterson and Bridges!

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MHC Executive Director Tim Walker and Commissioner Jim Forkum. Credit: MHC.

The MHC would like to welcome Susie Pallas as the new Office Manager. Susie has two grown sons and moved to Nashville from California with her husband a few years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University and also earned a Vocational Teaching Credential in Fashion Merchandising from the University of San Diego. Susie was also an instructor at Brooks College in Long Beach for 4 years. She comes to the MHC with an extensive background in office and company management, including nearly a decade as Vice President for a successful internet company. As an educational strategist specializing in high-achieving students and athletes, she has helped them develop academic plans, discover community service opportunities, earn NCAA Div. 1 and 2 scholarships and earn acceptance to top colleges including several Ivy League schools. Her hobbies include reading and traveling. Welcome Susie!


Susie Pallas. Credit: Susie Pallas.

MHZC news

 The MHZC’s September public hearing will be on Wednesday, September 18th at 2:00 p.m. at the Sonny West Conference Center/Metro Campus.

View the MHZC meeting schedule and application deadlines here.

Please add the following date to your calendar:

September 18th, 2:00 p.m., Sonny West Conference Center: public hearing to adopt plans book

This is part of a larger project to consolidate all neighborhood conservation zoning overlay design guidelines. The project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee and in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University.

For more information contact:
Robin Zeigler
(615) 862-7970

Bells Bend Park to Host Archaeology Day 2019

In celebration of Archaeology Awareness Month, the Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology will host Archaeology Day at Bells Bend Park on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. A variety of activities will be available, including mock archaeological excavations, crafts and other hands-on experiences. The Metro Historical Commission will staff a table at Archaeology Day, so please come visit us! This event is free and family-friendly. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, contact tennessee.archaeology@gmail.com.


Nashville 102 Lecture Series

The 2019 Nashville 102 history lecture series with County Historian Dr. Carole Bucy will be held Mondays in September. Seats are already full, but the lectures will all be videotaped and posted on the MHC website and on Metro's YouTube channel. Dr. Bucy will cover "Beyond the Antebellum Past, Towards a Global Future (1865-2010).

Session 1: Monday, September 9th
“Gilded Age Nashville – Becoming the Athens of the South (1865-1900)”

Session 2: Monday, September 16th
“Progressive Era Nashville – Becoming the
Wall Street of the South (1900-1939)”

Session 3: Monday, September 23th
“War, Peace, and Music (1939-1957)”

Session 4: Monday, September 30th
“Living and Working Together: Integrating
the People - Integrating the Government

Please check our website for lecture videos!

SPOTLIGHT: Aaittafama Archaeological Park

In 2018, Metro Nashville was awarded a $500,000 Local Parks and Recreation (LPRF) grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic Development (TDEC) to assist with park development at Aaittafama Archaeological Park. Located near Forest Hills at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Hillsboro Road, Aaittafama is the site of a 15th century Native American Prehistoric village. Hodgson Douglas completed a master plan in 2016, which covers much of the site history from settlement to archaeological findings. The name 'Aaittafama' means "meeting place," though it was originally named "Kellytown" after the Kelly family.


Prepared clay hearth and house floor at Aaittafama Archaeologial Park. Original image credit TN Division of Archaeology, 1972.

This LPRF grant will cover Phase I development work, to include construction of a parking lot, ADA accessible walkways and recreational trail, and events field. Initial developement includes site amenities, necessary site work, as well as native landscaping and signage to establish the land as an archaeological park.

The Friends of Aaittafama group has raised funds for additional phases of development in hopes all construction can be done at once. Future development includes additional interpretive and informational signage, interpretive elements such as palisade and pavilion. Construction for Phase I is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.


Friends of Aaittafama banner. Credit: Friends of Aaittafama.

AASLH Releases The Inclusive Historians' Handbook

The Nashville-based American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has just released The Inclusive Historians' Handbook. Co-sponsored by the National Council no Public History, this new digital resource centers on inclusivity, diversity. equity and public service in public history work. The project has launched with twnety entries examining all facets of public history work through the lens of these values. Entries will be added over the next year, with a final first edition of one hundred entries.

Vanderbilt Call for Proposals: Truth, Lies and Histories of Nashville

In anticipation of Nashville's 250th anniversary in 2029, Vanderbilt University Press has put out a call for proposals for as part of a new history series called "Truth, Lies and Histories of Nashville." The project is "designed to bridge the gap between what scholars and historians know about the city and what the public thinks it knows." The series seeks to expose hidden and underrepresented histories which will be shared across 25 volumes. Two or three books will be released each year with all 25 volumes available in 2029. The first round of proposals are due in October 2019.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants

Applications are now open for the October round of the National Trust for Historic Preservation grants. this program encourages preservation at the local level by providing seed money for planning and education projects. Grants are awarded up to $5,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match. Applications are due October 1st.


Nashville Retrospect Podcast

Catch up on episodes of the Nashville Retrospect monthly podcast! The August episode came out after the last newsletter, so please enjoy it now. Hear how veteran reporter Larry Brinton recalls growing up in Hillsboro Village and how he became a journalist. He shares some of his biggest news stories including President Kennedy's 1963 visit to Nashville.

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Check out our online newsletter archives!

Have a preservation-related event that you want us to include? 

Send a message to Caroline.Eller@Nashville.gov.


We Remember Nashville Soil Collection Ceremony

As the local arm of the Equal Justice Initiative, We Remember Nashville works to remember our past to understand our present. In recent months as part of EJI's Community Remembrance Project, We Remember Nashville has helped bring about awareness of racial terror and injustice through the placement of historical markers and ceremonies of remembrance to honor victims of lynchings that occurred in Nashville. As an extension of the Community Remembrance Project, We Remember Nashville will hold a soil collection ceremony for an unknown man lynched in 1877 on Saturday, September 21st at 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the intersection of 5th Ave North and Monroe Street.

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History Exhibits and Programs at the Nashville Public Library

September 6--Bellevue YMCA--First Friday at the Metro Archives--9:00 a.m. Tony Turnbow, Author and President of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, will discuss his new book, Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life.

September 12--Hermitage Library--Unsolved Mystery Discussion Group--10:30 a.m.

September 14--Green Hills Library--Green Hills Historic Homecoming--2:00 p.m.

thru January 3, 2020--Main Library--Some...of what I saw--this exhibit showcases the work of official Metro photographer Gary Layda from 1983 until 2013.

What's happening in Metro Parks? 

The 13th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival will be held at Cumberland Park on September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Races engage Nashville's most competitive team and proceeds benefit the Cumberland River Compact.

On September 7th and 8th, the Middle Tennessee Highland Games and Celtic Festival will be held at Percy Warner Park and the Vaughn's Creek Special Event Field, 7217 Highway 100. The festival celebrates Scottish and Celtic traditions for charitable, educational, social, and athletic purposes.


Allee at Percy Warner Park. Credit: Friends of Warner Parks.

Warner Parks Nature Center will present several history events this fall. Come to the Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Hwy 100) on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the history of Warner Park. Lectures in October and November will cover historic structures and cemeteries of Warner Park. Registration is required, coffee and donuts are included!

Upcoming Events at Fort Negley

Keep up with all recurring and special events on Fort Negley's Events page!

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Don't forget to attend the free, monthly Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston art crawl! Fort Negley Visitor Center is one of the stops on this route and over a dozen venues are within walking distance of each other. The next event is Saturday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m.

The 4th annual Taste of Wedgewood-Houston, organized by the Friends of Fort Negley Park, will be held Tuesday September 24th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Jackalope Ranch Taproom + Brewery. This benefit heps to raise awareness of the historic significance of the fort, the park and its surrounding neighborhood. Advance tickets are $30, $25 for FOFN members.

Fort Negley's popular Fossil Finders event will be held Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m. Join experts and history enthusiasts in free fossil hunting activities!

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Fort Negley entrance. Credit: Fort Negley Facebook.

The Metro Historical Commission Foundation was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (TNCWNHA) that will supplement funds raised for archaeology at Fort Negley. Work will begin in October.

The Crowdrise campaign to help fund archaeology at Fort Negley still needs your support! The Metro Historical Commission Foundation is working with the Metro Historical Commission and Metro Parks to raise funds for this project that will provide critical insight to the role of African Americans in building the fort and their nearby community. Learn more and donate to this project here.

Belmont Mansion Fall Lecture Series

Belmont Mansion in partnership with The Tennessee Historical Society are offering a free fall lecture series Tuesdays in September. All lectures will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon. "Adelicia Acklen's World: 19th Century Nashville Revealed" will explore women's role in the Civil War, archaeological expeditions of the Peabody Museum, Tennessee's role in the Mexican War and the myriad roles of animals as "necessary luxuries."


Book Signing with Ridley Wills II

Join local author Ridley Wills II for a book signing on Sunday, September 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 607 Fatherland.

During the event, Ridley will share from his new book, Nashville Pikes:150 Years Along Gallatin and Vaughn Pikes. The book covers 110 historical sites (schools, churches, homes, businesses, and more), from Edgefield to Madison to Neely's Bend.

There's no cost to attend, but books will be available for $35. Light refreshments will be served, and a portion of the proceeds from book sales go to Historic Edgefield.


Author Ridley Wills. Credit: Parthenon Publishing.


Stones River National Battlefield--Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour--September 7

TN State Museum--Experience West Tennessee Food Overnight Bus Trip--September 7-8

Belle Meade Plantation--Belle Meade Night 2019--September 8

United Street Tours--Black History Tour of Nashville--September 9

Warner Park Equestrian Center--Full Moon Pickin' Party--September 13

Tennessee State Library and Archives--Workshop: History of Slavery with Bill Carey--September 14

Centennial Park--Food Truck Fest--September 7; Dog Day Festival--September 14

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens--Fall for Cheekwood--September 15

Travellers Rest Plantation--Trades Festival--September 17-18

Cornelia Fort Air Park--Pickin' Party--September 21

The Hermitage--Ghost Tours--September 18-November 9

Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation--Crossroads Symposium: Reconsidering Native & African Americans in the South--September 12

Bellevue History and Genealogy Group--"History of Railroad Pocket Watches"--September 20

Two Rivers Mansion--Music at the Mansion--September 21

Montgomery Bell State Park--Hidden History of MBSP Van Tour--September 28


Dinner by the Bridge--October 3

Fort Negley Visitors Center--African American History and Genealogy Society Workshop--October 5

Belmont-Hillsboro Home Tour--October 6

Travellers Rest Plantation--Twisted Tennessee-October 12

31st Annual Southern Festival of Books--October 11-13

Barbershop Harmony Society--Lunch and Learn--October 17

Bellevue History & Genealogy--Lecture: How Perfect was the Perfect 36? Tennessee's Battle over the 19th Amendment with Ann Toplovich--October 25

Warner Parks Nature Center--A Brief Inventory of Park Historic Structures--October 26

Cumberland River Compact--The Taming of the Cumberland: A Brief History of Floods, Locks and Dams on the Cumberland River & its Tributaries with Dr. Carole Bucy--October 31