Education Outreach: Upcoming Events

The Tennessee State Library and Archives offers regular content-based, primary source workshops for educators. If you would like to have the Library & Archives provide professional development for educators in your community, please contact Kelly Wilkerson at 615-253-3469 or by email at


Answering the Call: Tennesseans in World War I

Educator Statewide workshop series

For the 2017-2018 school year, the Library & Archives education team has selected World War I as the topic for our teacher workshop series. Focusing on the analysis of primary sources in classroom instruction, this workshop will explore the various ways Tennesseans participated in the war and how the war's development impacted Tennesseans, both at home and abroad. Topics include reasons for American entry into war, doughboy experiences, the home front, and new technology. 

This workshop meets the curriculum standards for World War I found in the 5th grade, high school American history, and high school World history curriculum.

Licensed, teacher participants receive lunch and a $25 stipend to assist with mileage and travel expenses. Workshop locations and dates are listed below. If you would like to register, please follow the link below the city/date you wish to attend. Twenty-five spots are open at each of 12 workshops across the state.

Questions? Please contact Education Specialist or by phone at 615-253-3042.


Workshop dates and locations

All workshops take place from 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.


March 20 Knoxville

Location: East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

Click here to register for Knoxville!


March 21 Etowah

Location: Etowah Depot Museum, 727 Tennessee Avenue, Etowah, TN 37331

Click here to register for Etowah!


April 4 Union City

Location: Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., Union City, TN 38261

Click here to register for Union City!


April 5 Jackson

Location: Jackson-Madison County Library, 433 East Lafayette Street, Jackson, TN 38301

Click here to register for Jackson!


June 8 Cookeville

Location: Prescott South Middle School, 1859 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38506

Click here to register for Cookeville!


2018 Summer Teacher Institute: Tennessee in World War I

When: June 20th & 21st

Where: Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville

To apply: Click here for the application. The application deadline is March 30th. Successful applicants will be notified no later than April 13th. Twenty-five spots are available and all educators may apply. First priority will be given to 5th grade, high school American history teachers, and high school world history teachers. 

Questions? Call 615-253-3469 or email

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is hosting a summer institute for licensed, classroom educators on World War I. Focusing on the World War I related social studies curriculum standards for Tennessee in the 5th grade, high school American history, and high school World history courses, participants will explore the experience of Tennesseans during this period.

Participants will explore primary sources dealing with topics such as neutrality, preparedness, intervention, the Tennessee home front, the introduction of new technology into the war, and experiences of Tennessee's doughboys. By the end of the workshop, participants will become familiar with the educational tools offered by the State Library & Archives.

Participants receive 13 professional development credit hours, one night's lodging (depending on distance of participant from Nashville) and lunch each day. Participants will be required to complete a lesson plan utilizing the primary sources, historical content, and/or educational tools they encounter during the workshop.