Education News for April 2022

Lunch Counter Strikes Hit City

This primary source is a newspaper article and photograph from The Nashville Tennessean dated Sunday, Feb. 14, 1960. It describes a two-hour sit-in strike that occurred in three different downtown Nashville stores: Woolworth’s, Kress, and McClellan’s. This article includes quotes from Fisk University student activist Diane Nash.

Diane Nash was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 15, 1938. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and later transferred to Fisk University in Nashville. A vocal leader of civil rights and anti-war movements, particularly from 1959 to 1967, Nash strongly supported the non-violent protest philosophy. She was instrumental in organizing the Freedom Rides and the 1963 March on Washington. Nash returned to Chicago in 1965, where, as an educator and lecturer, she continues to be a passionate and prominent voice for political and social change.

This source meets the 5.50, US.80, TN.56, and AAH.42 Tennessee social studies standards.

Discussion Questions:
  1. What was the main goal of 1960s-era sit-ins?
  2. Looking at this primary source, point out details you observe in the photograph.
  3. Were the lunch counter sit-ins successful? Give reasons for your answer.
  4. Diane Nash was originally from Chicago. What mark did she make on Tennessee history?

For additional primary sources on sit-ins and the Civil Rights movement, visit our website.

Stories from the 16th State:  Creating Classroom Engagement with Local History 

During the 225th anniversary of Tennessee statehood, the Library & Archives invites Tennessee teachers to attend workshops exploring our state's history. Through July 2022, we're offering this workshop series to educators across the state.

To register, click here and choose the location you're interested in attending this workshop.

Workshops locations remaining for this school year include:
  • Cookeville - Tuesday, June 7,  at the Falling Water Regional Library
  • Chattanooga - Wednesday, July 20, at The Teacher Place

Focusing on primary sources found in the Library & Archives collections, these workshops will examine Tennessee history topics from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and high school American history curriculum standards for social studies.

If your school district is interested in having the Library & Archives education team offer this workshop in your district, reach out to

Tennessee Blue Book 2021 - 2022 

The Tennessee Blue Book is the definitive manual on Tennessee state government. Tennessee teachers from across the state created lesson plans exploring the Tennessee Blue Book. These lesson plans provide a great resource to educate students about how Tennessee became a state, Tennessee's three branches of government, county and local governments, and more. To see the Blue Book Lesson Plan, visit

The Tennessee Blue Book Student Edition features student-friendly text and primary sources to help students learn the story of our great state. Each chapter corresponds to the 5th grade Tennessee History Curriculum. To read the Tennessee Blue Book Student Edition, visit

Tennessee Blue Books are free of charge to all Tennessee residents. To request a Tennessee Blue Book, go to:

"Lunch and TEL" Series 

Join the Tennessee State Library & Archives for “Lunch and TEL,” a monthly webinar series oriented toward librarians and educators who provide training to their patrons on TEL, the Tennessee Electronic Library. Various databases will be covered, from those with recent updates to those which may not be covered extensively in other training, such as the Digital Library of Tennessee. In addition to explaining the resource and how to use it, each session will come with supplemental materials to help you train your patrons.

Each session will take place on the last Tuesday of the month at Noon CT/1 p.m. ET and last about half an hour with time for questions. 

The sessions are:
  • Exploring TEL4U and its Resources for Kids - April 26
  • Using the Digital Library of Tennessee and Tennessee Virtual Archive - May 3
  • Looking at the New World Book Discover - June 28

If you want to register for a session, have any questions about the webinar series, or have specific requests for supplemental materials, please email

Summer Teacher Institute 2022

Workshop Title: Trailblazing Tennesseans:  People Who Made History in the Volunteer State
Workshop Description:  The Tennessee State Library & Archives is delighted to offer our in-person summer teacher institute in 2022! During this institute, we will explore the stories of Tennesseans who appear in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and high school social studies standards for Tennessee. 

When:  June 22 - 23, 2022 - Educators must attend both workshop days!

Where:  Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville

Questions:  Email Janis Perry at

To apply:  Forty-five spots are available. All educators may apply. Download and complete the application here and submit it via email to: or by mail to: Tennessee State Library & Archives, Attn:  Education Outreach, 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way North, Nashville, TN 37219.

**Only one more day to apply! Applications are due by April 15. Successful applicants will be notified of admission status no later than April 29.
Summer Camp 2022! Historians in Training: Junior Archivist Summer Camp

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is delighted to offer a full-day summer camp to rising 4th through 8th graders. The Historians in Training: Junior Archivist Summer Camp will run from June 13 – June 17, 2022.

During the week-long adventure, campers will explore historical topics, people, and games while learning how archivists care for and protect historical documents for the future. As junior archivists and historians, campers will learn how history is preserved through hands-on activities, games, and local field trips to other historical sites. 

Camp Details: 

Who: Rising 4th through 8th Graders 

When: June 13 – 17, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (before care: $10/day – 7:30 – 9 a.m.; after care: $10/day 4 – 5:30 p.m.)

Where: TN State Library & Archives, 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N. Nashville, TN

Cost: $125 for the week

How to register: Please download the Parent Information & Policies Form and the Summer Camp Registration Form and fill out the required information. Please email the scanned documents to our co-director, Payment for camp may be mailed to us at the following:

Checks made out to: Tennessee State Library & Archives c/o Education Outreach

Mailing address: Tennessee State Library & Archives c/o Education Outreach, 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N., Nashville, TN 37219

For questions, please email

The Historians in Training: Junior Archivist Summer Camp is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
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