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TN Writers | TN Stories: Elizabeth Elkins and Scott Williams

Presented by Tennessee State Museum at Tennessee State Museum, Nashville TN

May 13 2023
TN Writers | TN Stories: Elizabeth Elkins and Scott Williams

Elizabeth Elkins and Scott Williams discuss their books on two legendary Tennessee figures, Timothy Demonbreun and David Crockett.

Join us as we explore biographies — each with a unique approach — of two legendary Tennessee figures, David Crockett and Timothy Demonbreun. In We Should Soon Become Respectable: Nashville’s Own Timothy Demonbreun, Author Elizabeth Elkins sorts through the legends and nails down the facts in order to present the true story of “Nashville’s First Citizen.” In The Accidental Fame and Lack of Fortune of West Tennessee’s David CrockettScott Williams uncovers what propelled Crockett’s fascinating journey, while also examining the birth of Tennessee during one of the most fascinating periods in American history.

This event is part of our TN Writers | TN Stories series presented in partnership with Humanities TennesseeChapter 16 and Vanderbilt University Press. Readings and discussions take place in the Digital Learning Center at the Tennessee State Museum. All events include an opportunity to purchase books through the Museum store and get them signed by the author.

Elizabeth Elkins is a professional songwriter and writer. She is the author of We Should Soon Become Respectable, a Vanderbilt University Press history of Nashville’s Timothy Demonbreun as well as a co-author of the best-selling Hidden History of Music Row. She has served as President of Historic Nashville, Inc. and on the Board of Governors of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys).

Scott Williams is the president and CEO of Discovery Park of America, a 100,000-square-foot museum and 50-acre heritage park, in Union City, Tenn. Previously, he served as president and COO of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and vice president of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in Memphis. He currently serves on the Tennessee Tourism Committee of the Department of Tourist Development for the State of Tennessee, the boards of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce and Hospitality Tennessee, the advisory board of the UT Martin College of Business and Global Affairs and the Northwest Tennessee Arts Center Advisory Board.

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  • May 13, 2023 at 10:30 am (Sat)
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