Nashville / Community History

James Robert Garrett, Jr. yearbook photo

Memorial Bibles, Lives Remembered

Something about old Bibles has always intrigued me. The "family pages" carefully chronicle the story of those who create the records the Archives carefully protects. Stories of beginnings, births, baptisms, and deaths comprising the framework of lives well lived.

Mayor Fulton speaking at Centennial Park at the 1984 Olympians' Salute

The 1996 Nashville Olympics....Say What?

Did you know that Nashville has a history with the Olympics? It's not a big one mind you, but it exists. Today, we recognize the 1996 Olympics as the last Summer Olympics that any U.S. city hosted, and that was in Atlanta (Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002). But what about Nashville? A lot of people might think we're too small and don't have the infrastructure, but that wasn't the concern many years ago when Nashville put together a pretty strong campaign to host the 1996 Olympics. 

Front cover of 1969-70 Bailey School PTA yearbook

Bailey School PTA

As another school year begins, thousands of parents will reconvene together with local schoolteachers in parent-teacher organizations and associations.

Current location for the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross - Charlotte Ave

History of the Nashville Chapter of the American Red Cross, Pt. 2

Everyone is familiar with the name and what they are most known for, but do you really know about the history of the American Red Cross? Specifically, the history of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. This is part two of their story (explained as brief as possible) discussing their involvement during the second world war and the many years after. 

Old sign by American Red Cross requesting more people to join the organization.

History of Nashville's Chapter of the American Red Cross, Pt. 1

The Red Cross is a storied and dedicated organization that spans decades, continents, wars, and various disasters. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton. And though the Nashville Chapter received their official charter in 1917, their relief work for local troops and citizens began long before then. In honor of their dedicated service, next month, Metro Archives will be exhibiting artifacts and documents from our American Red Cross collection. This is part 1 of their history, stay tuned next month for part 2.

East Nashville Fire aftermath

The Great East Nashville Fire

On March 22, 1916, a fire raged through East Nashville. By the end of day, more than 600 homes and businesses were destroyed by fire over 35 city blocks.

Rocket crew in action during Korean War

PTSD Awareness Month

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness month, and the Special Collections Division has numerous veterans' stories which discuss this issue.

Young Tichenor performing with a marionette.

Puppet Master - Tom Tichenor

Tom Tichenor continues to influence Nashville's libraries and communities through his imaginative hand-made puppets and love of performing.

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