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State Library & Archives to Commemorate Civil War’s 150th Anniversary
(Published: November 4, 2010)

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is sponsoring a pair of activities this month in connection with the kickoff event for the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

The Sesquicentennial will be a series of events held from 2011 to 2015 to commemorate Civil War history. To prepare for the Sesquicentennial, archivists from the State Library & Archives and the Tennessee State Museum have been visiting counties across the state in search of Civil War era artifacts. The archivists have been making digital records of the items Tennesseans have shared with them on those visits.

From now through Nov. 30, some of the digital photographs and digitally-scanned documents collected so far by the archivists will be on display in the lobby of the State Library & Archives building, which is located at 403 Seventh Ave. North across from the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. The State Library & Archives is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. There is no charge for viewing the exhibit.

The exhibit will include digital copies of a variety of letters, maps, sketches and diaries as well as photographs of swords, knives, uniforms and other items from the Civil War era. Included in the exhibit is a photograph of a sword believed to be the last one surrendered at the end of the war.

Also this month, the State Library & Archives will be hosting a workshop to provide people with tips about how to research Civil War history and properly preserve artifacts from the period.

The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the auditorium at Tennessee State University’s Avon Williams campus. The auditorium is located at 330 10th Ave. North in downtown Nashville.

During the first session of the workshop, titled “Digitizing Civil War Materials: A Project Overview,” staff members from the State Library & Archives will explain the process they are using to collect digital records of Civil War artifacts from all 95 counties in Tennessee. That session will last from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

During the second session, titled “Taking Care of your Civil War Documents, Photographs and Artifacts,” the staff will provide tips for preserving and storing documents, photographs and other artifacts. That session will last from 2:15 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.

During the final session, titled “Civil War Ancestors: Old Records and New Tricks,” the staff will discuss ways Civil War resources can be used in genealogical research. That session will last from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, call (615) 253-3470 or e-mail civilwar.tsla@tn.gov

For more information about the Civil War Sesquicentennial, go to: http://www.tnvacation.com/civil-war/events/