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

The Future of Tennessee's Past: The State Library and Archives and State Museum

Join the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum for this collaborative workshop that will explore the social studies standards for Tennessee and familiarize you with the resources available to teachers from these statewide organizations. With the new State Museum and new State Library and Archives buildings currently being built and new social studies standards coming soon to your classrooms, now is the perfect time to look into the future of Tennessee's past. Spend the day with us as we:

  • Navigate through the state social studies standards
  • Explore some activities that you can use in your classroom
  • Discover the resources that are at your disposal from the TSLA and TSM
  • Brainstorm to help us better fill your needs as educators as we move forward

Lunch will be provided! There will be three workshops held across the state, one in each grand division. To register, click on the link below the city closest to you!

Questions? Contact

All of the workshops below are full! To be added to the wait list, simply click on the registration link and "Join the waitlist."

Middle Tennessee- Murfreesboro

June 7, 2018

Location: Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, 225 West College Street, Murfreesboro 37130

Click here to register!


East Tennessee- Elizabethton

June 26, 2018

Location: Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, 1651 West Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643

Click here to register!


West Tennessee- Memphis

July 25, 2018

Location: Shelby County Board of Education, 2930 Airways Blvd., Memphis, TN 38116

Click here to register!



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. 

Application deadline extended to April 13th!

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.