Education News for March 2023

America depends on the farmer!

This primary source is a World War II-era poster, created by the Agricultural Extension Service at the University of Tennessee. It delivers a message that in order for America to succeed in the war, the farmer must do his part. The poster features an image of a farmer and his family carrying a bushel of produce and "A Farmer's Wartime Creed." The creed includes ten “I Will” statements reflective of the wartime attitude toward rationing, efficiency, and support of  community. 

This source meets the 5.20 and US.55 Tennessee social studies standards.

Visit our website for more primary sources on this era of history, World War II.

Discover Tennessee History Educator Survey Teachers! We need your feedback!

The Tennessee State Library & Archives and our partners in the Discover Tennessee History consortium are exploring ways to better serve teachers in Tennessee. We understand the classroom environment has changed in the last few years. Therefore we would like to hear from all of you on what professional development you may need for the classroom. In order to do this, we are conducting a survey to ask teachers about their current needs. If you’ve not already done so, please complete this survey so we can gather the data, evaluate it, and implement new strategies in an effort to improve resources for educators.  

Tennessee Talks:  Piecing Together Tennessee History

“Tennessee Talks: Piecing Together Tennessee History” is a webinar series presented by the Tennessee State Library & Archives. Each month, beginning in November 2022 and running through April 2023, teachers will have an opportunity to listen and engage with Library & Archives staff and history teachers from across the state.

Teachers can expect to explore innovative ways to teach primary sources that keep students engaged with the Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum Standards. These hour-long sessions will be at 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern.

Participants must register for each webinar individually.

Click here for a description of each webinar and to register.               

Questions? Email

This webinar series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at

Women's History Month

Since 1987, Women's History Month has been celebrated annually during the month of March. Contributions of women to events in United States history and modern-day society are highlighted for the entire month of March.

Women of all backgrounds played vital roles in shaping the history of Tennessee. This primary source, Ready for Work at Box Factory, shows two women from the Old Hickory (TN) Powder Plant Box Factory.  Women worked in factories during World War I because many American men were drafted into military service. This created a labor shortage and women needed to work in industries where they would have been denied employment prior to World War I.

Trailblazing Tennesseans:  People Who Made History in the Volunteer State

Please join us for our 2022-2023 teacher workshop series, Trailblazing Tennesseans: People Who Made History in the Volunteer State. This workshop series will feature activities and primary sources corresponding to the Tennessee Social Studies Standards.

Visit our website for registration information.

Discover Tennessee History Webinar Series

The Discover Tennessee History Consortium is offering a seven-part webinar series for the 2022-2023 school year. Each month from September 2022 through March 2023, one of our partner organizations will provide a one-hour session exploring topics in Tennessee history with related primary sources and educational resources you can use with your students. 

Recordings of this series and past sessions are available. Attendees can earn PD credit for each session.

Click here to register for the 2022-2023 webinars.

Session 6 - March 14, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. Central/5:00 p.m. Eastern

Webinar title -  Using Primary Sources to Explore the Richness of Tennessee History

Presenting Organization:  Teaching with Primary Sources - MTSU 

Anne Dallas Dudley Award 

The Secretary of State’s Anne Dallas Dudley Award for Tennessee high schools which meet student voter registration thresholds is back for its second year.

The award is named in honor of renowned Tennessee suffragist Anne Dallas Dudley. One of the central figures in the women’s suffrage movement, she worked tirelessly to secure the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Learn more about Anne Dallas Dudley and Women's Suffrage in Tennessee on the Tennessee Virtual Archive.

The Anne Dallas Dudley Gold Level Award is given to high schools that register 100% of the eligible students, 18 or older, to vote. High schools that register at least 85% of the eligible students, 18 or older, earn the Anne Dallas Dudley Silver Level Award.

Tennessee law allows students who will be 18 or older on or before the next election to register to vote.

All Tennessee public, charter, and private schools as well as home school associations are encouraged to participate in the Anne Dallas Dudley Award program.

Participating schools must submit an Anne Dallas Dudley Award application by Friday, March 31, 2023. Completed applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023.

Visit to submit your application and to find more information about this award.

Spring Arrives March 20th!

Teachers, enjoy your spring break by exploring one of Tennessee's fifty-seven state parks and visiting the Library & Archives' new exhibit, The Legacy of Tennessee State Parks.
Get that needed rest to prepare for the remainder of the school year. This primary source is a postcard featuring a waterfall at Burgess Falls State Park.
This source is included in the Tennessee Postcard Collection housed at the Tennessee State Library & Archives.
This source meets the TN.62 Tennessee social studies standard.
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