Tennesseans take great pride in their magnificent State Capitol building. Architecturally, it is one of America’s premier statehouses and still the working home of state government. Its builders believed in the classical ideal of a democracy informed by learning and saw themselves as the heirs to that tradition. They sought to embody lofty aspirations in this public structure.
On Saturday, July 13, the Tennessee State Library & Archives will host a free workshop entitled “Grounded in Tradition: The Tennessee State Capitol” by Assistant State Archivist Dr. Wayne Moore.
Hear the stories of those who labored on the Capitol, from the unpaid prisoners to William Strickland himself, from 19th century African American stonecutters and Irish masons to the 21st century Rock City crews. These and other new facts about the Capitol emerge from the wealth of records at the State Library & Archives.
Dr. Wayne Moore has employed these original sources and images from the collections of the Library & Archives to write a new history of Tennessee’s finest historic building.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m to 11 a.m. CDT Saturday, July 13, in the Library & Archives auditorium. The Library & Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available around the Library & Archives building.