July brings two more opportunities to celebrate...

Independence Day is an obvious occasion to celebrate during the month of July, but on a personal note, I'd also like to take this opportunity to celebrate the outpouring of support our book projects have received by readers. In 2011, Traci and I published our first book, Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War, and this year, we've enjoyed touring the state to promote our latest History Press title, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. We're truly honored and blessed to live in a country that affords us the opportunity to pursue our publishing dreams, and we'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July by thanking all our readers for your interest and support!

This month brings two more opportunities to celebrate with us!

On Friday, July 4th, we travel to Smithville, Tennessee to attend the Fiddler's Jamboree. From 1-5 pm we will be on hand to sign copies of John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero at a meet-and-greet book signing at the F. Z. Webb & Sons Pharmacy and Gift Shop. The gift shop is centrally located on the town square at 400 W. Public Square, in Smithville, so if you're in the area for the Fiddler's Jamboree, stop by to see us!

On Tuesday, July 15th, we visit Greenbrier, Tennessee to deliver a lecture and book signing at the Greenbrier Historical Society Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at 7pm at the First Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall on Hwy 41-N., in Greenbrier. Please visit the society's Facebook page for more information. We hope to see you there!

Gordon Belt is an information professional, archives advocate, public historian, and author of The History Press book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, which examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee.