New Book Received

Janice M. McNatt and Marelle L. Mitchell

recently donated a copy of the two volume,

McNatt Family History.

This compilation by Janice M. McNatt and Carolyn K. Renshaw

is a massive work of 1817 pages. 

It is filled with genealogical information,

images of supporting documents, newspaper clippings,

& photographs.

If you are interested in obtaining your own copy,

contact Janice McNatt at


Jackson & Madison County Book For Sale at a Reduced Price!

For sale at the library for $20.00

(cash or check only)

Proceeds support the Friends of the Library

See previous post of Jan 4, 2016

for description of the book

New Books


Presented by the Jackson-Madison Chapter, DAR in memory of Liu Pauley

This book Presented by the Jackson-Madison Chapter, DAR in memory of Liu Pauley

New Books Added

The Jackson-Madison Chapter of

the Daughters of the American Revolution

recently donated two books

to the Tennessee Room Collection:


Season’s Greetings!

1920s Santa and snowman

1920s Santa and snowman


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

Tennessee Room.


We wish everyone

a very Merry Christmas

and Happy New Year!

Looking For A Last Minute Gift?


These two pictorial histories of Jackson

are filled with photos and information

about the history of our city and county.

Scroll back to the previous blogs,

 March 5, 2010 and Jan 4, 2016,

for more information

about these books

November World War I Exhibit – Extended Through January!


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.