Education News for August 2023

Plan and profiles of Fort Loudoun on the Tanasee River, projected and constructed by John Gerar William de Brahm 

This primary source is a black-and-white photographic plate that presents cartographer and engineer John Gerar William de Brahm's plan for Fort Loudoun, along with a profile (the elevation or ground-level view) of the completed structure as he envisioned it.
Fort Loudoun was an early colonial fort located on the banks of the Little Tennessee River near the Cherokee capital of "Chota" in present-day Monroe County, TN. Interest in establishing a fort in Cherokee territory with the goal of improving diplomatic and trade relationships between the British colonists and the Cherokee had existed since the 1740s. Constructed in 1756-57 during the French and Indian War, the fort was intended to be a self-sufficient military outpost for the British on the Western Frontier. However, the fort's inhabitants depended on friendly relations with the Cherokee for an adequate supply of food. The fort was named in honor of John Campbell, the 4th Earl of Loudoun and commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America at the time of the fort's construction.
In March 1760, as relations between the British forces, colonists, and the Cherokee declined, the Cherokee laid siege to the fort cutting off outside supplies. In the summer of 1760, the British garrison abandoned the fort and attempted to go to South Carolina. The Cherokee attacked, killing the soldiers and their families and taking the fort. Although the garrison and fort were lost, the original mission of keeping the Cherokee from supporting the French cause in the early years of the war had been served. 
This source meets the 4.03, 8.13, and TN.06 Tennessee social studies standards.

Turning Points in History:  Using Language Arts & Social Studies Standards to Explore Moments of Change

We are excited to announce our 2023-2024 teacher workshop series,"Turning Points in History: Using Language Arts & Social Studies Standards to Explore Moments of Change." This workshop series will feature activities and primary sources corresponding to the Tennessee Social Studies Standards and English Language Arts Standards. 
Workshops will be held in ten locations across Tennessee. Visit our website for registration information. Workshop dates run from September 2023-June 2024.

New Resource! Activity Bank for Grades 4 - 12

The resources in our new Activity Bank may be useful to educators and students exploring Tennessee history, American history, and the use of primary sources in the classroom. Resources include short activities, DocsBox information, digital breakouts, and primary sources. We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in your classroom! 
The development of this Activity Bank is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at
For questions or suggestions for resources to include, please contact us at

2023-2024 School Year DocsBox Reservations 

Our DocsBoxes are free-to-use educational teaching kits filled with primary sources and 3-D objects for a hands-on exploration for your classes! Topics include the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Cotton, Woman Suffrage, Civil Rights, 4th Grade Review, 5th Grade Review, 8th Grade Review, and more! Each DocsBox includes activities created by current classroom teachers and all the materials needed.
Each DocsBox has a two-week reservation period. If multiple teachers in a school want to use the DocsBox, it can be reserved for an additional week. This additional week must be confirmed in the original reservation.

Click here to view the appropriate DocsBox calendar for availability and to make your reservation.

Tennessee Blue Book:  A History of Tennessee - Student Edition 

Tennessee History teachers, check out the Tennessee Blue Book:  A History of Tennessee - Student Edition for student-friendly text, primary sources, discussion questions, and assessment quizzes that tell the story of the great state of Tennessee! Students may now take the chapter quizzes online.
This online resource features nine chapters beginning with "The Land and Native People and ending with Modern Tennessee." 

Note to Educators:  If you would like the answer key to these assessments, please email from a school-based address.

Tennessee Council for History Education Conference 2023

Join the Tennessee Council for History Education (TNCHE) for their annual conference. “Civil Discourse in a Not So Civil World” will take place on Wednesday, September 27, at the Scarritt Bennett Conference Center in Nashville.
Joe Schmidt, director of programs at the Bill of Rights Institute, will be the keynote speaker, and Jessica Ellison, executive director of the National Council for History Education, will serve as the opening speaker. The conference will also feature engaging breakout sessions and an educator poster session. 

Click here for registration information and more details.

Our mission is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness and accountability in a customer-centered environment.
Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube
Subscribe to our email list.