News and Updates

WWI medals photographed during a digitization event
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives.
Person uses keyboard with braille display
The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (TLBPH), a division of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, has a new online ordering system offering unprecedented access to patrons. The system is available 24/7 and can be easily accessed on a computer or mobile device.
Library Director Linda Icenhour tells Sec. Hargett and Rep. Hill what the expansion will mean for patrons.
The Johnson County Public Library is receiving a $100,000 Library Construction Grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to expand its current facility.
Students working on a project
The Tennessee Secretary of State's office is kicking off its second annual student essay contest to encourage students to be actively engaged citizens. The essays will focus on citizenship with length requirements varying by grade level.
Folklife performance featuring Thomas Maupin
In partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free event about “folklife” Oct. 14. Folklife is a multifaceted tradition which values oral stories, songs, art and many other cultural aspects.
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is proud to officially launch the state’s new online voter registration system. The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved.
Satellite image of hurricane from space
The images are heartbreaking. For the last week, we’ve all seen stories coming out of Houston and the rest of the Gulf Coast showing the catastrophic mess Hurricane Harvey is leaving behind. As I write this, rescues are still underway.
Land platting map
Locating the land of an ancestor can uncover a wealth of knowledge. On Sept. 23, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop about land platting.
Graphic that says: The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; The University of Tennessee Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
The number of new entity filings coupled with a historically low unemployment rate indicates Tennessee has a healthy economy, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office.
David Franklin Brock pictured in the Kumhwa region of Korea in 1953
Photographs are a critical part of learning and understanding history. On July 22, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled “From Farm Boy to Tomahawk Warrior: David Franklin Brock Korean War Photograph Collection."
(L to R) A.J. Camacho of Clayton-Bradley Academy; Tate Greene and teacher Liz Shugart of Clayton-Bradley Academy
Five Tennessee students received medals last week during the 2017 National History Day Contest. In all, 58 middle and high school students represented Tennessee in the competition, where students prepare documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites with historical themes.
Graphic that says: The TN Quarterly Business and Economic Indicators; Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; The University of Tennessee Knoxville Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
Tennessee’s economy continues to grow with a robust start to 2017, according to a report released by the Secretary of State's office. There were 10,372 new entity filings in the first quarter of 2017, which represents an 8.7 percent increase over the same time last year.
L to R: Secretary Hargett, Davidson County Administrator of Elections Jeff Roberts, Montgomery County Administrator of Elections Elizabeth Black, Moore County Administrator of Elections Jim Sanders and Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins
Secretary of State Tre Hargett would like to congratulate three administrators of elections who passed the state certification exam Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Tennessee State Library and Archives Building
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is awarding more than $337,000 in library technology training grants to 45 public libraries across the state.
When Tennessee became a state June 1, 1796, only about 77,000 people lived here. Tennessee was the country's 16th state and the first to be created from territory that had been under federal jurisdiction.
Family register made by Elizabeth Jane Hunter of Knox Co. in 1836
Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the state's early days are stitched together in embroidered cloth patches known as samplers.
Engraving of Major General Andrew Jackson by James Barton Longacre
He was the first Tennessean to serve as president of the United States – and his legacy remains hotly debated to this day. Andrew Jackson was a larger-than-life figure in American politics, a war hero who rode a wave of populism into the White House.
Tennessee History Day logo that says "It's not just a day... It's an experience!"
Seventy-three students qualified to represent Tennessee at National History Day later this summer. Those students placed first or second in their categories at Tennessee History Day held in Nashville on Saturday.
Logo that says "Tennessee History Day. It's not just a day... It's an experience!"
Following months of research and competitions at the local and district levels, more than 300 students from across the state will present their projects at the annual Tennessee History Day competition in downtown Nashville Saturday.
Story time is a popular tradition at public libraries throughout the country, but story time events at the Tennessee State Library and Archives have a special twist: instead of performing with groups of eager children crowded at her feet, the librarian administering the program at the Library and Ar
Poster honoring Pvt. Gordon Klope killed in action in France on Oct. 14, 1918
The United States’ entry into World War I led to tragedy for the West family from the East Tennessee community of Oliver Springs.
2007 plans for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building on Bicentennial Mall
As the legislative session winds down, I am cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will include funding for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building in the next state budget.
WWI Veteran Lt. Harry Clemons of the 115th Field Artillery Regiment (Courtesy: Tennessee State Library and Archives)
Over a five-year period, World War I ravaged Europe, the Middle East and parts of North Africa, overturning governments and costing millions of lives. The United States joined the battle on April 6, 1917, eventually mobilizing 130,000 soldiers from Tennessee.
Artist rendering of The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson
Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures.

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