“Through furniture, we’ll uncover the history of our region and gain an appreciation for our rich material heritage.”
Historians are not limited to studying letters, diaries, and the written word to understand the past; they can use a variety of things including everyday items! Dr. Angela Keaton from Tusculum University’s history department will explore that very idea with her presentation, “Uninhabited Wasteland and Refuge for Criminals: Re-evaluating the East Tennessee Frontier with Material Culture.” According to Dr. Keaton, through her presentation “we will explore the ‘backcountry’ of east Tennessee in the late 18th and early 19th centuries using material culture as our guide.” She will investigate a range of objects including corner cupboards from Limestone, a Greeneville mahogany table, a Jonesborough desk, and many other local pieces. The program starts at 6:30 pm, and is free and open to the public.
History Happy Hour is a collaborative program held at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum in Jonesborough. The programs are on the third Thursday each month at 6:30 pm from March through October. The complete 2019 schedule can be found online and at the museum.
The Chester Inn is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site. This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission