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State Library and Archives to Host War of 1812 Workshop
(Published: May 15, 2012)

To help commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) will host a free workshop on June 16 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the TSLA Auditorium.

The workshop will shed a light on Tennessee's role in the war. Politically and militarily, Tennessee played a vital role in the War of 1812 and placed the state in the national spotlight for the first time.

The workshop will also focus on key questions: What caused the war? Why did Tennesseans want to fight? What is the legacy of the war in Tennessee? While the focus of the workshop will mainly be on the history of the War of 1812, the session will also examine what resources pertaining to the war are available at TSLA.

The guest speaker is Tom Kanon, an archivist at TSLA. He holds a master's degree in History and a P.h.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Kanon is an award-winning author who has written extensively on the War of 1812-related topics for publications such as Tennessee Historical Quarterly and Ohio Valley History.

The session is open to anyone with an interest in the War of 1812, as well as geneaologists who want to gain some historical knowledge and background for their research.

This is a free workshop, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the auditorium. To make reservations, please e-mail workshop.tsla@tn.gov or call (615) 741-2764. TSLA's building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North, just west of the state Capitol in downtown Nashville. Limited parking is available in front, beside and behind the building.