Category: Historic site

Not All Were Rebels

LMU

Though President Lincoln never visited the area, we are told that he was deeply grateful to the Unionists of East Tennessee, whose loyalty was tested during the Civil War. General O.O. Howard, who spoke with Lincoln in 1863, came to speak at the nearby… Continue Reading “Not All Were Rebels”

TVA’s First Project

Norris Dam in East Tennessee

It’s hard to imagine the conditions of the Tennessee Valley before Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, was designed to bring flood control, navigation, and energy to the vast watershed. The Norris Dam was the very first of TVA’s… Continue Reading “TVA’s First Project”

Appalachian Artifacts & Lore

“I just plain hated the idea of that object being hauled to Terre Haute or Dayton and made into a table completely removed from the context of the region, and from the people who made it and used it.” Thus spoke John Rice Irwin,… Continue Reading “Appalachian Artifacts & Lore”

March of the “Clinton 12”

Fifty-two years ago, 12 young people from East Tennessee walked into history and changed the world. And yet their struggle was little-noted, nor long-remembered until another motivated band formed the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision… Continue Reading “March of the “Clinton 12””

Secret City History

Leslie Groves had a pretty big job already. As a colonel in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers, he had overall responsibility for the construction of the Pentagon. As a highly-disciplined peacetime officer, his management skills were valued by the War Department. But they… Continue Reading “Secret City History”