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Early picture of an American Airlines plane

The Sky Has Never Been the Limit in Nashville

Considering how in our modern day and age, seeing (and hearing) airplanes regularly cross Nashville's skies does not appear to make us think twice, doesn't it make you wonder what life must have been like when the first forms of flight were being tested? I suppose to us, it would literally be like seeing pigs fly. Almost. Well Metro Archives is attempting to answer that question. Starting March 28th and running through May 31st, there will an exhibit in Metro Archives highlighting the advancement of aviation technology as Nashville experienced it.  

Senator Harper was a member of Metro Council from 1983 - 1991, prior to her election to the State Senate seat in 1991.

Shattering the TN State Senate Ceiling

In honor of African American History Month, I'm recognizing the first African American woman elected to the Tennessee State Senate—Senator Thelma Harper of District 19. Prior to her 1991 historic election to the State Senate, Harper served 8 years on Davidson County's Metro Council.  

Construction of Titan's Stadium began in May, 1997 - officially titled "Adelphia Coliseum"

BREAKGROUND TITANS!!!

Hard to believe it's been 18 years since the Titans' first game in their new home and in their new jerseys. Throughout many seasons, players, and a couple of coaches, the team has remained a hometown favorite (well, in my opinion - my favorite) and that includes its stadium. 20 years ago this May, construction began on the field that was initially crowned "Adelphia Coliseum." Would you believe Metro Archives has several photographs taken of the construction process? If you enjoy a little Titans nostalgia like I do, check out some of the best photos below. 

Cover of Rural Radio magazine

Radio Resources

The Special Collections Division holds a surprisingly wide array of resources about local radio stations and radio culture.

Avenge Pearl Harbor event_1942

A Date That's Lived in Infamy...75 years later

Tennessee stayed true to their nickname as the "volunteer state" after the attack on Pearl Harbor, that occured 75 years ago this month. Here are a few news clippings and photographs from the days after the attack.  

Human Rights Day 2016 logo

Human Rights Day

December 10th is Human Rights Day and the library has the information to help you answer "What is that?"

Welcome Home Parade held in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 1919

Remember, Remember the 11th of November

Though this was the first year that Metro Nashville Government closed for Veteran's Day, we've never neglected honoring the ever-important holiday. Check out some of the documents and memorabilia from Metro Archives.   

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