MARTIN, Tenn. – The 2016 Tennessee Great War Commission Symposium will be held at various West Tennessee locations Nov. 4-6. The symposium, hosted by the Tennessee Great War Commission, seeks to tell the story of the Volunteer State and its citizens during World War I. All events are free and open to the public.
An opening commemoration ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., Nov. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. The event will honor the men and women of Madison County who served in the Great War and include proclamations from Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris and city of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, as well as a carillon concert performance of patriotic songs.
The World War I Symposium will officially begin with registration at 8:30 a.m., Nov. 5, at the Casey Jones Railroad Museum in Jackson. Attendees will hear keynote speaker Dr. George Nash present on “Herbert Hoover, the U.S. Food Administration and Dr. J. A. H. Morgan” at 9:10. Nash is a widely recognized authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover and is the author of several books and journal articles on the subject.
The symposium will continue with a presentation by Dr. Tara Mitchell Mielnik, historian and preservation planner with the Metropolitan Nashville Historical Commission, at 10:15. Mielnik will give a lecture titled “Building Powder City: Old Hickory Village, Tennessee.”
Linda Wynn, a faculty member in the Department of History and Political Science at Fisk University, will conclude the morning program with a presentation titled “Black Communities in Tennessee.”
After lunch, attendees can tour an exhibit featuring trains from the World War I period at 12:15 p.m. and view a military exhibit and reenactment beginning at 1:30. The symposium will reconvene at 3 p.m. in Jackson’s Bemis Museum for a final presentation titled “The Bemus Mill in the Great War” by Dr. Nancy Parrish, adjunct professor at the University of Northern Ohio.read more
The Commission was established by the World War One Centennial Commission Act, part of Public Law 112-272 passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Obama on January 16, 2013 Public Law 112-272 passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Obama on January 16, 2013. The Commission is responsible for planning, developing, and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War One; encouraging private organizations and State and local governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the centennial of World War I; facilitating and coordinating activities throughout the United States relating to the centennial of World War One; serving as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and plans for the centennial of World War One; and developing recommendations for Congress and the President for commemorating the centennial of World War One. The Commissioners serve without pay.www.worldwar1centennial.org