Nashville / Community History

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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Anniversary of Nashville Metropolitan Government

53 years ago, the government that Nashville now knows well as the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County was implemented, consolidating 2 separately-operating governments into one. Learn a little more about that consolidation process and how it has defined us as a city today.

Bookmobile parked outside of the Parthenon in Nashville

Libraries Transform - the Past

This week is National Library Week, and the American Library Association has selected "Libraries Transform" as its theme. While the Nashville Public Library has received widespread recognition in recent years, we have a long history of innovation and outreach to our community.

1882 Closing Exercises for the Nashville College for Young Ladies

A Little Old School for Women's History Month

I transferred to the Archives a month ago and I've been trying to learn all that I can about the Archive's collections. One of the coolest collections I recently stumbled upon is the small collection we have for the Nashville College for Young Ladies. In honor of Women's History Month, what better topic to discuss than women's education?

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