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MTSU co-sponsors War of 1812 bicentennial symposium events

“Tennessee, the Atlantic World and the War of 1812,” a symposium to mark the bicentennial of the War of 1812, is scheduled to begin with registration at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in the auditorium of the Nashville Public Library Auditorium at 615 Church St.

Dr. Carroll Van West, director of MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation, organized the event. It is co-sponsored by the CHP, the Tennessee Historical Society, the Tennessee State Museum and Special Collections at the Nashville Public Library.

Nationally recognized scholars will discuss why the war is important and how Native Americans were affected as well as Tennessee’s role in the conflict.

Brochures produced by the CHP outlining a War of 1812 driving tour will be available at the symposium. The leaflets highlight more than 30 places and museums associated with the war.

In advance of the symposium, The Hermitage will celebrate Andrew Jackson’s birthday Thursday, March 15, with half-price admission. Teachers also may attend a Library of Congress workshop, “Teaching with Primary Sources across Tennessee, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Nashville Public Library.

Those who pre-register for the symposium may attend a reception and tour of a new exhibit, “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812,” on March 16 at the Tennessee State Museum, located at 505 Deaderick St. in Nashville.

Participants are welcome to register in advance by sending an email to the Tennessee Historical Society at info@tennesseehistory.org.

For more information, visit the CHP website at www.mtsuhistpres.org or call 615-898-2947.

– Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

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