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Lunchtime Speaker Series: Tennessee's Centennial Celebration w/ David E. Ewing

Presented by Tennessee State Library & Archives at Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville TN

Sep 10 2021
Lunchtime Speaker Series: Tennessee's Centennial Celebration w/ David E. Ewing

Tennessee State Library & Archives is excited to announce a new lecture series revealing the stories behind significant events in Tennessee’s rich 225-year history.

The Lunchtime Speaker Series events will be in-person and live-streamed on the Library & Archives’ Facebook page and the Secretary of State’s YouTube channel. In-person attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. 

Today’s speaker is Historian David E. Ewing. He will speak about Tennessee’s Centennial Celebration.  

The other speaker series events will take place on Nov. 5, Feb. 11, and May 6. Topics for these events include Native American life and culture in early Tennessee, how Tennessee earned the Volunteer State nickname through service in military conflicts, and how Tennessee’s topography and geology impacted where pioneers settled. A noted expert in Tennessee history will lead each Lunchtime Speaker Series talk, including Historian David E. Ewing, Archaeologist Aaron Dieter-Wolf, Lipscomb University Professor Tim Johnson and Aaron Astor, a Historian and Associate Professor at Maryville College.

After each presentation, in-person attendees can view items related to the lecture topic from the Library & Archives’ extensive collection. In-person attendees can also take a guided tour of the new facility. The Library & Archives is located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, across from the Tennessee State Museum. Parking is available for guests in the Library & Archives garage on Jackson Street/Junior Gilliam Way.

For the latest information about the Lunchtime Speaker Series, follow the Library & Archives social media channels, Facebook and Instagram.

To learn more about the Library & Archives or schedule a research visit, call (615) 741-2764, email, or visit

The Tennessee State Library & Archive’s mission is to exceed the expectations of their customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness and accountability in a customer-centered environment.



Free Admission

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Tennessee State Library and Archives

1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N, Nashville, TN 37219
(Neighborhood: Downtown)


The Library & Archives provides free patron parking in its dedicated underground garage. To access the garage, patrons must obtain a library card at the first-floor receptionist desk. First-time patrons may park temporarily in the parallel street parking on Rep. John Lewis Way North during this process. After receiving an activated library card from the security receptionist, patrons should move their vehicles to the garage via the ramp on Jackson Street/Junior Gilliam Way.