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Business managers from Franklin-based MEDHOST experimented with the new job training on the grounds of the Battle of Franklin. Credit: Priscilla Harris Photography.

What Can Modern Day Business Leaders Learn From Confederate Failures At The Battle of Franklin?

September 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

A new job training from Vanderbilt has Tennessee business leaders learning from the mistakes of Confederate generals in the Civil War.

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

May 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

More than a century after her death, some of Adelicia Acklen’s most personal possessions are returning to Nashville’s Belmont Mansion: family portraits that hung in the most private rooms of the house, the jewelry box she would have used each day, even toothbrush cases made of fine china.

Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Wayne Brezinka’s multi-media portrait is partly constructed of historical artifacts from the 1860s.

As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph, now stuck to its frame was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, As we expect President Obama in Nashville today, we started looking at past presidential visits. This photograph of my sister giving birthday flowers to Pat Nixon was a staple in my household growing up. Like President Obama, Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.Richard Nixon was in the 5th year of his presidency when he visited nearly 40 years ago.

The Day My Sister Greeted The Nixons At Nashville’s Airport

January 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

As President Obama will be in Nashville today, we remember another presidential visit from 40 years ago: a celebration with a side of Watergate.

Player Who Integrated Nashville Basketball Honored With Jersey Retirement

Player Who Integrated Nashville Basketball Honored With Jersey Retirement

November 19, 2013 at 5:06 am

This year marks a half-century since Father Ryan’s basketball team first took the court with an integrated team. Willie Brown was a junior at the time.

Remembering A Civil War Memorial As Old As The War Itself

Remembering A Civil War Memorial As Old As The War Itself

May 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

Most Civil War monuments were built long after the fighting ended. But roughly 150 years ago, a group of soldiers from Ohio and Indiana honored their fallen comrades with a substantial stone structure that still stands on the outskirts of Murfreesboro.

Memorial Day Look Back: Nashville POW Wrote State Poem In Vietnamese Prison

Memorial Day Look Back: Nashville POW Wrote State Poem In Vietnamese Prison

May 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

It’s been four decades since one of Nashville’s war heroes made it home from Vietnam. The late Rear Admiral William Lawrence spent more than 2-thousand days as a prisoner of war in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton.” He came back with a gift for his home state.

Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

How Does The Music City Center Compare To Previous Nashville Building Projects?

May 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

The Music City Center is Nashville’s largest public building project, costing at least $585 million. Here’s a look back at previous major projects and their cost to taxpayers.

Civil Rights Art Project Seeks Local Voices

Civil Rights Art Project Seeks Local Voices

March 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm

The Metro Arts Commission is hoping for a strong turnout this week at a workshop about Nashville’s Civil Rights history. The next piece of public art is meant to honor the lunch counter sit ins of the 60s, and officials say public input is a key piece of getting it right.

Civil Rights Leader Donates Historic Letters to Vanderbilt

Civil Rights Leader Donates Historic Letters to Vanderbilt

February 19, 2013 at 6:30 am

A hero of the Civil Rights movement is donating a massive trove of personal letters and memorabilia to Vanderbilt University. Reverend James Lawson was once kicked out of Vanderbilt for his role in Nashville’s historic lunch-counter sit-ins. Lawson says he’s wanted the school to have the collection for decades.

A Rare Chance to See the Emancipation Proclamation

A Rare Chance to See the Emancipation Proclamation

February 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

The document that freed thousands of Southern slaves 150 years ago is at the Tennessee State Museum this week. The original Emancipation Proclamation is the centerpiece of an exhibit on Civil War history that opened Tuesday.

Proposed Bill Carries Echoes of Old Hickory-Era Crisis

Proposed Bill Carries Echoes of Old Hickory-Era Crisis

January 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

If one Tennessee legislator gets his way, federal agents could be arrested for enforcing any potential assault weapons ban. But the concept of a state trying to cancel out federal measures was already tried 180 years ago. And the president who squashed that effort was one of Nashville’s most famous residents.

Emancipation Proclamation Didn’t Free Tennessee Slaves

December 31, 2012 at 3:08 am

Tomorrow marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order is commonly thought of as being responsible for freeing America’s slaves, but the truth is more complex, especially in Tennessee.

Battle of Stones River

Battle of Stones River

December 31, 2012 at 2:09 am

When President Abraham Lincoln needed to bolster public opinion at the end of 1862, his best hope was a Civil War victory in the heart of Tennessee.

R.H. Boyd Statue Stolen

R.H. Boyd Statue Stolen

December 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

A life size bronze statue of publisher R.H. Boyd has been stolen and detectives with Metro Police are offering a cash reward for information.

State Constitutions on Rare Display

State Constitutions on Rare Display

December 3, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Tennessee’s original, handwritten Constitutions will be exhibited later this week to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the state’s Supreme Court Building.

Timothy Demonbreun: Nashville’s Man of Mystery

Timothy Demonbreun: Nashville’s Man of Mystery

November 5, 2012 at 6:16 am

Demonbreun Street is named for Jacques-Timothée Boucher, Sieur de Montbrun–better known as Timothy Demonbreun. His Nashville story doesn’t begin on a battlefield or a plantation. It starts in a cave, hidden below an industrial park off Lebanon Pike.

Southern Festival Adds Emancipation Track

Southern Festival Adds Emancipation Track

October 12, 2012 at 6:00 am

Humanities Tennessee is gearing up for a series of statewide events about Civil Rights and the Civil War. It kicks off at this weekend’s Southern Festival of Books with a set of discussions, talks and readings marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Chance to See Historic Document Hinges on Lottery

September 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

The original Emancipation Proclamation is coming to the Tennessee State Museum for just seven days early next year. The only way for any school to schedule a field trip is to enter a lottery.

Fort Negley and the Hope of Freedom

Fort Negley and the Hope of Freedom

August 20, 2012 at 2:26 am

Listen Now: Nashville’s Fort Negley was built for war, and construction began 150 years ago this month. Union officers considered the stone fortress a show of strength and military might. Instead, the fort’s enduring story belongs to the black laborers, both slave and free, who were forced to build it.