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…

An Interview with Robert Elvington

During this one hour video, filmed in 2013, former Johnsonville resident Robert Elvington shares memories of Old Johnsonville before it was flooded with the impoundment of the Tennessee River. The video will screen on April 19th and 20th at 11am and 2pm. This event is in support of the Tennessee Waters exhibit, on display at Johnsonville Learn More…

Salon@615 with Kwame Alexander

Salon@615 is thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander for a celebration of his new picture book, The Undefeated, as well as the paperback releases of The Crossover and Booked. This free event will take place at Collins Auditorium at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:15pm. Please click here to find full event details and Learn More…

“Folklife of Tennessee Waterways” with Dr. Roby Cogswell

Using historic images and recent photography, Dr. Roby Cogswell will explore the role of waterways in defining the cultural history and landscape of Tennessee River folk traditions that have shaped our state’s history and continue to influence our state’s economy, transportation, and way of life. This event is in support of the Tennessee Waters exhibit, on display 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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