Humanities TN Annual Report 2018-2019

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HUMANITIES TENNESSEE 807 Main St, Ste B Nashville, TN 37206 Phone: (615) 770-0006 Email: Website: @HumanitiesTennessee @HumanitiesTN @Humanities_TN @HumanitiesTennessee

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lynn Alexander (Chair, 2019), Martin Daryl A. Carter (Vice Chair, 2019), Johnson City Holly Conner (Chair, 2018; Immediate Past Chair, 2019), Nashville Donald Fann (Immediate Past Chair, 2018) Woodbury LaTricea Adams, Memphis Sammie Arnold, Nashville Peggy Burch, Memphis Patsy Carson, Madisonville Mary Pom Claiborne, Knoxville Carmen Davis, Chattanooga Jim Dodson, Oak Ridge Amy Elias, Knoxville Joy Fulkerson, Johnson City Courtney Ginn, Nashville Michael Knight, Knoxville Randy Mackin, Murfreesboro Carol McCoy, Nashville James McKissic, Chattanooga Emily Mitchell, Nashville Scott Newstok, Memphis Shawn Pitts, Selmer Gabe Roberts, Nashville Jen Wheatley, Paris Karen E. Williams, Franklin

DIRECTOR'S NOTE This fall, I’m pleased to share with you an 18-month report on the programs and impact of Humanities Tennessee throughout the state. In 2018, we shifted our fiscal year to begin in July, rather than January, which now provides an exciting opportunity to share significant results with you, our supporters. In early 2018, we updated our branding – logo, visual identity, website, and more - with the goal of increasing name recognition for Humanities Tennessee throughout the state, including our collaborations with program partners. Together, we facilitate important conversations about our history and future that impact communities and relationships. During the past 18 months, we saw the value of connecting community members to each other and their environment in so many ways. More than 20,000 people and 275 authors celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books in 2018. The expansion of the Neighborhood Story Project included five projects that went to the heart of our mission, fostering community. Young writers continued to challenge themselves and each other through workshops in East and West Tennessee. And, our grant funding to organizations statewide helped leverage additional funds, making free humanities programming available to more and more citizens. You helped make these meaningful results possible!

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 Sandy Obodzinski, Development & Communications Director Patrick Shaffner, Program Officer Alexis Stevens, Operations Administrator

Looking ahead, we continue to explore opportunities to provide or support humanities programming statewide, especially in rural areas. Thank you for being among the supporters who empower our mission to foster community and civility in Tennessee.

Tim Henderson Executive Director


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.Â

STATEWIDE IMPACT Recipient organizations in urban and rural areas received more than $161,000 in grant funds from HT that leveraged additional community investment. More than 500,000 Tennesseans engaged in free humanities programming throughout the state, including school students who received 1,700 books through our Student Reader Day program.

Engaging in the stories

of the present and the

past to build a better

future for Tennesseans.

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@SoFestofBooks @SoFestofBooks @SoFestofBooks The





A Celebration of the Written Word The 30th anniversary year of the annual Festival took place October 12-14, 2018 at Legislative Plaza and the Main Public Library in downtown Nashville. More than 275 national, regional, and local authors of all genres offered readings and book signings, including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer; Pulitzer Prize-winning author/journalist Rick Bragg; Old Crow Medicine Show founder Ketch Secor; Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage; and Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere.

Artwork by Sam Smith

“It’s such a treasure in Nashville. Where else are you going to find hundreds of fabulous authors over three days, for free, where you can also volunteer and meet those authors?” Mary Anne, Festival Attendee & Volunteer We are incredibly grateful to sponsors, donors, partners, and hundreds of volunteers who make the Southern Festival of Books possible every year. Thank you!

CORE PROGRAMS @Chapter16 @Chapter.16



A community of Tennessee writers, readers, and passersby Humanities Tennessee founded in 2009 as a response to the loss of book coverage in Tennessee newspapers and to provide easily accessible information about authors and events. It is the only publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee's literary news and events. The site posts reviews, interviews, poems, and excerpts daily, with content available free to others via a creative commons license. We also partner with newspapers in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga to provide local book content for readers statewide. A sampling of Tennessee writers that Chapter 16 highlighted in 2018-2019 includes: The Overstory by Richard Powers (Townsend) Brute: Poems by Emily Skaja (Memphis) At Briarwood School For Girls by Michael Knight (Knoxville) Dying of Whiteness by Jonathan Metzl (Nashville) The Soul of America by Jon Meacham (Nashville) The Fate of Food by Amanda Little (Nashville) The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz (Memphis) Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (Nashville) Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro (Chattanooga, Sewanee) The Lost Country by William Gay (Hohenwald) Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine by Kevin Wilson (Sewanee, Nashville) The Thin Light of Freedom by Edward L. Ayers (Knoxville)



Founding Editor of Chapter 16, Margaret Renkl, stepped down in May 2019. During Renkl’s tenure, published notable interviews with a range of authors and public figures, from President Jimmy Carter to David Sedaris. Her weekly editor’s note showcased the accomplishments of the state’s writers, and her commitment to poetry and essays has resulted in the diverse voices of Tennesseans being featured on the site. “Her leadership has promoted the works of Tennessee authors and made it possible for readers to know about new books and events in their communities," said Tim Henderson, Humanities Tennessee executive director. "Her work has immeasurably enriched the literary life in Tennessee."

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The Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) enables Tennessee residents to research and share the histories – and have a voice in the future – of the places they call home. Four communities across Tennessee completed a NSP during 2018-2019. Pulaski: “North End Story Project” with support from Wolf Gap Education Outreach, Inc. Jefferson City: “Jay Bird Hill Story Project from the African American Perspective” with support from Mossy Creek Foundation Lewisburg: “HOPETown Story Project” with support from Marshall County Memorial Library Martin: “Weakley County Training School Storytellers” with support from Paul Meek Library, UT at Martin

The impacts of this program, as reported by participants and event attendees, include an increased attachment to place, broadened social ties, strengthened civic engagement, and a sense of having built community with others. In addition, 70% of participants were age 60-87. Several described feeling proud of the work they were leaving for future generations. “I look forward to our legacy being left behind,” said one participant. Notably for the Martin project, in July, 2019, Martin City Board approved selling the property of the school to the alumni association for $1, and plans are underway to turn it into a museum to honor the school’s legacy in the community. The next cohort for the Neighborhood Story Project will begin with facilitator training in March 2020. To participate, more information is located at We look forward to sharing more stories in the future!

"Well, I guess selfishly I just wanted them to know our own personal family history. But it’s more than that, it’s the history of a town. It’s the history of a community. It’s the history of West Tennessee. And it is a story that’s not recorded in any history book." Johnny, Martin Team Member

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On the heels of the 2017 traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program Water/Ways, Humanities Tennessee launched a state-specific exhibition opportunity Tennessee Waters: Shaping Our Land, Our Lives, and Our Future. These statewide touring panels about water’s impact are presented in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Society and the Albert Gore Research Center. 2018-2019 Itinerary Tipton County Museum (Covington) Tom & O.E. Stigall Ethnic Library & History Museum (Humboldt) Johnsonville State Historic Park (New Johnsonville) Beech River Cultural Center & Museum (Lexington) Kingston Public Library (Kingston) Alex Haley Museum & Interpretive Center (Henning)


Change in Rural America

In the planning stages since 2018, Crossroads came to TN in the Fall of 2019 in partnership with the Museum on Main Street program, part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. This exhibit explores the history and meaning of rural American society across regions and over time. During its 10-month tour, Crossroads will stop in the following communities: LaFollette, Morristown, Athens, Pulaski, Selmer, and Charlotte. Humanities Tennessee also provides to hosts opportunities for public conversations on rural topics, and subsequent support for a local project that makes lasting connections with rural residents, the topics explored, and a vision for the future of host communities. Visit for full schedule of tour dates and locations through 2020.

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Residential summer programs where teens pursue their passion for writing in a supportive environment Each year, youth in grades 8-12 gather for seven-day residential writing workshops in Tennessee. In 2018 and 2019, Cumberland University, Lincoln Memorial University, and UT Martin served as hosts for 109 students. Guided by faculty specializing in poetry, nonfiction, fiction, screenwriting, and songwriting, students had an opportunity to learn new writing skills and hone their voices. And many students share that the friendships they mad were as meaningful as the writing experiences. No one can describe the experience better than the students! “The Humanities Tennessee Young Writer’s Workshop is an important program. It invites exploration and discovery. It allows students to learn about their art and about themselves. Thank you for making it possible for so many.” “I’m not in any type of music program so this is the only opportunity I’ve had to take a songwriting class.”

TYWW FACULTY Kendra Allen (nonfiction) Ashley Herring Blake (fiction) Mike Dobrzelecki (screenwriting) Sarah Einstein (nonfiction) Jesse Graves (poetry) Karyna McGlynn (poetry) Daniel Pujol (songwriting) Snowden Wright (fiction)

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AYWW FACULTY Jesse Graves (poetry) Leah Hampton (fiction) Christopher Martin (nonfiction) Taria Person (poetry) Belinda Smith (songwriting) SPECIAL GUESTS Sara Beth Go, Dawn Landes, and Cheyenne Medders RashadthaPoet, Shawn Whitsell Third Coast Comedy Club Edd Garcia, Sonja Livingston, Adam Miller, Aaron Smith, Crystal Wilkinson





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. From January 2018 through June 2019, we reached 1,700 students. This program is generously supported by Dollar General Literacy Foundation and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Events included: ANDREW MARANISS Book: Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) -Martin Middle School (Martin) -Margaret Allen Middle Prep (Nashville) CRESSIDA CROWELL Book: The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic -Fairview Elementary School (Fairview) KATE BEASLEY Book: Lions and Liars -Smyrna Elementary School (Smyrna) Letters



MOLLY BROOKS Book: Sanity and Tallulah - Cascade Middle School (Wartrace)

Encouraging young readers to write about

MOHSIN HAMID Book: Exit West -Overton High School (Nashville)

The Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the Library of Congress, concluded its 27th and final year with the 2018-2019 program. This national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 asked them to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. The winners were:

life-changing books

Level 1 (4th-6th grade) winners: 2019: Ilana Gunther, 6th, Christiana Middle School (Christiana) 2018: Serenity Donnell, 6th, Christiana Middle School (Christiana) Level 2 (7th-8th grade) winners: 2019: Celia Poag, 7th, Hutchison School (Memphis) 2018: Hammah Tameez, 8th, Hutchison School (Memphis) Level 3 (9th-12th) winners: 2019: NaTivia Esson, 11th, White Station High School (Memphis) 2018: Sukanya Burman, 10th, White Station High School (Memphis). Sukanya Burman, receipient of National Honorable Mention

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Humanities TN annually contributes staff time and/or funding to organizations doing public humanities programs throughout the state. These investments ensure that communities can participate in programs related to history, culture, literary and cultural arts. Together, we can accomplish more and reach more members of the community than any one organization may do alone.

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. In 2018, the organization wrapped up a two-year effort to uncover and digitize local African American women’s political history at a series of community meetings and digitization events. The next step is to produce a multimedia website and K-12 educational resources. Already available online is the #HerStory Podcast, a collection of 50 historical women's stories told by contemporary voices.

Memphis Bicentennial

Partner: Memphis Museums, Inc.

MEMPHIS. The Pink Palace Family of Museums presented Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community, an exhibit that celebrated the city’s bicentennial. The exhibit interpreted events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past, present, and form the basis for our future. The five major exhibit threads are Heritage and Identity, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Migration and Settlement, Art and Entertainment and Geography and the Environment. The exhibit ran March 2 through October 2019.

Nashville Reads

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 public programs that accompany the books are designed to open a forum for discussion and foster community, and always include an event with with author. The 2018 book was The Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge, and 2019's selection is Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Visit for upcoming events and the announcement of the 2020 book selection.


Partners: Parnassus Books, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, BookPage

NASHVILLE. This series presents bestselling authors for talks and book signings. 2018-2019 authors included Rick Bragg, Anna Quindlen, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jill Biden, Melinda Gates, Barbara Kingsolver, Sally Field, Jon Meacham, Mohsin Hamid, Pete Souza, Janet Napolitano, Katherine Applegate, Greg Iles, Louise Penny, and many others.

Children's Festival of Reading

Partner: Knox County Public Library

KNOXVILLE. This free festival includes storytelling, music, arts, crafts, science, food, fun, and children's book authors. In 2019, festival goers helped Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs launch “Read to the Moon," a Read City USA initiative in association with the Summer Library Clubs.

Summer Literacy Program

Partner: East Nashville Hope Exchange

NASHVILLE. This program offers 6 weeks of literacy and civics education for K-4th graders. Each summer, more than 100 students participate in the program with 99% of students showing gains or maintaining their reading level. And in 2019, the students created their own digital newspaper using cameras, iPads, clipboards, and journals.

Tennessee History Day

Partner: TN Historical Society

STATEWIDE. Since 2010, HT has provided a $10,000 annual sponsorship that supports reduced registration for more than 200 students competing at the state level. Winners for the best project exploring TN history are: Sarah McGraw (junior) and Eli Thompson (senior), 2018; and Annabelle Lesch, Syler Lindsey, Savannah Ward, Samuel War (junior) and Matthew Merritt (senior), 2019.

Tennessee History Highlights Workshops

Partner: East TN Historical Society

MILAN, KNOXVILLE, CROSSVILLE, MURFREESBORO, BRISTOL, JOHNSON CITY, COOKEVILLE, JACKSON, MEMPHIS. The East TN Historical Society has partnered with Humanities TN since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the state. These hands-on workshops feature customized activities covering content from the 4th, 5th, and 8th grade American History curriculum standards.

Turn the Page Literacy Initiative

Partner: Southern Lit Alliance

CHATTANOOGA & CLEVELAND. This program brings creative writing classes and reading discussion groups into the Hamilton County and the Silverdale Detention Facilities. A portion of the mission statement written by participants: "In these groups, we read, write, talk, and listen. We speak, but we don’t interrupt. We offer comfort but not judgment."

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.

WLOK Black Film Festival

Partner: Gilliam Foundation, Inc.

MEMPHIS. The Gilliam Foundation, Inc. gathered civic leaders and scholars for a screening of “The Green Book” followed by a discussion. Part of WLOK’s 4th Annual Black Film Festival, the event was held at the National Civil Rights Museum.


Humanities TN makes funding investments in all three Grand Divisions of the state to support the efforts of cultural, educational and community-based organizations providing public humanities programs. General grants are awarded through an annual competition. Any nonprofit, institution, or government agency may apply. Opportunity grants are designed to help nonprofits, with budgets less than $150,000 annually, strengthen their work in communities. During the time period January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, we awarded 31 grants totaling $161,372. Each of these funded groups matched their grants from HT through significant local investment of in-kind and cash contributions.



Memphis Museums, Inc. Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community, $9,895 University of Memphis Once More at the River: MLK to BLM, $11,826 Memphis Heritage, Inc. The Past, Present, and Future of Memphis as Illustrated by the Photos of Don Newman, $4,925


Blount County Friends of the Library Cormac McCarthy Literary Festival, $7,390

Stax Museum of American Soul Music Stax Museum of American Soul Music Interpretive Plan & Public Discussions, $7,800 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Clarence Brown Theater, University of Tennessee Alabama Story discussion with Playwright Kenneth Jones, $4,190

Conservancy for the Parthenon & Centennial Park Flood Lines: A Short History, $11,880

Clayton Center for the Arts Women on the Edge: Unsung Heroines of the Trojan War, $5,000

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring 70's, $10,000

East Tennessee State University Appalachian Silent and Old-Time/Bluegrass Screening Series, $2,000

Country Music Hall of Fame Boudleaux & Felice Bryant Exhibition and Public Programming, $3,996

Historic Ramsey House A Community Borne of Water and Stone, $7,500

Global Education Center History, Culture, Myths and Folktales, $5,000

University of Tennessee 100 Millions Stories, a film about Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, $7,920

Metropolitan Historical Commission Nashville Sites Walking Tour Interpretation, $20,000 Tennessee State Museum Community-Based Women's Suffrage Exhibit, $12,500



Benton County Genealogical Society Aunt Cord 100th Year Celebration, $600 Friends of Johnsonville State Historic Park 2018 Civil War Days, $1,600 Memphis Area Women's Council Uncovering Women's Stories: A Conversation with Beverly Bond and Janann Sherman, $1,402 Orange Mound Arts Council Jubilee Time: An Evening of Dance, Drama, and Documentary, $2,400



Bloodroot Mountain, Inc. Modern Appalachia: A Self-Portrait, $2,500

Bledsoe's Lick Historical Association Slavery at Wynnewood, Hawthorn Hill, and Cragfont, $2,500

Community Action Group of Englewood Museum Volunteer Training Workshops, $1,993 Dickson Williams Mansion, Greeneville Education of Girls and Women on America's First Frontier, $2,500 Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport Kingsport's Black History Exhibit, $2,500 George Clem Multicultural Alliance George Clem Commemorative Event, $1,830 Tennessee Geographic Alliance Golden Age of Islam: Human Geography and Geometry, $2,489

Historic Cragfont, Inc. Reinterpreting the Birthplace of Middle Tennessee, $2,500 Narrative 4 Story Exchanges, $2,500 Promise Land Historical Association History Exhibit Consultations, $1,500 Promise Land Historical Association The American South As We Know It film discussion, $700


Conference Scholarships

Humanities TN offers 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. Since 2003, we have awarded scholarships to 302 individuals from 115 organizations. In 20182019 we awarded scholarships to the following organizations: BROWNSVILLE Dunbar Carver MuseumIda Mae Coleman & Carrie Mae Parker

DENMARK Big Black Creek Historical Association Elizabeth & Sam Tinsley

CHARLOTTE Promised Land Community Club Wanda Grissom, Beverly Sweat, Beverly Driver

GRANVILLE Granville Museum Fred Corley

CLINTON Green McAdoo Cultural Organization Henrietta Caldwell & Nicole CainSmith COVINGTON Association for the Preservation of African American History Connye Albright & Minnie Bommer

NASHVILLE Patton Otey House Natalie Bell & Anita Jones PLEASANT HILL Pleasant Hill Historical Society Jim & Kay Blalock

LAFOLLETTE Postmark LaFollette Jo Anne Myers & Tony Branum MORRISTOWN Rose Center & Council for the Arts Beccy Hamm & Bill Long

PLEASANT HILL Pleasant Hill Historical Society Jerry & Paula Blalock PULASKI Wolf Gap Education Outreach Kelly Fisk Hamlin

Outstanding Educator Awards

2018 marked the conclusion of the Outstanding Education Awards program for 3rd-12th grade Tennessee teachers or librarians. Each winner received $2,000 and their school received $1,500 for the purchase of humanities materials or for student humanities projects. We congratulate these teachers for the dedication and excellence! KNOXVILLE Rachel Monday English, Creative Writing, Film-making Karns High School

NASHVILLE Andy Mizell Language Arts, English Language Learners Margaret Allen Middle Prep

PIGEON FORGE Carrie Bailey Government, History, Geography Pigeon Forge High School 12 | Annual Report 2018-2019


January - June 2018

Revenue: $599,771 Other Government 3.5%

Expenses: $581,513 In Kind 4.1%

Development 9%

Events 6.2% Administrative 14.7%

Individual Donations 5.3%

Foundations 9%

Federal Grants 70.1%

Programs 76.4%

July 2018 - June 2019

Revenue: $1,444,386 In Kind 11.2%

Expenses: $1,431,445 Investments 0.5%

Development 7.8%

Administrative 11.8%

Corporate Sponsorship 3.3% Foundations 3.5% Individual Donations 6.4%

Events 7.8%

Other Government 8.4%

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Federal Grants 58.9%

Programs 80.4%

FY2018 & 2019 financial audit is currently in progress as of Nov. 2019. Annual report will be updated when financial audit is complete.

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Patrons' Circle

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 Patrons' Circle members for their generous support!

GIFTS OF $20,000 OR MORE Dollar General Literacy Foundation Federation of State Humanities Councils Ingram Industries Metro Nashville Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities Tennessee Arts Commission

GIFTS OF $10,000-$19,999 Jean and Dennis C. Bottorff Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Frist, Jr. Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation The Memorial Foundation Nashville Scene * Nashville Public Library * Vanderbilt University Robert K. and Anne H. Zelle Fund for Education, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

GIFTS OF $5,000-$9,999 Bonnaroo Works Fund Natalie L. Haslam Lipman Brothers, Inc. * Parnassus Books Sandra Schatten Foundation

GIFTS OF $2,500-$4,999 Lynn M. Alexander AT&T Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Lauran and Tim Henderson Randy Mackin Sam's Myth * Nashville Electric Service The Parthenon * PEN America Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP * Joyce and Stephen Wood

GIFTS OF $1,000-$2,499

Jeannette Brown Patsy Q. Carson Jennifer and Mark Chalos Mary Pom Claiborne Mr. and Mrs. Tom F. Cone David Boyer and Holly Conner The Jane and Richard Eskind and Family Foundation Melanie and Randy Ford Serenity Gerbman Courtney Ginn John P. and Gay N. Greer Joanna and Anders Hall Hall Strategies Denise W. and Stephen E. Henley Patricia G. Lane Elaine K. Lytle The Honorable Carol McCoy John and Gaye Patton A. Warren Phillips, III Shawn Pitts Gus and Jennifer Puryear Faye and Ed Rivers Kate Stephenson Mr. and Mrs. Cal Turner, Jr. Karen and Randy Williams Eileen and John Zanath Promotion, Inc. Timken Vanderbilt University Libraries Women's National Book Association, Nashville Chapter

GIFTS OF $500-$999 Martha P. and Roger D. Bishop Peggy Burch Barbie Chadwick Wayne and Anne Christeson Comcast Cable * Melissa Davis The Steven & Laurie Eskind Family Foundation Sally T. and Robert C. Goodrich, Jr. Elizabeth Gregory Sharon H. Lassiter John Mallernee The Doy & Margaret McCall Family Foundation Paul and Alexis McCoy Christopher and Patricia Mixon Neal & Harwell, Plc Scott Newstok John and Christina Norris Susie and Michael Osborn Barbara Gregg Phillips Linda N. Rittenhouse Cherie Roberts Ken Roberts, Jr. Victoria O. Ross Nancy Rankin and Whitworth Stokes South Arts, Inc. Turner Publishing Company Mr. and Mrs. Toby S. Wilt Yazoo Brewing Company *

2018-2019 SUPPORTERS

THANK YOU to the following individuals and organizations who made our work possible. GIFTS OF $250-$499

GIFTS OF $100-$249

Robin Holab-Abelman and Stephen M. Abelman LaTricea Adams Dee and Doug Altenbern, Sr. Anne S. Arney Grace and Carl Awh The Blum Family Foundation Varina and Jeffrey W. Buntin, Sr. Daryl A. Carter, Ph.D. Barbara and Eric Chazen, M.D. James A. Clodfelter Chase Cole Lacey Cook Sondra and Douglas Cruickshanks, Jr. Josephine K. and John C. Darwin Nancy H. DeKalb Nancy K. Dillon Jim Dodson Martha Edington Ann B. Egerton Barbara and Robert Enkema The Frist Foundation Joel and Bernice Gordon Sally and E. Randall Henderson, Jr. Ann R. and L. Owen Kelly Kimbro Water Company * Sandra and Larry Lipman Esther Mackintosh Becky Maiello Jeff Daniel Marion James McKissic Sandra McLeroy Ann Miller Shirlene L. Morgan Margaret Renkl and Haywood Moxley Jim and Trish Munro Gail Murray Ellen H. Martin and Gerry Nadeau Lannie W. Neal, Jr. Leslie and Scott Newman Kevin and Jodi O'Hara Dianne and Kent Oliver Carolyn D. and Courtney N. Pearre John Hayes Pritchard, Jr. Gabe Roberts Bobby Rogers Lina A. and John H. Rowland Julie Schoerke Stephen and Kathy Schultenover James and Sharon Scruton Dolores W. Seigenthaler Alexis M. Stevens Michael Strickland Elaine H. and Bruce D. Sullivan Jeri Thomson Daniel Tidwell Jennifer Wheatley Etta and Amos Wilson Jane and Bill Young Shirley A. Zeitlin

Benjamin F. Adams, Jr. Elisa Alexander Honey and Lamar Alexander Lisa Alther Jamie Anderson Rosalyn H. Anderson Christine Andrews Clare C. Armistead Patricia and Joseph B. Armstrong Sammie Arnold Julia Baker Megan and Bruce Barry Bob Bernstein Richard Blackett Evelyn B. Blackmon Carolyn D. Blevins Kathryn Boehm Gordon and Claudia Bonnyman Charles Borders Anne M. and Robert S. Brandt Mary Ann Buehler Ann and Frank Bumstead Gregory Buntain Anthony P. Cavender Susan Chapman Carol Clark Barbara Cobb Jim and Ellen Coulter Tamara Crabtree Barbara Daane Steve and Joanne Daniel Luda Davies Karen B. Davis Mary Ann Denney Ruth D'Eredita Sandy DeWald Amy P. Dietrich Kathleen and Burton Dietz The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Foundation Janet H. Fairchild Jenny Fernandez Norman and Kathleen Ferris Kim Ford Wilmoth Foreman Debbie Turner and Beth Fortune The Honorable Joe F. Fowlkes David Friedlander Joy Fulkerson Mary Belle Ginanni Holly A. Gleason Pat Gosch Sara and Stan Graber Jesse Graves Connie J. and Richard C. Green Maureen Grigsby David and Mary Hadden Carole and Keith Hagan John and Kathleen Harkey Mary K. Hendershot

Roberta T. Herrin Robin Holbrook Diane Honda Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hutton Tanner Jacobs Jane Jerry Ron Pennel and Marilyn Kemp Logan and Leslie Key Michael Knight Jim Knox Bill Kornrich Anne Krueger Susan Kupisch Lisa Eveleigh and Louis Kyriakoudes Dewey W. Lambdin, II Nate Lenow Lynn Lentz Ina Leonard Andrea O. E. Lindsey Elaine Loughlin Bobby Lovett Ken Mayes Anne McCraw Katie McDougall Hilda M. McGregor

Fundraising Spotlight

On October 12, 2018, the Authors In The Round dinner was held in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the Southern Festival of Books. Chaired by Sondra Cruickshanks and Joanna Hall, the event gathered 300 community members, including Festival authors, to celebrate the written word. Together, we raised more than $115,000 for the Festival! Thank you so much to every sponsor, table host, supporter and guest!

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GIFTS OF $100-$249, cont. Hilda M. McGregor Flossie McNabb Alice Merritt Terry Minnen Emily Mitchell Gretchen and Jeff Moore Peggy A. Morris Robert and Kay Moss Nashville Wraps * Dianne Ferrell Neal Ann S. and Charles L. Nored Mary Lou and Bob O'Gorman Ophelia T. and George C. Paine, II Nan Nelson Parrish Linda Parsons Margaret P. Partee Lisa Peerman Annette Peery Michelle and Mark Phillips Dan E. Pomeroy Kim Quillen Pat Redifer Julie K. Sandine Taylor Sartoris Laura H. Schmink Nelda B. Schreiber Carol R. Scott Phyllis and Ray Sells Ruta Sepetys Daniel Sharfstein Emily Shouse Joanne and Gary Slaughter Cynthia P. Smith Mary Q. and John H. Stevens Alice Faye Thompson Linda Thorne Michael Toomey Aleta and Byron Trauger Laura Anne Turner Kay Tyler Brenda R. Vantrease Joyce A. Vise Jinx Watson Alana White James O. and Ruth B. White Karen White Irene and W. Ridley Wills, II Jean B. Wiseman Barbara A. Wofford Frances H. Wolf

GIFTS OF $35-$99 Daniel Andrew Stephen V. and Jean C. Ash Carl and Pan Awsumb Sally and Clay Bailey KB Ballentine Neal and Linda Barber Donna R. and Ralph I. Barr Katrin Bean * Indicates in-kind support

Robert N. Beck Linda Behrend Charles Brooks Benjamin Mary Claire Bradshaw Carol C. Brewer Claudia Barnett and Gaylord Brewer Bill and Suzanne Brown Joyce Burti Alice R. Cannon Ginna Foster Cannon and Mark Cannon Michael Castle Joseph and Mary Cavarra Tina and Allen Chambers Mary Helen Clarke Linda Cooper Walter and Ruth Crouch Lynne Cushing Marjorie Davis Miriam DeCosta-Willis Delek Fund for Hope, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Anne W. and Don W. Der John and Bonnie Dings Jane DuBose Kira Duke Amy Elias Kathy S. Emery Teresa Ervin Cynthia Ezell Phyllis and Stanley P. Frank Mona Frederick Stephen G. Fritz Darwin A. Galloway Nina Gregg and Doug Gamble Elizabeth Gerlock Ellen Gilbert Patricia Riney Green Lisa Grider Johnanna L. Grimes-Williams Leanna Hamill John Shatzer and G'anne Harmon Joel Harrington Barbara H. Heath Margaret Lazarus Dean and Christopher Hebert Carole A. and Paul R. Hirth Henrietta B. Hobdy Jerrilyn Hobdy Pam Hoover Helen R. Houston Peggy F. Hoyal Ronald Humble Margie Hunter Kay Johnson Sherry A. Kendrick Cindy Kershner Chris Klauda Walter and Sarah Knestrick Susan W. Knowles Joe and Kathy Kremer Elizabeth Lemke Kim and Bob Looney

Eric Lease and Alex MacKay Bob and Heather Mangeot Ben and Loy Martin Kathleen Masulis June Hall McCash James E. and Judy McFarland Connie Meador Bonnie Meriwether JoAnn and David Miller MoonPie * Cathy Morgan Joe Morris Diane Mosley Margaret S. Norris, M.D. Tonie Osborne Keri and Joe Pagetta Bill and Emily Peach Pfizer Foundation Gregory Plemmons Angie and Mitch Pryor Don Ramming Drs. Richard R. and Carol Ranta Becky Ray Diana and Dave Revell Patricia Roe Deby K. Samuels Alice M. Sanford Rachel Schneider Debby Schriver Jenness and Alex B. Schuhmann Richard Schweid Michelle Seibert Maggie Selvidge Joan Blum Shayne Chuck Sherrill Helen Sirett Whitney Skirvin Tara Smart Sonia B. Smith Virginia Smith KC and Mary Smythe George Spain Marie Starks Helen Stewart Ann and Hix Stubblefield Edward T. Sullivan Stephanie Swartz Michelle Gray Taylor Michael Hicks Thompson Cliff Richeson and Bonnie Tinsley David Tucker Holly Tucker Corinne Van Buren Usha Virk Louise W. Watkins Bonnie Webb Lola White Deb and Evert Wilbrink Carolyn T. Wilson Jana Y. Wood Jenna Wright Patricia H. Wright Ray Zimmerman


There are many ways to support the work of Humanities Tennessee across the state, from financial gifts to volunteering and more. See below and visit our website at for more information. You may also contact Sandy Obodzinski, Development & Communications Director at

Attend a Humanities Tennessee event in rural and urban areas throughout the state. Visit the calendar on our website for details and follow social media channels for event updates in your area.

Give a one-time or recurring gift online or via mail. Financial gifts provide vital support. We also accept gifts of stock, charitable annuities, and commitments made via wills and estate plans.

Visit and to sign up for our newsletters (we never sell your information). Like, follow, share and comment on our social media channels to stay updated on all programs.

Volunteer your time to help with events, lend your leadership skills to our Board, or complete administrative tasks throughout the year. We also put out a call every year before the Southern Festival of Books.

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