History "200 Years in the Making"

I wanted to take a brief moment to share the following announcement from the folks at Marble Springs:

On September 24, 1815, while in Alabama on official commission business, John Sevier caught a fever and passed away the day after his 70th birthday. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of John Sevier's death, the Governor John Sevier Memorial Association is launching a new fundraising campaign for 2015: "$200 for 200." 

GJSMA board president and fellow history blogger Michael Lynch has offered some additional information about the "$200 for 200" campaign on his blog, Past in the Present:

We’re asking folks who love history, museums, and Tennessee’s heritage to make a $200 donation to support our programming, in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Sevier’s death.  Donors who make this special bicentennial gift will be recognized on our $200 for 200 web page, and will also receive these benefits for one year:

  • Free site tours for two adults and our children
  • Free admission for two adults and four children to our special John Sevier Days event in September
  • 10% off gift shop purchases
  • Discounts for our special workshop events
  • A discount on site rentals

Last summer, Traci and I were honored to have an opportunity to speak to the GJSMA board about our book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. The entire board and staff were welcoming, and we were doubly honored to meet several Sevier descendants on that occasion during a reunion gathering at Marble Springs, the last remaining home of John Sevier.

Traci and I enjoyed our visit to John Sevier's Marble Springs plantation home in June 2014. Author photo.

The GJSMA board has some exciting plans for the future of this important place in Tennessee history, but they need your help and support to make those plans come to fruition. Won't you consider supporting their efforts?

If you would like to learn more about this campaign, please visit the Marble Springs website and blog for further details.


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.