Nashville / Community History

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Flying Women

Nashville's history with theatre and the performing arts is long and storied. You can find treasure after treasure documenting this history in NPL Special Collections. On May 25, Special Collections is playing its own role in the story.

Picture of Margaret Rhea Seddon holding a Tennessee sign, in space

Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon - One of the First Women to Touch the Stars

This spring, as we read the 2019 Nashville Reads book Hidden Figures, and reimagine our country’s history together, there’s no better place than Nashville Public Library to explore the "hidden figures" in our own local history. Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is one of these local hidden figures with an incredible story about reaching the stars.

News clipping from January, 1929, Evening Tennessean - showing the courtroom during the trial.

Nashville's Tragic Tale of Two Lovers

It's the month of love (well the end of it, but close enough) and therefore that also sometimes means heartbreak, so check out this unfortunate story from Nashville's past (about 90 years ago), about a love affair gone horribly wrong. 

YWCA Blue Triangle

YWCA Blue Triangle Branch Collection

The Nashville Room has a small exhibit of photographs to celebrate the availability of a new collection documenting the activities of the YWCA Blue Triangle Branch. Come see our resources!

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