Education Outreach: Professional Development

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


Stories from the 16th State: Creating Classroom Engagement with Local History

During the 225th anniversary of Tennessee Statehood, the Tennessee State Library and Archives invites Tennessee teachers to attend a workshop exploring our state's history. From September 2021- June 2022, we'll travel the state offering this workshop series to educators at locations across the state.

Focusing on the use of primary sources found in the collection of the Library & Archives, this workshop will examine Tennessee history topics from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and High School American History curriculum standards for social studies. The workshop will conclude with teacher participants working together to create a primary source activity for use in the classroom.

Teacher participants will receive lunch and six hours of professional development credit.

Please note: All scheduled dates and locations are subject to change due to the on-going pandemic. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged at all workshops. Some facilities where workshops are located may also have a mask requirement.

To Register: Dates and locations are listed below. To register, simply click on the city you are interested in and then click the green "Register" button.

This workshop series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at

Questions? Email us at


Postponed for a later date to be determined

Location: Shelby County Schools Teaching and Learning Academy

Johnson City

Wednesday, October 20th

Location: Holston River Regional Library


Thursday, October 21st

Location: East Tennessee Historical Society


Thursday, November 4th

Location: Lincoln Memorial University


Saturday, December 4th

Location: Howard Connect Academy


Thursday, January 27th

Location: Stones River Regional Library

Union City

Thursday, February 10th

Location: Discovery Park of America


Friday, February 11th

Location: Hatchie River Regional Library


Saturday, March 5th

Location: Tennessee State Library & Archives


Tuesday, March 8th

Location: Buffalo River Regional Library


Tuesday, June 7th

Location: Falling Water Regional Library