|A 1941 view of the Public Square in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee.|
Image courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Sessions for this year's meeting will center around the themes of oral history and folklife, and planning is well underway. Current STA Vice-President David Sowell has put together a wonderful program of speakers and activities for our annual gathering. This year, we're meeting on October 16-18, 2013 at the Riverview Inn right in the Historic Downtown Public Square of Clarksville, Tennessee. A more complete itinerary is in the works, but here's a brief rundown of sessions already confirmed for STA2013...
- Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill, will conduct a Friday, October 18th workshop on "born digital records." The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Inn. Dr. Lee is a noted expert in the subject of digital records, digital curation and understanding information technology for managing digital collections.
- Bobby Fulcher is the Park Manager of the Cumberland Trail State Park. He will discuss Tennessee Folklore and Folklife Collections. Fulcher has worked as a park naturalist and ranger for more than 25 years. He has recorded and presented musicians from the Cumberland Mountains for the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Tennessee Bureau of State Parks, and for County Records, the Tennessee Folklore Society label, and several other small labels.
- Author and folklorist, Pat Fitzhugh, will discuss the legend of the "Bell Witch." Fitzhugh is an authority on the "Bell Witch," and has written extensively on this subject. Fitzhugh’s extensive research culminated in “The Bell Witch: The Full Account,” a 406-page literary work that revealed many previously unpublished facts surrounding the case. More information about the "Bell Witch" can be found on the Tennessee State Library and Archives online exhibit, "Tennessee Myths and Legends."
- Lori Lockhart will present a session on "Quilts: What They Can Tell Us about Our Ancestors." Lockhart is a fourth generation Tennessee quilter and an archivist at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The Quilts of Tennessee Collection at TSLA contains photographs and images of quilts made in Tennessee from the 1820s through the 1970s as well as information -- sometimes spanning several generations -- about quilt makers.
- A reception will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at the Montgomery County Archives following a tour of Fort Defiance and its Interpretive Center.
- On the afternoon of Thursday, October 17th a tour of Trinity Episcopal Church in Clarksville will also be offered.
If you are not already a member of the Society of Tennessee Archivists, I hope you'll take this opportunity to join our ranks. You do not have to be an archivist or even a Tennessean to join the STA. Just a $20 annual membership fee, and an interest in the archival profession and Tennessee history is all you need to be a part of this active group of professionals. The Clarksville gathering is the perfect opportunity to meet folks in the archival community, and to learn more about the archives profession and about Tennessee history.
This is shaping up to be a great conference with even more sessions in the works beyond what is highlighted here. So, mark your calendars for STA2013 on October 16-18, 2013. I'm really looking forward to this year's meeting in Clarksville, and I hope to see you there.
UPDATE 5/9/2013: The Society of Tennessee Archivists has published more information about the upcoming meeting in Clarksville as well as many more articles of interest in their latest Spring 2013 newsletter. Click here to read the Tennessee Archivist for details.