Exploring Tennessee Frontiers and the Civil War Sesquicentennial...

Today, I am pleased to share information about two important speaking events on our calendar...

First, I am excited to be a part of the Tennessee State Museum's annual Summer Workshop Series for Teachers. On Friday, June 28th, I will deliver the keynote presentation in a session entitled, "From Territory to Early Statehood: Exploring Tennessee Frontiers." Highlights of this session include:

  • Geting to know our early leaders including John Sevier, William Blount, and James Robertson.
  • Learning engaging techniques to teach this fascinating period in history.
  • Understanding the complex interplay between cultural powers including French, Spanish, English, and Native Americans.
  • Exploring the material culture of the frontier period at the Tennessee State Museum. 

I'm looking forward to sharing what I have learned while researching John Sevier's life and times for my forthcoming book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. This workshop will also give me an opportunity to gain valuable feedback from teachers who are on the front lines in the battle to educate our children about the importance of history in the classroom. It's an honor for me to be a part of this event, and I'm looking forward to the conversation.

Teachers, to learn more about this workshop series, I would encourage you to visit the Tennessee State Museum's website where you will find a full itinerary and registration information.

Last but certainly not least, my wife, Traci Nichols-Belt, and I are honored to be a part of the Nashville Public Library's Green Hills Branch Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition on display from May 20th to June 10th. The Green Hills Branch Library will host numerous accompanying programs during this time, including our lecture on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00 pm. Copies of our book, Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War, will be for sale and a signing will follow the program. We hope you'll make plans to join us.


Gordon Belt is the Director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library & Archives, and past president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists. On The Posterity Project, Gordon blogs about archives, local history, genealogy, and social media advocacy for archives and cultural heritage organizations. His forthcoming book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory.