History Happy Hour is wrapping up its Spring schedule! This month’s program features history professor Susanna Webb from Walters State Community College. She will be speaking about James Gettys McGready Ramsey, better known as J.G.M. Ramsey. Ramsey was a major advocate for development in East Tennessee, and he led efforts to bring railroad access to the region. As the son of a prominent Tennessee Statesman, Ramsey encountered many of the State’s important political figures, giving him a unique historical perspective on Tennessee’s early years. He played an integral role as a Tennessee historian, and his most important work, The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the 18th Century, provided an in depth account of early Tennessee history.
A resident of Knoxville, he was an ardent supporter of the Confederacy, and he was forced to flee the area during the war. Published in 1853, The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the 18th Century is an invaluable account of many of the State’s early historical events, especially considering that many of the documents on which it was based were destroyed during the Civil War. His seminal work was both heralded and criticized. The presentation will be at 6:30 pm at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum in Jonesborough. There will be refreshments, and the program is free and open to the public.
History Happy Hour is a collaborative program that features speakers and researchers from various local organizations, museums, and schools. Presenters for 2018 include independent researchers, National Park Service rangers, professors, and museum professionals from across the region. The programs are on the third Thursday each month at 6:30 pm.