2017 ANNUAL REPORT
HUMANITIES TENNESSEE 807 Main St, Ste B Nashville, TN 37206 Phone: (615) 770-0006 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: HumTN.org @HumanitiesTennessee @HumanitiesTN
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Holly Conner (Chair), Nashville Lynn Alexander (Vice Chair), Martin Donald Fann (Immediate Past Chair), Woodbury Sammie Arnold, Nashville Lindsay Bales, Brentwood Nathan Andrew Buttrey, Franklin Patsy Carson, Madisonville Daryl A. Carter, Johnson City Carmen Davis, Chattanooga Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge Joy Fulkerson, Johnson City Michael Knight, Knoxville Randy Mackin, Murfreesboro Scott Newstok, Memphis Shawn Pitts, Selmer Jen Wheatley, Paris Karen E. Williams, Franklin
STAFF Tim Henderson, Executive Director Melissa Davis, Director, Community History Programs Jenny Fernandez, Office Administrator Serenity Gerbman, Director, Literature and Language Programs Paul McCoy, Program Officer Patrick Shaffner, Program Officer Alexis Stevens, Development & Marketing Officer Langston Wilkins, Program Officer (through October 2017)
Photos provided by: TennesseePhotographs.com (Cover, pp. 2-4, 9, 10); Susan Adcock (pp. 9, 10); Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean (p. 11). All others provided by Humanities TN, our partners, and our grantees.
DIRECTOR'S NOTE At Humanities TN, our work is driven by our mission to help strengthen our state’s communities by exploring such deep questions with openness and thoughtfulness, always within the larger contexts of history and tradition. We invite you to look with us over our work in the past year and to think about how stronger, more deliberate communities can yield stronger, more involved individuals. Throughout 2017, we worked to engage new community partners, audiences, and participants for our programs and to articulate new questions that matter to Tennesseans — with special focus on connecting community members to each other and to the environment surrounding them. In Nashville, we wrapped a months-long pilot of a partner program, the Neighborhood Story Project, and we worked to develop that pilot into a replicable model for participants to investigate and understand their community history. Meanwhile, across the state, along the banks of Tennessee’s spectacular rivers, we worked with six state parks to present the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Water/Ways, encouraging visitors to consider the complex and vital relationships we have with water. Finally, at the 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books, we welcomed a new partner — the Watkins College of Art & Design — and were excited and encouraged by the new audiences and new aesthetic they brought to the event. Our plans to continue and expand this work are underway, and over the next year, we will pursue opportunities to take this work into even more parts of the state, focusing on building partnerships in communities where we have not had a presence. In all of this work, Humanities TN depends on the participation of our great network of supporters. Thank you for all you do to make these programs work!
Tim Henderson Executive Director
ABOUT US MISSION To foster community and civility in Tennessee through public programs that examine and reflect upon ideas, stories, history, arts, and culture. WHAT WE DO Founded in 1973, HT is a nonprofit organization that conducts and supports public humanities programming across the state. We focus on local history, literary arts, and civic life, and our work sparks conversations and builds stronger communities across Tennessee.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DIRECTOR'S NOTE....................................................1 ABOUT US..................................................................2 HIGHLIGHTS.................................................... .........3 CORE PROGRAMS.....................................................4 PHOTOS............................................................ .........9 PARTNER PROGRAMS..............................................11 GRANTS & AWARDS.................................................13 FINANCIALS...................................................... ........15 SUPPORTERS.................................................... ........16
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Through our grants, awards, scholarships, and partner programs, we gave away $166,860 in 2017. The recipient organizations leveraged that support to raise more than $475,000 for public humanities programs throughout the state.
We gave away 2,639 books to students around the state through our Student Reader Day program, reviewed more than 250 books on Chapter16.org, and hosted more than 230 authors and 150 book vendors at the 29th annual Southern Festival of Books.
Through our programs, grants, and media partnerships, we provided approximately 500,000 Tennesseans with free humanities content, resources, and programming.
Engaging in the stories
of the present and the
past to build a better
future for Tennesseans.
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A Celebration of the Written Word The 29th annual Festival took place October 13-15, 2017, at War Memorial Plaza and the Main Public Library in downtown Nashville. More than 230 national, regional, and local authors of all genres offered readings and book signings, including Jennifer Egan, Al Gore, Javaka Steptoe, Jonathan Eig, Clyde Edgerton, Jami Attenberg, Sarah Dessen, Chris Bohjalian, Radney Foster, Ron Rash, Jill McCorkle, and many more.
Artwork by LaurenCierzan.com
We once again partnered with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt for a special track called, "Telling Our Stories: Media, Methods, and Meaning." We also partnered with Watkins College of Art & Design to bring the Handmade & Bound Festival to the Plaza for the first time. Food trucks, children's activities, and three performance and music stages rounded out the festivities over the course of the weekend. We are incredibly grateful to sponsors, donors, partners, and hundreds of volunteers who make the Southern Festival of Books possible each year. It simply would not be possible without their dedication and hard work. Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Festival, October 12-14, 2018!
AUTHOR REVEAL PARTY
AUTHORS IN THE ROUND
LITERARY DEATH MATCH
As has become tradition, we held a
On Friday, October 13, we
We were pleased to welcome back
party in the summer to release the
celebrated a milestone anniversary:
Literary Death Match (LDM) on
list of authors and build excitement
the 10th annual Authors in the
October 14 for a raucous event at
for the Festival. Our friends at
Round dinner. This vital fundraiser
The Rymer Gallery in downtown
Parnassus Books generously donated
helps keep the Festival free for
Nashville. Hosted by LDM's Adrian
their space for the occasion. The
everyone. We thank co-chairs
Zuniga, the competition pitted
party, held on Saturday, July 8,
Cynthia Ragan Martin and Trish
Festival writers Beth Ann Fennelly,
featured music by local musician
Mixon for superb leadership that
Derrick Harriell, Odie Lindsay, and
John Fabke & Friends, hors d'oeuvres,
resulted in a beautiful evening.
Ciona Rouse against one another,
drinks, conversation, and of
With a guest author at each table,
with their readings judged by local
course...the author list! We hope to
War Memorial Auditorium buzzed
celebs Radney Foster, Alice Randall,
continue this fun annual tradition
with conversation, book signings,
and Susannah Felts. Ciona Rouse
each year to come.
A traveling Smithsonian exhibit exploring our relationship to water We were thrilled to partner with Tennessee State Parks to present Water/Ways, a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibit tour that explores water as an essential component of life on our planet — environmentally, culturally, and historically. The exhibit toured six state parks over the course of nearly a year in Tennessee: Warriors Path State Park (Kingsport) Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park (Delano) Pickwick Landing State Park (Pickwick Dam) Johnsonville State Historic Park (New Johnsonville) Reelfoot Lake State Park (Tiptonville) Meeman-Shelby State Park (Millington) In addition to the exhibit, each host park offered a variety of public programs, including discussions, debates, and children’s activities that explored waterrelated local history and current events. Host parks could access up to $2,500 each in support of public programs. Those funds were generously provided by BlueCross BlueShield TN Health Foundation. MoMS is a Smithsonian outreach program that partners with state humanities councils to engage small town audiences and bring revitalized attention to underserved rural communities. The next MoMS exhibit that Humanities TN will administer in our state will be Crossroads: Change in Rural America — look for it in 2019!
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Residential summer programs where teens pursue their passion for writing in a supportive environment The Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (June 18-24, 2017, at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate) welcomed 17 students, 60% of whom attended with partial or full scholarship support. Students had classes in poetry with Jesse Graves, lyrics with Belinda Smith, and creative non-fiction with Christopher Martin. Author Carrie Mullins was new to the faculty this year and taught fiction. Counselors provided supplemental workshops and activities including nature writing, magical realism, and writing strong female characters. Knoxville-based poet Darius Stewart, author of The Ghost the Night Becomes, shared his work with students and offered a mini-poetry workshop. In addition, we took a very meaningful field trip to Sundress Academy, a small publishing house near Knoxville, TN. AYWW is made possible through a partnership with Lincoln Memorial University. The Tennessee Young Writers' Workshop (July 9-15, 2017, at Cumberland University in Lebanon) welcomed 47 students, 43% of whom attended with partial or full scholarship support. Returning faculty included Dylan Phillips (spoken word), Mike Dobrzelecki (screenwriting), and Jesse Graves (poetry). New faculty included Susan Finch, a creative writing professor at Belmont, who taught fiction. Kentucky-based young adult author David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland, talked to our students about his writing career and offered valuable advice on the writing and publishing process. Former faculty member Kristin Tubb offered a supplementary workshop on voice. Murfreesboro-based improv artist Andrew Thornhill entertained the students and discussed the intersections between writing and improvisational performance.
A community of Tennessee writers, readers, and passersby Humanities TN founded Chapter16.org in 2009 in response to the loss of book coverage in newspapers around the state. It is now the only publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee's literary news and events. The site posts new reviews, interviews, poems, and excerpts each weekday and provides the content free of charge to newspapers. A sampling of Tennessee writers that Chapter 16 highlighted in 2017: The Midnight Cool by Nashville novelist Lydia Peelle Perfect Little World by Sewanee novelist Kevin Wilson Arthur and Sherlock by Crossville native Michael Sims Eveningland by Knoxville novelist Michael Knight City of Light, City of Poison by Nashville nonfiction writer Holly Tucker Signals by Chattanooga short-story writer Tim Gautreaux The Songs of Trees by Sewanee nonfiction writer David George Haskell Living in the Weather of the World by former Memphis novelist Richard Bausch Dimestore by former Nashville novelist Lee Smith The Book of Separation by Memphis native Tova Mirvis Good Booty by Nashville nonfiction writer Ann Powers
Bringing community members together to civilly discuss difficult topics The Conversation Project engages small groups in collective reflection and conversation on divisive issues—such as race and ethnic relations—with the aim of building mutual understanding and respect among Tennesseans. Humanities TN provides free materials and scholars to facilitate the conversations at host sites around the state. The following conversations took place in 2017: "Monumental Issues: Thinking about Monuments in Public Spaces" September 19th (Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Memphis) and October 16th (East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville) Presented by Dr. Ellen Daugherty, Professor of Art History, Memphis College of Art and Dr. Jeffery H. Jackson, J.J. McComb Professor of History, Rhodes College
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"Muslim Tennesseans: A Woman's Perspective" September 14th (Bridges USA, Memphis) This public conversation featured Dr. Sophia Khandekar, a Memphis physician, and facilitated by Kalimah Azeez Rashada, Program Manager for the American Muslim Advisory Council.
Bringing writers into Tennessee schools Humanities TN matches authors with schools and provides free books to students to underscore the importance of literacy and literature in young people's lives. For many students, this is the first time they've ever met an author, and it's a wonderful opportunity to engage more deeply and personally with the books. In total, we distributed 2,639 free books at 10 schools throughout Tennessee in 2017. This program is generously supported by Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The 2017 events included: DAVID ARNOLD Book: Kids of Appetite -TN Young Writers' Workshop (Lebanon) SAMANTHA MABRY Book: All the Wind in the World -East Nashville High (Nashville) -McGavock High School (Nashville) ANDREW MARANISS Book: Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) -Jonesborough High School (Jonesborough) -Donelson Middle School (Nashville) -Meigs Magnet Middle School (Nashville) V.E. SCHWAB & COURTNEY STEVENS Books: Conjuring of Light and Dress Codes for Small Towns - Westview High School (Martin) CORABEL SHOFNER Book: Almost Paradise -Hixon Middle School (Chattanooga) KRISTIN TUBB Book: A Dog Like Daisy -West Side School (Cannon City) -Cascade (Bell Buckle) JEFF ZENTNER Book: Goodbye Days -Stewarts Creek High (Smyrna)
Encouraging young readers to write about life-changing books Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Humanities TN is pleased to conduct the state-level contest. We received 1,038 entries from Tennessee students in 2017. The winners were: Level 1 (4th-6th grade) winners: 1st: Sari Richmond, 6th, White Station Middle (Memphis) 2nd: Nelly Brima, 6th, Thurman Francis Arts Academy (Smyrna) 3rd (tie): Sam Sheribou, 6th, White Station Middle (Memphis) 3rd (tie): Charlie Hatley, 6th, White Station Middle (Memphis) Level 2 (7th-8th grade) winners: 1st: Sofia Tomov, 8th, homeschool (Knoxville) 2nd (tie): Leah Grace Wolf, 8th, Hutchison School (Memphis) 2nd (tie): Diran Tan, 8th, White Station Middle (Memphis) 3rd: Name withheld due to permissions Level 3 (9th-12th) winners: 1st: Eva Winfrey, 11th, White Station High School (Memphis) 2nd: Elizabeth Dang, 11th, Germantown High School (Germantown) 3rd: Alexis McCown, 11th, White Station high School (Memphis)
2017 IN PHOTOS
2017 IN PHOTOS
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Humanities TN annually contributes staff time and/or funding to organizations doing public humanities programs around the state. The following are partner programs in which we invested in 2017.
March to the 19th
Partner: Chick History, Inc.
STATEWIDE. March to the 19th is a statewide initiative to uncover and preserve women’s history in our state as we near the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. Building on a series of statewide women's history boot camps for local history providers, March to the 19th hosted a series of digitization events in an effort to archive family and local history items related to African American women’s political activity in Tennessee. These workshops yielded a new archive of dozens of items, including interviews with several African American women in their mid-nineties, that will now be accessible as a vital chapter in Tennessee’s rich history.
Partners: The Mayor's Office, Parnassus Books, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, BookPage
NASHVILLE. Nashville Reads is a community-wide reading program that takes place in the spring of each year. The 2017 book was March: Volume One by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. Events took place throughout Nashville including lectures, public conversations, contests, and film showings. The Nashville Reads committee distributed 500 books at locations throughout the community. The kick-off event was a public lecture with John Lewis at MLK High School in November 2016, and the culminating event was a free showing of a new documentary about Lewis, Get In the Way, at the Nashville Public Library on May 2, 2017.
Partner: Amie Thurber, Neighborhood Story Project Vanderbilt University
NASHVILLE/STATEWIDE. The Neighborhood Story Project began as a pilot occurring in three Nashville neighborhoods. Working together over 12 weeks, residents gathered photographs, historical information, stories, and perspectives from people connected to the neighborhood and then shared their findings with the public. Phase two involved evaluating the pilot projects and creating a toolkit for replicating the program around the state. Sites in Jefferson City, Lewisburg, Martin, Memphis, and Pulaski will undertake the project in 2018.
Partners: Parnassus Books, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, BookPage
NASHVILLE. This series presents bestselling authors for talks and book signings. 2017 authors included Roxane Gay, Zadie Smith, Veronica Roth, Naomi Judd, George Saunders, Greg Iles, John Oates, Lesley Stahl, Andrew McCarthy, David Baldacci, Elizabeth Strout, David Grann, R.L. Stine & Marc Brown, Brene Brown, Billy Collins, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor, Tamora Pierce, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Green, and Dan Rather.
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Children's Festival of Reading
Partner: Knox County Public Library
KNOXVILLE. The 13th annual Children's Festival of Reading was held May 20, 2017, at World's Fair Park in Knoxville. The 2017 theme was "Build a Better World," and the festival lineup lineup included artists Adam Rex, Gwendolyn Hooks, Lita Judge, Sarah Weeks, Richard Sobol, and Mary Reaves Uhles. Plus, costumed characters Pete the Cat, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Berenstain Bears Brother & Sister Bear, Corduroy, Where's Waldo?, and Bob the Builder were on-site to meet young fans.
Our Muslim Neighbor Annual Conference
Partner: Faith & Culture Center
NASHVILLE. The 3rd annual Our Muslim Neighbor conference was held on October 21, 2017, at Vanderbilt Divinity School. The 2017 theme was "National Security & American Muslims: National Narrative, Local Impact," and the conference featured keynote speakers Faiza Patel (Brennan Center for Justice, NYC) and Ambassador Alberto Fernandez (retired). A panel discussion included respondent Haris Tarin, Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Homeland Security.
Summer Literacy Program
Partner: East Nashville Hope Exchange
NASHVILLE. This program offers 6 weeks of literacy and civics education for K-4th graders. The 2017 program offered activities, guest readers, projects, and field trips surrounding the theme "My Family, My Community, My World." The students produced a fabulous newspaper including articles they wrote, photographs they took, and interviews they conducted.
Tennessee History Day
Partner: TN Historical Society
STATEWIDE. More than 7,600 students participated in the 2017 statewide competition, with 282 making it to state finals, and 69 moving on to National History Day. We awarded Best Project in TN History medals to A.J. Camacho (senior division) from Maryville for his project, "Clarence Darrow: Taking a Stand for Truth," and to Eden Carnes (junior division) from Friendsville for her project, "Dolly Parton: Taking a Stanza in History."
Tennessee History Highlights Workshops
Partner: East TN Historical Society
ATHENS, CHARLOTTE, KNOXVILLE, RUGBY, UNION CITY. The East TN Historical Society has partnered with Humanities TN since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the region and state. These hands-on workshops feature customized activities covering content from the 4th, 5th, and 8th grade American History curriculum standards. Each host museum provides a special focus and flavor to the local workshop.
Turn the Page Literacy Initiative
Partner: Southern Lit Alliance
CHATTANOOGA & CLEVELAND. This program brings books and literature into the Bradley Co. and Hamilton Co. jails for inspiring reading sessions and discussions. Turn the Page began with one reading group of 8 participants, and has swelled to multiple groups with 75 participants overall. Courses focus on different genres including classic literature, young adult dystopias, and journaling. In addition, the program offers resources for residents of the jail for their reentry to society.
West Tennessee Poet Residencies
Partner: Southern Word
MEMPHIS. Southern Word conducted spoken word poet residencies at five West TN schools that led up to a semifinal slam and the State of the Word showcase in December.
Humanities TN awarded 13 grants to cultural, educational and community-based organizations in support of public humanities programs in 2017. Each of these funded groups matched their grants from HT through significant local investment of both in-kind and cash contributions totaling over $175,441. The projects supported below were critical to our mission of increasing access to life-long learning opportunities, promoting active citizenship, and fostering a sense of self and community.
BROWNSVILLE Organizational Assessment and Public Programs Plan Dunbar Carver Museum $2,500 JONESBOROUGH Far Away and Close to Home: The Art and Words of Rhea Wells Exhibit Heritage Alliance of Northeast TN and Southwest VA $7,150 MEMPHIS Railways and the Development of Memphis and the Mid-South Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum $10,000 NASHVILLE Tennessee Agricultural Museum Exhibit TN Department of Agriculture $7,000
GRANVILLE Granville Genealogy Festival Public Exhibit & Conversation Granville Museum, Inc. $1,800
HARROGATE "Of the People, By the People, For the People" Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum $2,500
KNOXVILLE Alabama Story Talk Back with Playwright Kenneth Jones Clarence Brown Theater $4,500
KNOXVILLE The Vietnam War, East Tennessee: A Sense of Revolution East TN Public Television $3,480
NASHVILLE Emir Abdelkader Ambassador Project Faith & Culture Center $2,450
NASHVILLE An Archaeologist's Eye: The Parthenon Drawings of Katherine A. Schwab Exhibit Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park $11,260
NASHVILLE The Third Root of Mexico Global Education Center $5,000 STATEWIDE The Joe Hill Roadshow TN Alliance for Progress $2,500
STATEWIDE Master Local Historians American Association of State and Local History $12,000
AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS
In addition to annual grants, Humanities TN gives out awards/professional development grants to educators and scholarships to museum volunteers.
Outstanding Educator Awards
These professional development awards are available each year for up to six full-time, 3rd-12th grade Tennessee teachers or librarians. Each winner receives $2,000 and their school receives $1,500 for the purchase of humanities materials or for student humanities projects. Since 1985, Humanities Tennessee has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Tennessee teachers and schools. DICKSON Charles Elston General Music Dickson Middle School NASHVILLE Connie Lopez-Fink 5th Grade Social Studies University School of Nashville
OAK RIDGE Benjamin Fowler English-Theatrical Lit./ Performance Oak Ridge High School OAK RIDGE Julie Golden Spanish Oak Ridge High School
OAK RIDGE Scot Smith Library-Media Robertsville Middle School OOLTEWAH Rachel Turner Economics, Govt, & History Hamilton Co. High School
TN Association of Museums Conference Scholarships
Since 2003, Humanities TN has offered scholarships to the annual TN Association of Museums (TAM) conference for small, volunteer-run organizations across the state. The scholarships cover registration fees and two nights' lodging. In 2017 we awarded scholarships to the following organizations: CHARLOTTE Promised Land Community Club Marisa Dore & Candi Driver GRANVILLE Granville Museum, Inc. Ann Gaines & Greg High HENDERSONVILLE Historic Rock Castle Jennifer Flanagan & Suzanne Geerholt
MILLINGTON Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park James Wilkinson
TIPTONVILLE Reelfoot Lake State Park Alisha Weber & Bo Ashlin
NEW JOHNSONVILLE Johnsonville State Park Bob Holliday
TRACY CITY Grundy Co. Historical Society Cynthia Killian & Justin Morgan
PLEASANT HILL Pleasant Hill Historical Society George Hartz & Don Dowdey
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2017 FINANCIAL SUMMARY
Events 1% Investments 2% Other Govt 7% In-Kind 11%
Ind, Corp, Fdn 14% Federal Grants 65%
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THANK YOU to the following individuals and organizations who made our work possible in 2017. GIFTS OF $20,000 OR MORE
GIFTS OF $2,500-$4,999
Ingram Industries Metro Nashville Arts Commission National Endowment for the Humanities Parnassus Books Tennessee Arts Commission
Lynn M. Alexander BookPage / ProMotion, Inc.* Lauren Cierzan* Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Parthenon Museum* Joyce and Stephen Wood
GIFTS OF $10,000-$19,999 Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation Bluecross Blueshield of Tennessee Health Foundation Jean and Dennis C. Bottorff Dollar General Literacy Foundation The Memorial Foundation Nashville Scene* Nashville Public Library* National Endowment for the Arts Vanderbilt University, Office of Public Affairs
GIFTS OF $5,000-$9,999 King Family Advised Fund, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Lipman Brothers, Inc.* Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, Vanderbilt University
GIFTS OF $1,000-$2,499
AT&T Bongo Java Roasting Company* Phillip and Sue N. Brown The Center for the Book, Library of Congress Sue and Gil Chilton Wayne and Anne Christeson The Jane and Richard Eskind and Family Foundation Melanie and Randy Ford Hemphill Family Foundation Lauran and Tim Henderson Denise W. and Stephen E. Henley Patricia G. Lane Local Table* Cyndee and Jerry Martin Oxford American* John and Gaye Patton
Barbara Gregg Phillips Shawn Pitts Gus and Jennifer Puryear Faye and Ed Rivers Karen and Randy Williams Women's National Book Association, Nashville Chapter
GIFTS OF $500-$999 Melinda and John Buntin Patsy Q. Carson James A. Clodfelter M. Thomas Collins Comcast Cable* David Boyer and Holly Conner Melissa Davis Richard Ellis The Steven & Laurie Eskind Family Foundation Debbie Turner and Beth Fortune Courtney Ginn Hall Strategies Marilyn Kallet Elaine K. Lytle The Doy & Margaret McCall Family Foundation James Paul and Alexis McCoy * Indicates in-kind support
The Patrons' Circle includes individuals who give $500 or more to HT annually. We invite you to contact us about joining this circle and learning more about how your gifts keep the humanities thriving in our state. Our warm thanks to our 2017 Patrons' Circle members for their generous support!
Lynn M. Alexander Jean and Dennis C. Bottorff Phillip and Sue N. Brown Melinda and John Buntin Patsy Q. Carson Jennifer and Mark Chalos Sue and Gil Chilton Lauren Cierzan* Wayne and Anne Christeson James A. Clodfelter M. Thomas Collins David Boyer and Holly Conner Melissa Davis Richard Ellis The Jane and Richard Eskind and Family Foundation
The Steven & Laurie Eskind Family Foundation Melanie and Randy Ford Debbie Turner and Beth Fortune Courtney Ginn Hemphill Family Foundation Lauran and Tim Henderson Denise W. and Stephen E. Henley Marilyn Kallet King Family Advised Fund, CFMT Patricia G. Lane Elaine K. Lytle Cyndee and Jerry Martin The Doy & Margaret McCall Family Foundation James Paul and Alexis McCoy
Christopher and Patricia Mixon Scott Newstok John and Gaye Patton A. Warren Phillips, III Barbara Gregg Phillips Shawn Pitts Fiona Whelan Prine Gus and Jennifer Puryear Linda N. Rittenhouse Faye and Ed Rivers Ken Roberts, Jr. Victoria O. Ross Stephen and Kathy Schultenover Nancy Rankin and Whitworth Stokes Karen and Randy Williams Joyce and Stephen Wood
GIFTS OF $500-$999, cont. Christopher and Patricia Mixon Nashville Electric Service Scott Newstok A. Warren Phillips, III Fiona Whelan Prine Promotion, Inc. Linda N. Rittenhouse Ken Roberts, Jr. Victoria O. Ross Stephen and Kathy Schultenover Nancy Rankin and Whitworth Stokes Turner Publishing Company Vanderbilt University Libraries, Vanderbilt University Yazoo Brewing Company*
GIFTS OF $250-$499 Sammie Arnold Charles Borders Nathan Andrew Buttrey Barbie Chadwick Barbara and Eric Chazen, M.D. Sondra and Douglas Cruickshanks, Jr. Jim Dodson Ann B. Egerton Cortilla and Donald Fann Joy Fulkerson Denise Gerlach Tracy Barrett and Greg Giles Elizabeth Gregory Mike and Tina Hodges Faye Jones Kimbro Water Company* Lee Pratt and Neil Krugman Becky Maiello Sandra McLeroy Gail Murray Bobby Rogers Julie Schoerke James and Sharon Scruton Dolores W. Seigenthaler Joan Blum Shayne Kristin O'Donnell Tubb Jennifer Wheatley Etta and Amos Wilson
GIFTS OF $100-$249 Robin Holab-Abelman and Stephen M. Abelman Nancy C. and Benjamin F. Adams, Jr. William P. and Ann M. Aiken Elizabeth and T. Clark Akers Kathi and Edgar Allen Carolyn Amiot Rosalyn H. Anderson Daniel Andrew Clare C. Armistead Arts Midwest Grace and Carl Awh Sally and Clay Bailey Susan and Paul Benke
Martha P. and Roger D. Bishop Richard Blackett Kathryn Boehm Gordon and Claudia Bonnyman Ralph Bowden Dr. Carole Bucy Mary Ann Buehler Ann and Frank Bumstead Varina and Jeffrey W. Buntin, Sr. Tina Foster Caldwell Ginna Foster Cannon and Mark Cannon Daryl A. Carter, Ph.D. Randall Clemons Ashley and Lewis H. Conner Lacey Cook Sandy Coomer Jim and Ellen Coulter Tamara Crabtree Barbara and J. Dewey Daane Gary Daily Howard R. and Leslie Davis Karen B. Davis Mary Ann Denney Sandy DeWald Nancy K. Dillon Martha Edington Jonathan Eig Barbara and Robert Enkema Annette S. and Irwin Eskind Mariwyn Evans John and Carole Ferguson Jenny Fernandez Norman and Kathleen Ferris Elizabeth Foster Tom and Judy Foster The Honorable Joe F. Fowlkes Mary Belle Ginanni Sally T. and Robert C. Goodrich, Jr. Sara and Stan Graber Connie J. and Richard C. Green Johnanna L. Grimes-Williams Catherine Haire Sally and E. Randall Henderson, Jr. Jess and Moe Hill Ruth A. Hillis Martha Hooper Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hutton Mark Jarman Ann R. and L. Owen Kelly Marilyn R. Kemp Ronald Kidd Sarah P. and Hugh C. Knapp Christie and Rob Laird Dewey W. Lambdin, II Andrea O. E. Lindsey Esther Mackintosh Peter C. MacNichols Jeff Daniel Marion Debbie McClanahan Hilda M. McGregor Flossie McNabb Ann Miller Gretchen and Jeff Moore
Shirlene L. Morgan Peg Morris Kay and Robert Moss Margaret Renkl and Haywood Moxley Jim and Trish Munro Nashville Wraps* Lannie W. Neal, Jr. Leslie and Scott Newman Jesilee Northington Dianne and Kent Oliver Margaret P. Partee Bill and Emily Peach Lisa Peerman Annette Peery Pfizer Foundation Michelle and Mark Phillips Bill Polk Dan E. Pomeroy Ann Roberts Nancy Rumsey Melissa and Phil Russ Julie K. Sandine Laura H. Schmink Nelda B. Schreiber Patrick Shaffner Daniel Sharfstein Emily Shouse Vivian L. Sims George Singleton Cynthia P. Smith Kathryn A. Stephenson
On June 22, 2017, Parnassus Books hosted a fundraising event featuring John Grisham, in conversation with Ann Patchett and Jon Meacham. The event was a sell-out and raised more than $13,000, with all proceeds benefiting Humanities TN! Thank you to our friends at Parnassus for hosting this wonderful event and to John Grisham, Ann Patchett, and Jon Meacham for participating. It was an unforgettable evening!
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GIFTS OF $100-$249, cont. Alexis M. Stevens Mary Q. and John H. Stevens Stigall History Museum Jim Stoner Michael Strickland Elaine H. and Bruce D. Sullivan Mary L. Tanner Daniel Tidwell Leonor Tomero Michael Toomey Ann Toplovich Aleta and Byron Trauger Trauger & Tuke Holly Tucker Laura Anne Turner Kay Tyler Kathryn Hannen Walker and Philip Walker Nancy S. Walker Dr. and Mrs. Gary Waltemath Louise W. Watkins Colleen Conway Welch Ruth B. and James O. White Mr. and Mrs. W. Ridley Wills, II Carolyn T. Wilson Frances H. Wolf E. Thomas Wood Diane Wyckoff Jane and Bill Young
GIFTS OF $35-$99 Charles Alley Lindsey Anderson Patricia and Joseph B. Armstrong Stephen V. and Jean C. Ash Lindsay Bales Neal and Linda Barber Donna R. and Ralph I. Barr Win Bassett Katrin Bean Michael Beckham Linda Behrend Karen A. Bowyer Judith K. and Richard Bracken Anne M. and Robert S. Brandt Jacquelyn Branham Carol C. Brewer Therese L. Broderick Bill and Suzanne Brown Jeanine Brown Susan Brown J.A. Bucy Joseph and Mary Cavarra Nancy and Ira Chilton Ron Watson and Jeff Corvin Walter and Ruth Crouch Carmen Davis Marjorie Davis Delek Fund for Hope, CFMT Jan Dickens Kathleen and Burton Dietz Lisa Dordal
Douglas O. and Laurel E. Eason William Edington Kathy S. Emery Teresa Ervin Teenie Fearheiley Kim Ford Wilmoth Foreman Madge Franklin David Friedlander Stephen G. Fritz Darwin A. Galloway Nina Gregg and Doug Gamble Ellen Gilbert Pat Gosch Pat Green Jane-Coleman Harbison Georganne Harmon Steve and Elizabeth Heaston Elizabeth Heffington Beth Henderson Stephen W. and Gwendolyn J. Hines Kendall Hinote Carole A. and Paul R. Hirth Henrietta B. Hobdy Jerrilyn Hobdy Bonnie Holaday John Holtzapple Diane Honda Pam Hoover Helen R. Houston Peggy F. Hoyal Mary Humphrey Doris Ivie Kay Johnson Logan and Leslie Key Thelma Kidd Chris Klauda Jim Knox Michael Kreyling Susan Kupisch Nate Lenow Betty Lentz Deborah Levine Michael and Ellen Levitt Elaine Loughlin Alex MacKay Bob Mangeot Therese A. Mangold Thomas Markham Ben and Loy Martin Gloria Ballard and Henry Martin Kathleen Masulis Michaela Mathews Katie McDougall James E. and Judy McFarland Connie Meador Bonnie Meriwether Alice Merritt Dr. and Mrs. J. David Miller Terry Minnen MoonPie* Joe Morris * Indicates in-kind support
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