Library and Archives: Workshop Series

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our staff and researchers from outside our institution. The goal of the "Workshop Series" is to share information about materials and services offered by the Library and Archives, and to provide opportunities for scholars, genealogists, and historical researchers to share their work. Each lecture draws upon the resources of the Library and Archives, and informs our audience about the historic value of our vast collection, and how they may use it in their own research.

  January 26, 2019   "Old News is Good News: Using Historical Newspapers for Your Research." (Taneya Y. Koonce, MLS, MPH)
  March 23, 2019   The Tennessee Virtual Archive (Jennifer Randles, Digital Materials Librarian)
  May 4, 2019   "Cross-Connections to the Civil War"  (J. Mark Lowe,  CG, FUGA)
  June 1, 2019   "Statehood Day and the Tennessee Constitutions" (Judge Andy D. Bennett, Tennessee Court of Appeals)
  July 13, 2019   "Grounded in Tradition: A History of Tennessee's State Capitol"  (Dr. Wayne Moore, Assistant State Archivist)
  September 14, 2019   "Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee" (Bill Carey)
  November 30, 2019   "Family History Day" - Family Gatherings: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family  (Melissa Barker)



Workshop and Lecture Videos

In this installment of the Tennessee State Library and Archives free workshop series, the Honorable Judge Andy D. Bennett of the Tennessee Court... read more

The Civil War has touched the life of almost every U.S. citizen but connecting families with complete records can present challenges. Presenter J... read more

Digital Materials Librarian Jennifer Randles will take attendees on a tour of the newly-redesigned Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). The free... read more

In this installment of the Tennessee State Library and Archives free workshop series, genealogist Taneya Koonce will navigate attendees through... read more

Explore record groups as well as printed and digital election-related materials such as newspapers.

Presenter Melissa Barker is a certified archives manager for the Houston County Archives and a professional genealogist who works with clients... read more

April 14, 2018 - Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. Using examples from... read more

September 23, 2017 - Locating the land of an ancestor can uncover a wealth of knowledge. Presenter J. Mark Lowe demonstrates how platting a... read more

July 22, 2017 - In January 1952, Brock left behind his Van Buren County home to undergo rigorous combat engineer training. He was then assigned to... read more

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the... read more

April 1, 2017 - Born 250 years ago this month, Andrew Jackson remains one of Tennessee's most iconic and controversial political figures. The... read more

January 28, 2017 - People don't usually associate libraries with murder and mayhem. However, when Brian Allison was researching his book,... read more

September 24, 2016 - Tennessee is famous for many things, but some people may not realize the state once was a hotbed for the marble industry.... read more

August 20, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Women's Suffrage Movement

July 30, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Preserving Tennessee Folkways

January 30, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: From Little Bighorn to Vietnam

April 2, 2016 - Tennessee Library and Archives Workshop: Finding World War I Ancestors

September 26, 2015 - Veteran genealogist Jim Long will use case studies to demonstrate how even small bits of information can lead to important... read more

August 15, 2015 - Map expert Murray Hudson's lecture at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) taking participants on a journey that... read more