Downtown Nashville

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!

young karaoke star

Banner Clippings: Cowpokes and Sing-alongs

One of our most-utilized resources here in Special Collections is the Nashville Banner clippings: articles about every aspect of Nashville life from the 1950s through the 1990s. In this post, I use Banner clippings to tell you the story of two popular types of night spot entertainment: mechanical bull riding and karaoke!

xmas wrapping

Happy Holidays Remembered

In the 1950s and 60s, Church Street was a bustling shopping center that truly went all out for the holiday season. A pop-up exhibit of vintage ads and Nashville Banner photos of downtown Christmas Cheer will greet everyone who enters Main’s lobby this December!

Statue of Edward Ward Carmack on south side of the State Capitol.

Across the Muddy Chasm

Anyone that's ever walked down Charlotte Ave, right next to the Capitol, is familar with the statues surrounding its borders (or maybe you're not, that's possible too). But if you are, Sam Davis is on the southwest corner and Sgt. Alvin C. York is on the southeast. But are you familiar with who's standing in the middle, somewhat leering over all who walk beneath him? Or better yet, why he's there?

1989 SFoB poster

Southern Festival of Books returns to NPL for 30th Anniversary

Every October, the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word, turns our “it city” into “lit city.” With three days of thoughtful, exciting programming, this event has long been a fall-time favorite, appealing to more than just bookworms. I investigated the roots of this community-building festival using primary and secondary sources from NPL Special Collections.

View of Legislative Plaza during the Summer Lights Festival - 1993.

A Celebration of the Heart and Soul: The Summer Lights Festival

In celebration of the Library's Summer Challenge theme of "Being a Reading Rockstar," this month's Nashville history post takes a look back at the arts' festival that used to entertain the streets of Nashville long before Lightning 100's "Live on the Green" was around...

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