Online Exhibits

Disasters in Tennessee

Online exhibit exploring some of the state's most trying times, from the New Madrid Earthquake in 1811 to the recent flooding of May 2010. Images and stories of Tennessee's past from TSLA's extensive collection of photographs, records, and manuscripts illustrate the multitude of calamities that have befallen the citizens of this state . . . but you will also learn much about the volunteer spirit of Tennessee's citizens and their determination to help themselves and their neighbors recover from unthinkable misfortune.

The Saloon and Anarchy: Prohibition in Tennessee

Online exhibit chronicling the history surrounding the Prohibition era in Tennessee. Drawing on the wealth of material from the collections of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the exhibit surveys the brewing and distilling industries in Tennessee prior to Prohibition, outlines the rise of the Temperance Movement and the impact it had on the passage of the 18th Amendment, examines the effect of the 18th Amendment on moonshining, and recounts the passage of the 21st Amendment.

History of Jews in Tennessee

Online exhibit highlighting the life, culture, and achievements of Jews in Tennessee. The items exhibited include photographs, architectural drawings, family papers, a trademark book, scrapbook, petition, broadside, school book, and other records that shed light on the life and culture of Jews in Tennessee.

A Monkey on Tennessee’s Back: The Scopes Trial in Dayton

Online exhibit examining the history behind the famous Scopes Trial, a court case that received national attention as attorney Clarence Darrow battled William Jennings Bryan on behalf of a Rhea County teacher’s decision to teach evolution. The Scopes “Monkey” Trial is one of the landmark legal decisions of the twentieth century. Through this exhibit, we consider the debate over evolution versus creationism from its beginnings to the present, but our focus is on the trial that took place during the hot summer months of 1925 in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee.

"A Rose by Any Other Name...": Highlights from the Kenneth Rose Music Collection

Online exhibit showcasing highlights from the Kenneth Rose Music Collection. Kenneth D. Rose was a faculty member at Ward-Belmont College in Nashville from 1918 to 1952. He began collecting in 1935, and assembled a vast and diverse selection of sheet music. This exhibit will focus on a few areas of his collection, such as Confederate sheet music, comic songs, minstrel songs, war songs, patriotic songs, and sports songs. Although these themes will be the primary focus of the exhibit, Rose also collected many other types of song sheets.
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