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.

  February 17, 2018 African American Ancestry   (Dr. Deborah Abbott with J. Mark Lowe)
  April 14, 2018 "Locked Up – Finding Ancestors in Prisons and Asylums"  (Chuck Sherrill, State Librarian & Archivist)
  June 2, 2018 "John Sevier and the Road to Statehood"   (Gordon Belt, Director of Public Services and author of John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero)  
  June 23, 2018 "It's Not All Online-Researching in the Archives"   (Melissa Barker, Certified Archives Manager, Professional  Genealogist,
Lecturer, Teacher, Writer)
  August 18, 2018 "The Ryman Diaries"  (Debbie Watts and Tom Dolan) 
  September 29, 2018 “Glorious Victory: Election Records at the Tennessee State Library and Archives”   (Jim Long, President, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society)
  November 24, 2018 "Family History Day"   (Darla Brock, Archivist, TN State Library & Archives)



Workshop and Lecture Videos

In this installment of the Tennessee State Library and Archives free workshop series, veteran genealogist Jim Long will explore Record Groups, as... read more

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