An interview with Pat Nolan on INSIDE POLITICS...

On Friday, August 19th, I had the opportunity to chat with Pat Nolan for an interview that aired on NewsChannel5+ later that evening. In that interview, Pat and I talked about 'John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero' and how writers viewed his life through the lens of history and memory.

Pat Nolan, NewsChannel5 Political Analyst, hosts INSIDE POLITICS, a weekly political interview show, and CAPITOL VIEW, a weekly on-line political commentary, airing on NewsChannel5+ and online. A friend and colleague pointed out to me that Pat is also the former president of the Friends of the Nashville Metro Archives, and he has spoken at Society of Tennessee Archivists annual meeting.

I'm honored by the kind words Pat shared with me after the interview...

"Thanks for coming on the show, Gordon! You've written a fascinating book about a legendary and critically important person in Tennessee's early history as well as how John Sevier's legacy has waxed and waned in the public's mind over the last two centuries."

I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Pat and to have had this conversation. I'm also grateful to my Library & Archives colleague, Blake Fontenay, who arranged this interview along with NewsChannel5's Executive Director Rick Casebeer. Research gathered at the Tennessee State Library & Archives played a crucial role in the telling of this story, so I'm always happy to return the favor as an advocate for this venerable institution.

And now, I'm happy to share our interview with you here on The Posterity Project. The interview airs in three parts. Visit the NewsChannel5 website to view our conversation HERE.


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.