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February 2017

Songs of Freedom: An Interactive Kid’s Program

February 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Bring your kids for a fun and educational performance of “Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History,” with the national production company Bright Star Theatre! From the work songs of slavery (“Hoe Emma Hoe”) and the hymns of the Underground Railroad (“Follow the Drinking Gourd”) to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, actor/singers will tell the stories behind these famous and forgotten hymns, work songs and musical styles from across continents, genres…

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Researching African-American Family History & Genealogy

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Interested in discovering your family’s roots?  Wanting to preserve your family’s mementos and photographs? Join us for a FREE afternoon workshop on genealogy and preservation at The Nashville Public Library! The African-American Historical & Genealogical Society will be discussing how to get started with your genealogy research and some of the resources available. Following the presentation, AAHGS members as well as researchers from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be on hand to meet with individuals and answer specific…

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Slavery in the White House with Jesse Holland

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Author Jesse J. Holland will speak on his latest historical work The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African-American Slaves in the White House. As the first book to tell the story of the enslaved residents who built and lived in our nation’s most recognizable home. Mr. Holland will highlight some of the untold stories of these men and women, especially those who came from Tennessee during the presidencies of Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk. The lecture will be followed…

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Annual Memorial Service

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for our annual commemoration of those enslaved here at The Hermitage and throughout the country. The service will feature The Princely Players performing a musical timeline of African-American music, from arrival to emancipation. The performance will conclude with a procession to the enslaved memorial “Follow the Drinking Gourd” behind Hermitage Church. 150 flowers will be laid, marked with the names of all those known to have been enslaved at The Hermitage. Hot chocolate will be served following the…

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March 2017
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Exploring Your Scots-Irish Genealogy

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join The Hermitage as we host the Ulster Historical Foundation of Belfast, Northern Ireland and explore the Irish and Scots-Irish roots of Middle Tennessee. Whether you are a beginner interested in starting your own family research, or a skilled genealogist, everyone will enjoy this evening workshop with Ulster’s expert researchers as they dive into the many resources available for discovering your roots. The challenges of tracing emigrant Scots-Irish ancestors in the years 1750 to 1850 (approximately the period of President…

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President Jackson’s 250th Birthday Celebration

March 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Half-Price Admission Rain or Shine 9:00 am New Orientation Film & Theatre Debut 10:15 am Pre-Ceremony Music 11:00 am Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Jackson’s Tomb Join us for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of General Andrew Jackson, featuring the Tennessee National Guard, regulars of the US 7th infantry, and keynote speaker General Keith Hubert. 12:00 pm Complimentary Birthday Cake Stop by for a complimentary slice of Birthday Cake with President Jackson. Guests will also get to view the winning…

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Jackson Education Day

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Help General Andrew Jackson celebrate his 250th birthday with a special day of all his favorite things. Activities designed specifically for K-12 audiences include horse racing, military life, and even chocolate! Listen to the Founding Fathers pay their birthday greetings to our seventh president and make a wreath to hang at Jackson’s tomb. The day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Stay for as long as you like! Highlights include: Meet Presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas…

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An Evening With Five Presidents

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate President Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday with the Founding Fathers of our country! History will come to life as you mingle with Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, and our own President Jackson, and hear them share the share challenges and highlights of their time in office. Learn about the legacy Jackson inherited from these extraordinary men, and how he shaped the role of the presidency for future generations. Guests will have a chance to hear them…

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War of 1812 Military Encampment

March 17 @ 8:00 am - March 18 @ 5:00 pm

Honoring General Jackson’s 250th birthday, come and experience an authentic recreation of a militia encampment during the War of 1812. Featuring over 150 costumed interpreters organized by the United States 7th Infantry Living History Association, guests can wander through the rows of canvas tents and experience a wide variety of people and activities. Talk with Tennessee Militia recruits about their experiences, hear from native American allies about their complex relationships with the United States and rival nations, listen to famous…

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War of 1812 Campfire Tour

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience the War of 1812 by campfire at this exclusive one-night-only event!  Featuring a 150-person encampment with the United States 7th Infantry, guests will be guided on a 45-minute lantern walking tour throughout the militia camp and learn about the War of 1812.  Get a chance to hear from militia soldiers, Native American allies, famous historical figures, and the General himself as they fight to secure American freedom against the British. Complimentary hot chocolate is included. Tours will depart from…

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