From its earliest days, Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, began to receive and put on display Civil War and Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, located on the LMU campus, houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country. The museum’s Curator and Archivist will utilize archival materials as real world examples and will show how archival materials help historians build an accurate and personal view of Civil War events.
In the first session, artifacts and paper documents will aid discussion of "Iron on the War.” This is the story of the Monitor and Virginia and the battle at Hampton Roads, encounter which changed naval warfare.
The second session, "Fortress in the Mountains" will review the story, strategy, and tactics of the conflict over the Cumberland Gap, which was really a series of battles. The museum recently purchased a collection of documents related to this “battle” and has developed an educational DVD, in partnership with Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and FamFive Productions, about the Civil War at Cumberland Gap. Artifacts will include firearms used by both sides and their manufacture and distribution will be described.
The third session will be about "Creating an Exhibit." Instructors will explain the process of putting an exhibit together including selecting the artifacts, writing the story line, and selecting titles and captions.
Steven M. Wilson has served two stints as Director or Assistant Director/Curator at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, the first in 1987-91 and now from 1998-present. In the interim he worked with the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Wyoming, the National Firearms Museum and the Outagamie County Historical Museum in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mr. Wilson also had the pleasure of working as Research Assistant for Alex Haley from 1985-87. He has a BA in History from LMU and an MA in Historic Preservation from UT-Knoxville and has written several books of fiction with settings in the Civil War and WWII.
Michelle Ganz received her BA from Ohio State in 2003 and her MLIS from the University of Arizona in 2006. She holds an Archivist Certification and has been the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum since 2007.
Three sessions: Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:40 a.m., June 11, 18 and 25
The final course of this series will focus on architecture, interiors, and furniture of the 20th century, including the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Destyjl, Bauhaus, Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern, and Post Modern.
SueAnne Lewis was an instructor of interior design at Pellissippi State Technical Community College until her retirement in 2011. She has worked as an interior design consultant specializing in design for older people. She holds an MS in interior design with a minor in gerontology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. As a professional, most of her work has been in healthcare design. She has taught ORICL courses in the history of residential architecture and interiors and has spoken to several local groups on designing for older people. She is a native of Oak Ridge.
Six sessions: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:40 a.m., June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7 and 14
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