Tennessee's Original State Constitutions On Display For One Day Only

Friday, May 28, 2021

Tennessee's three original constitutions will be on display at the Tennessee State Library and Archives on Tuesday, June 1, to mark our state's 225th birthday.

In addition to viewing Tennessee's founding documents, guests can explore interactive exhibits and take a tour of the new Library and Archives building located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. on the northeast corner of the Bicentennial Mall State Park in Nashville. The free Statehood Day event is from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT. Tours begin every half hour from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are not required.

"The Library and Archives' Statehood Day event is an incredible opportunity for Tennesseans to see up close these historic documents that provide the foundation for our state government," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.

The Library and Archives, a division of the Department of State, is responsible for collecting and preserving books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, focusing on items related to Tennessee. Tennessee’s constitutions are the highest valued and most historically significant items in the collection.

Tennessee’s first constitution came into effect on June 1, 1796, concurrent with Tennessee's admission as the 16th state of the Union. A second version of the constitution was adopted in 1835 and provided for a state supreme court. Tennessee’s third constitution was adopted in 1870, after the Civil War, and is still in use today. Our current constitution stood unamended until 1953, which was the longest period that any such document remained in effect without amendment anywhere in the world.

“The Library and Archives strives to preserve the past and make it accessible for current and future generations,” said Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee state librarian and archivist. “We are excited to share our state’s three constitutions and our incredible new building with our guests on Statehood Day."

The Library and Archives is joining Bicentennial Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum for various events to celebrate Tennessee’s 225th Statehood Day.

Bicentennial Mall State Park is celebrating Statehood Day and its 25th anniversary on June 1 with a special event at 10 a.m. in the Amphitheater followed by guided tours and educational programs led by park rangers. For more information about the 25th-anniversary celebration, visit tnstateparks.info/BiMall25thAnn.

On Statehood Day, the Tennessee State Museum will offer self-guided tours and an online exhibition of their new exhibit Tennessee at 225: Highlights from the Collection, storytime and crafts for kids, a presentation by State Historian Dr. Carroll Van West, a commemorative printmaking demonstration and a virtual Tennessee trivia night. Learn more at tnmuseum.org/TN225.

For the latest information from the Library and Archives, follow their social media channels: Facebook: Tennessee State Library and Archives and Instagram: @tnlibarchives and the Secretary of State's Twitter account: @SecTreHargett.


Tennessee's Original State Constitutions On Display For One Day Only

George Little Painting Of Union Depot Finds New Home At Florence, Ala.

Secretary Of State Works with Tennessee General Assembly Members Of Washington County To Find Pathway Of Return For State’s First Deed Book


Tennessee's three original constitutions will be on display at the Tennessee State Library and Archives on Tuesday, June 1, to mark our state's 225th birthday. In addition to viewing Tennessee's ... (click for more)

A painting by iconic Chattanooga artist George Little of the Union Station has found a new home with a railroad lover in Florence, Ala. John Bonney, who is originally from England, has ... (click for more)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett will be delivering a historic copy of Washington County’s first property records to Jonesborough on June 1, a date which also marks the 225th anniversary of Tennessee’s ... (click for more)



Memories

Tennessee's Original State Constitutions On Display For One Day Only

Tennessee's three original constitutions will be on display at the Tennessee State Library and Archives on Tuesday, June 1, to mark our state's 225th birthday. In addition to viewing Tennessee's founding documents, guests can explore interactive exhibits and take a tour of the new Library and Archives building located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. on the northeast corner ... (click for more)

George Little Painting Of Union Depot Finds New Home At Florence, Ala.

A painting by iconic Chattanooga artist George Little of the Union Station has found a new home with a railroad lover in Florence, Ala. John Bonney, who is originally from England, has been living in the USA for over 20 years. He says of his train passion, "My hobbies are railroads and model railroads, and I have traveled all over the world by train, including from Seattle, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Health Department No Longer Making Appointments For COVID-19 Vaccine; Gives Guidance For Lost Vaccination Record Cards And Upcoming Vaccination Schedule

The Hamilton County Health Department is no longer making appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals may drive up to the Tennessee Riverpark vaccination site during operating hours to receive their first or second dose of the vaccine. “We want to make this process as easy as possible so that we can eliminate barriers to getting vaccinated,” says Health Department Administrator ... (click for more)

Collegedale Police Save Overdose Victim

Collegedale police responded to the Integra Hills apartment complex on Thursday after receiving reports of an unconscious person. When they arrived at the residence, the officers discovered that the victim had overdosed on opiates. She wasn’t breathing and no pulse could be found. The officers immediately began CPR and administered NARCAN to the victim. Collegedale officers ... (click for more)

Opinion

What If?

What if, those 2,500 plus folks who signed the petition against Planned Parenthood coming into our public schools would mentor just one child? What if, those hundreds of folks who showed up at last month’s school board meeting to demand removal of mask would mentor just one child? What if, the dozens of folks that I get emails and letters from each week opposing critical race theory ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Mississippi’s Lee Sanderlin finished dead-last in his fantasy football pool with his buddies and, per the rules, had to spent 24 straight hours inside a neighborhood Waffle House to discipline his mind for the 2021 season. However, there was a proviso – for every waffle that Lee ate an hour would be deducted from the 24-hours at the restaurant. He ate two waffles when he got ... (click for more)