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

Research Open House for National History Day students

When? Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Research Open House

Where? Tennessee State Library & Archives, 403 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243

What? Join us at the Tennessee State Library & Archives for a NHD research open house! We'll have extra archivists and librarians available and ready to work with NHD students to conduct primary source and secondary source research for your projects. Click here for a promotional flyer for this event.

How? A research open house means students can arrive and leave when you like! Once you sign up, our staff will work with you to pre-identify collections in which you may wish to research on December 1st. 

What to bring? A notepad and pencils OR tablet/laptop on which to take notes, a flash drive for scanning materials, and some change for the copy machine.

Sign up: To participate in this research day, please email with your name, project category, and your NHD topic. Please sign up by November 28th! 

Special Note: The Tennessee State Library and Archives has great material for students working on topics in Tennessee and American history. If you are working on a world history topic, please email to see if we have research materials available for that topic.


2018-2019 Tennessee State Library & Archives Educator workshop series

Workshop Title: Movers and Shakers: Awakened Reformers of the 1800sThe Most Electrifying of the Orators on the AntiSlavery Platform

Workshop Description: Join the TSLA Education Outreach team for this primary source workshop. Designed for Tennessee educators teaching topics such as:

  • Sectional differences between the North and South, 1800-1850

  • Second Great Awakening

  • Abolition

  • Underground Railroad

  • Early Women's Suffrage

Standards covered in this workshop include (from standards updated 2017): 4.25; 4.26; 8.41; 8.42; 8.43; AAH.09; TN.15; TN.25; TN.26

Lunch and six professional development hours provided.


When & Where: Dates and locations are listed below.

Workshop Time: 9:00-3:00

November 8th, Harrogate
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
December 6th, Memphis  
Shelby County Schools, Bond Building
2930 Airways Blvd.
Memphis, TN 38116
January 24th, Murfreesboro
Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County
225 West College Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
February 23rd,  Nashville *** Saturday workshop
Tennessee State Library and Archives
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
The Nashville workshop is full! To be added to the waitlist, please send an email with name, grade level teaching, and school to
March 5th, Columbia
Buffalo River Regional Library
230 E. James Campbell Blvd., Suite 108
Columbia, TN 38401
March 27th, Chattanooga
The Teachers' Place
1161 West 40th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37409
April 10th, Union City
Discovery Park of America
830 Everett Boulevard
Union City, TN 38261
June 7th, Cookeville
Prescott South Middle School
1859 South Jefferson Avenue
Cookeville, TN 38506


Questions? Call 615-253-3469 or email