We Nurture Tennessee’s Communities

Humanities Tennessee conducts and supports public humanities programming across the state. We focus on local history, literary arts, and civic life, and our work sparks conversations and builds stronger communities across Tennessee. Click any of the buttons to the right to explore our programs and events and learn how you can get involved.



The Pink Palace Family of Museums presents Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community, an exhibit celebrating the city’s bicentennial. The exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past, present, and form the basis for our future. The Making Memphis exhibit illustrates how the threads of Memphis history form a larger Learn More…

TENNESSEE WATERS at Johnsonville State Historic Park

Tennessee Waters: Shaping Our Land, Our Lives, and Our Future is a statewide touring panel exhibit about water’s impact on our lives, our history, and our society. Presented by Humanities Tennessee, the Tennessee Historical Society, and the Albert Gore Research Center. The exhibit will be on display at Johnsonville State Historic Park from April 18-June 1, Learn More…

“Waters Ever Flowing: Tennessee Rivers Shaping a Region” Presentation

Dan Eagar, Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program, and Ann Toplovich, Tennessee Historical Society, will present on how water has shaped the biological and human history of TN and how past and present uses of, and impacts on, water are shaping our state today while affecting the future. This presentation is in support of the Tennessee Waters exhibit, Learn More…

Mr. Lincoln’s Brown Water Navy

Enjoy a living history program focused upon Federal Naval operation during the Civil War and the power of water to move the ships that traveled the Tennessee River. This program is in support of the Tennessee Waters exhibits, on display at Johnsonville State Historic Park from April 18-June 1, 2019. Visit the park’s website for more Learn More…

“Visionary by Design: Contemplating a New Century of Innovation in the TN River Valley” Discussion

Led by Dr. Brad Collett, discussion participants will consider speculative, visionary, and collaborative stewardship of the Valley’s resources and its legacy of leadership and innovation into the next century. Audience will also consider their own community’s interaction with its water features and provide input regarding priorities for the future. This program is in support the Tennessee Learn More…

Chapter 16

A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers and Passersby

Chapter16.org is a daily online publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee authors, literary news, and public readings; it also serves as the state’s virtual Center for the Book.

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