Red Clay State Historic Park To Host Teacher Workshop About Cherokee History In This Region

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Friends of Red Clay and Red Clay State Historic Park will host “An Historic Tour through Cherokee Lands,” workshops for area K – 12 public, private and home school teachers on Tuesday, June 17, and Tuesday, July 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The workshop is designed to assist teachers in interpreting the history and culture of the Native Cherokee who once inhabited the Southeastern region of the United States. 

“We have planned a day full of activities that are both entertaining and educational,” says Tammera Hicks, President of Friends of Red Clay. “Each of our presenters has an extensive background about the regional Cherokee history and are either current or retired teachers, themselves. We are delighted to have such excellent speakers agree to participate in the workshop. We even have a surprise or two in store for those in attendance!” 

The morning session will begin with Dr. Mike Toomey, chairman of the History Department at Lincoln Memorial University, who will provide information about the effects and influences the “European Invasion” had on the Cherokee people and the possible role these influences may have played in the infamous Indian Removal Act of 1830. 

Next, Anita Finger-Smith, genealogist and researcher for the Cherokee Genealogy Services, will present an overview of the significant Cherokee historical sites found within the region. She will share ways teachers can group these sites together to provide educational field trips about the Cherokee history for their students. 

During the afternoon, several fun activities have been planned to complement the overall educational experience. A catered lunch will be served in the upper pavilion at Red Clay and will include an opportunity for teachers to sample Native Cherokee cuisine. Exhibitors from the area’s Cherokee historical sites and attractions will be set up at the Interpretive Center to share information, pass out literature and answer questions about their particular site. Live demonstrations on weaving methods, blow gun and the flintlock rifle will also take place during the afternoon break. 

Following lunch, Erin Medley, Red Clay State Historic Park Manager, will lead an interpretive tour around the park grounds expounding upon the history, the many unique features found throughout the park and the role the park played in the Cherokee Trail of Tears. 

The workshop will conclude with an afternoon session focusing on Cherokee Myths and Legends led by iconic storytellers Kathi Littlejohn and Freeman Owle. The storytellers will illustrate the many myths and legends which have been passed down through numerous generations. These stories have long been a way of teaching the young many of life’s important lessons and have become a great influence in the cultural behavior of individuals, groups and communities. Great care has been taken to maintain the purity of such traditions.


Lee’s Celebration 2016 To Be A Community Event

Lee University will host hundreds of guests, alumni, and community leaders on Friday, Sept. 30, for Celebration 2016, planned as a “festive and colorful day” commemorating another two years of university progress.  The event will recognize the success of the five-year “Find Us Faithful” Campaign including the opening of Lee’s new School of Nursing building and further development ... (click for more)

Baylor To Honor 7 During Headmaster's Award Service

Baylor will honor seven members of the school community during the Headmaster's Awards and Memorial Chapel Service on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the school’s Alumni Weekend festivities.  The Honorable W. Neil Thomas III (class of 1962) is this year's recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award; Kelly Nation and Leyden Pugh (class of 1985) will receive the John T. ‘Buddy’ ... (click for more)

Highway 58 Man Charged In Fatal Hit And Run In Dayton, Tn.

A Highway 58 man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run of a Rhea County man.   Walter Hale was badly injured and later died after he was struck in Dayton.   Authorities were led to Douglas Edward Alvey, 52, through video from the We Care business in Dayton, where the 60-year-old victim worked.   After officers with the Dayton ... (click for more)

Man, 78, Found Dead With Gunshot Wound To The Chest At Residence On Central Avenue

A 78-year-old man has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest at a residence on Central Avenue. Chattanooga Police were called to the 1900 block of Central Avenue on Thursday at 10:08 a.m. Upon arrival, Chattanooga Police officers located George Garth deceased. At this time there is no suspect information available. Chattanooga Violent Crimes Bureau investigators ... (click for more)

Patrol Car Donation To The Nation Of Islam Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Re: City Police donating two patrol cars to Kevin Muhammad's Nation of Islam: While I know it's unpopular to mention the wisdom of separation of church and state, this sets a dangerous precedent and should meet with concern from everyone who values religious and secular freedom. What's next? Southern Baptists getting old city parking scooters to patrol church parking lots ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Official State Rifle

There was a noticeable crowd of free-thinkers who ran around like so many “Chicken Littles” back in February when “the hicks” in the state legislature named a gun that is made only in Tennessee as the Official State Rifle. As we seem to always find out afterwards, the goofs who are quick to make such liberal racket have no earthy concept of reality or purpose. In the tiny town ... (click for more)