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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.  

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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.   

The Parthenon in Centennial Park during the winter time - circa early 20th century

Nashville Family Collection - Can you locate where these pictures were taken?

Metro Archives recently received a small donation of documents/photographs/clippings for a couple of local Nashville families' vertical files. The families that are related by marriage are the McClanahans and the Weakley - 2 families that I found after a little research, have prominent roots in Nashville. The photographs donated date to around the early 20th century and are without doubt, very remarkable. However, many came without a caption or any identifiers at all, and they're not all in Nashville. The families appeared to have traveled a lot. Can you help us out and help identify a few of these locations?  

Theater poster from 1880s

Nashville Theatrics, 1888

A scrapbook attributed to a member of the Whalley family provides a rare and unique glimpse into Nashville's theatrical history.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader...in 1916?

The educational system in Nashville has changed quite a bit over the years, but the core subjects have always remained at the forefront of teaching. But with a few changes, would you have excelled if you had been in school about 100 years ago?

Life Periodical 1957, Little Rock

Little Rock Revisited

The 59th remembrance of a courageous action is coming upon us. Take some time to remember, or learn, about one of the most well-known events involving school desegregation in the South: the Little Rock Crisis.

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