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State Library and Archives to Host Workshop on Group Affiliations from the Civil War Era
(Published: July 10, 2013)

Americans have long sought out groups of like-minded people with whom they can share their interests, goals, and achievements. That was true during the Civil War era and in the years following the war. And finding records from some of those groups can provide important clues about how people back then lived, thought and felt.

With that in mind, the Tennessee State Library and Archives is hosting the latest in its series of workshops, titled "Remembering the Civil War: Civil War Veterans and Friends." The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will be held August 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the State Library and Archives building in downtown Nashville.

Professional genealogist J. Mark Lowe will lead the session, which will highlight some of the membership records, letters, photographs and other documents that researchers can use to learn about people who lived during that time period.

In his long career as a researcher, Lowe has specialized primarily in original records and manuscripts found throughout the South. In addition to being a teacher and author, he is a former officer and board member in the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. His work has also been featured on television programs such as "African American Lives 2," "Faces of America,” and “Who Do You Think You Are?"

"I encourage people with an interest in genealogy to attend this workshop," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "Genealogy is a hobby that can be addictive. Mark Lowe is an accomplished professional who can provide people with tips to help satisfy that craving for information."

Although the workshop is free, advance registration is required due to limited seating in the State Library and Archives auditorium. To register or get more information about the workshop, please call (615) 741-2764 or e-mail: workshop.tsla@tn.gov

The State Library and Archives building is located at 403 Seventh Avenue North in downtown Nashville, just west of the State Capitol building. Parking is available in front, on the side and behind the building.