Nashville / Community History

The Three Stooges at the Police Show from November, 1962

Who doesn't love looking at old photos?

Soooo this year has started off rather interestingly...and by interesting I mean NOT GREAT, so far. So instead of writing a whole bunch of historic info, I'm just giving you all photos this month. These are some of my favorites from our collection that I hope may bring a smile to some of your faces. 

Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown - the female African American surgeon in the South and first female African American in the Tennessee General Assembly

Nashville Women Whose Names You Should Know

In honor of African American History Month, and to highlight a few individuals in Metro Archives' new display on Nashville women, this blog post is dedicated to a few notable women of Music City.

Sign used by the US District Court, closing businesses selling liquor due to the National Prohibition Act

The Death of John Barleycorn: Prohibition in Nashville

2020 is an important anniversary year for a couple of reasons. Most notably is the 19th Amendment, which we'll be celebrating with a new permanent exhibit in Special Collections (in addition to a few other temporary exhibits in the building). But another important Amendment went into effect 100 years ago this month that had a long-lasting impact on the country, and that's Prohibition.

Advertisement for coal from the US Fuel Administration

Handkerchiefs at the Ready!

This time of year may mostly be associated with the various holidays we celebrate, but it's also well-associated with cold, awful weather (except for these past few weeks) and keeping ourselves warm with our HVAC systems. However, there was a time in Nashville's past that staying warm also meant being covered in soot as well. 

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