It is a good time to say thank you
to our Tennessee Room volunteers,
who continue to offer
their skills, knowledge, and time
toward the completion of many projects
in the Tennessee Room.
Also, a special thanks to
The Friends of the Library,
The Library Foundation,
The Mid-West Tennessee Genealogical Society,
The Daughters of the American Revolution,
The Sons of the American Revolution,
The Colonial Dames,
The Daughters of the War of 1812,
many other groups and individuals
who contribute to and support the
We wish everyone
a very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year!
Through the month of November, the display cases at the library are featuring an exhibit entitled, “While the World Was at War. A Jackson Montage, 1914 – 1919.” It offers a glimpse at The display offers a few historical glimpses of happenings in Jackson during the period of World War I.
Featured are photographs and scanned images of documents, letters, and newspaper clippings. Each item or cluster of items reflects on a fragment of life in Jackson “while the world was at war.” An example is the Coca Cola bottling plant built on Bolivar St. (Riverside Drive). It was built in 1912, the same year the American flag became a 48 star flag with the addition of two new states. The featured photo was taken about 1916, the year Coca Cola introduced the familiar shaped bottled still in use today.
Two years later,after America had entered the war, the boys and girls in the Jackson High School class of 1918, each raised money to purchase a new flag (the relatively new 48 star flag) for the school. Robert Moore, founder of Moore Studio in 1903, was probably the most prominent photographer of street scenes, buildings, portraits, and school pictures in Jackson during this era.
Also featured is an original WWI helmet worn by Liberty Birmingham, grandfather of our current County Court Clerk. The Jackson Sun, like all newspapers throughout the country, announced the cease fire, or armistice on November 11, 1918. The Tennessee Room has an original copy of this paper and a scanned image of the headline is featured in the exhibit.
Archivists from the Tennessee State Library and Archives Will Be in Jackson to Digitize World War I Documents and Photographs
The Tennessee State Library & Archives has launched a major effort to collect digital records of how World War I affected Tennesseans. Archivists will be traveling throughout the state to digitally scan and photograph documents, maps, photographs, uniforms, and other artifacts related to World War I that are owned by private citizens.
The next event will be at:
the Jackson-Madison County Public Library
433 East Lafayette Street
Thursday, November 3 (2 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Friday, Nov. 4 (9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.)
Archivists will provide tips on how to care for these rare treasures.
Items to be scanned can include:
letters, photographs, diaries, military records, maps, sketches,
weapons, uniforms and other items related to the war.
All items must be:
original (no photocopies or reproductions)
owned by the person bringing them to the event.
To reserve time on one of those dates:
or go online at:
This event is part of the Fall 2016 Great War Commemoration,
“The Home Front in Tennessee” http://tnsos.net/TSLA/GWC/index.htm