Save the date! August book tour dates for John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero...

In the month of August, we're delighted to have three opportunities to talk about our latest book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero...

  • On Tuesday, August 5th, we visit the new Nashville Metro Archives located on the third floor of the Nashville Public Library.  The Nashville Metro Archives recently completed its move from its Green Hills facility to its new space at the downtown library. The new location is larger, climate-controlled and available more hours — and located less than a mile from the Tennessee State Library and Archives, creating a “research quadrant” for genealogists and historical researchers. As a public service archivist, I'm particularly excited to visit the new Metro Archives facility, and I am grateful to Metro Archives Director Ken Fieth for inviting us to this new venue to discuss our new book. Our talk begins at 2:30 p.m. CT. For parking and directions, please visit the Nashville Metro Archives website and the Nashville Public Library's event calendar for further information. I hope you'll make plans to join us.

  • On Saturday, August 16th, I travel to Knoxville for the seventh annual East Tennessee History Fair. The Fair takes place at the East Tennessee History Center, Krutch Park, and at various locations throughout downtown Knoxville. Several events and living history demonstrations are planned throughout the day, as well as music, crafts, historic walking tours, graveyard & museum tours, children's activities, and, of course, an author's table where you'll find me signing copies of John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. Join me from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET for this historic celebration of East Tennessee.

  • Last, but certainly not least, we're pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our book with members of the August Book Club at The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 27th. Led by Erin Adams, Director of Public Programs, the group will meet at 10:00 a.m. CT at the Education Center. The books selected for this occasion reflect current scholarship on Tennessee, its military history, and takes a new look at many of its cherished heroes. We're honored to have John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero among the titles selected for study. The fee to participate is $5 per session. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call The Hermitage Director of Public Programs, Erin Adams, at 615-889-2941 x211.

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.

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