Progressive Era in Tennessee comes to life in 2022...

Progressive Era in Tennessee comes to life in 2022 with MTSU virtual lecturers

MTSU scholars will continue their examination of a pivotal period in Tennessee history with several enlightening online presentations.

Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, assistant director of the Center for Historic Preservation, will speak about “The Woman’s Relief Corps and Patriotic Outreach in Tennessee, 1890-1913” in a webinar set to begin at 5 p.m. Central time Tuesday, Jan. 18, at

Dr. Antoinette Van Zelm, assistant director, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Antoinette Van Zelm

The lecture is the latest in the “Tennessee 101: Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era” webinar series presented by the Tennessee Historical Society.

The series is funded in part by Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other upcoming lectures by members of the MTSU community include:

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Click on the logo to register for and watch the free lecture series.

• “County Women in Rural Tennessee: The Suffrage Question,” Aubrie McDaniel, MTSU alumna, Tuesday, Jan. 25.

• “Work of African American Women’s Associations in Tennessee,” Leigh Ann Gardner, MTSU alumna, Jan. 25.

• “Transforming Space and Culture in Tennessee’s Town Squares: The Ladies Rest Room Initiative, 1900-30,” Dr. Carroll Van West, director of the Center for Historic Preservation and Tennessee state historian, Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Dr. Mary A. Evins, professor of history, coordinator of the American Democracy Project, member of the University Honors College faculty

Dr. Mary A. Evins

Dr. Carroll Van West, director, Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Carroll Van West

• “Deference v. Defiance: Challenges to Patriarchy— and What We Still Want to Know,” Dr. Mary Evins, research professor of history and coordinator of the American Democracy Project at MTSU, Feb. 22.

“In October 2020, with the support of Humanities Tennessee, we transitioned our lecture series to the online environment,” said Jennifer C. Core, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Society.

Tennessee Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer C. Core (Photo submitted)

Jennifer C. Core

“Doing so has allowed people from all over the world — (including) Brazil, Australia and France — to learn about Tennessee’s fascinating history. We hope the audience who joins us for this free webinar series will gain an appreciation for Tennesseans’ participation in local, state and national events from 1896 to 1920.”

For more information about “Tennessee 101: Tennessee Women in the Progressive Era,” contact Evins at 615-904-8241 or or the Tennessee Historical Society at 615-741-8934 or

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