Education Outreach: Professional Development

The Tennessee State Library and Archives offers regular content-based, primary source workshops for educators. If you would like to have the Library & Archives provide professional development for educators in your community, please contact Kelly Wilkerson at 615-253-3469 or by email at


Trailblazing Tennesseans: People Who Made History in the Volunteer State

During the 2022-2023 school year, the Tennessee State Library and Archives invites Tennessee teachers to attend a workshop exploring Tennesseans who have had an impact on our state's history. From September 2022- June 2023, we'll travel the state offering this workshop series to educators at locations statewide.

Focusing on the use of primary sources found in the collection of the Library & Archives, this workshop will examine Tennessee history topics from the 4th, 5th, 8th, and High School American History curriculum standards for social studies. The workshop will conclude with teacher participants working together to create a primary source activity for use in the classroom.

Teacher participants will receive lunch and six hours of professional development credit.

To Register: Registration information is located below. Simply click on the location you are interested in attending and follow the prompts to register.

This workshop series is funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a division of the National Archives. Learn more about NHPRC at

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th

Location: Tennessee State Library and Archives


Date: Saturday, September 24th

Location: MSCS Teaching and Learning Academy (enter through back parking lot)

Johnson City

Date: Tuesday, October 25th

Location: Holston River Regional Library


Date: Wednesday, October 26th

Location: East Tennessee Historical Society


Date: Thursday, November 3rd

Location: Hatchie River Regional Library


Date: Saturday, November 5th

Location: CMCSS, Central Services South Building


Date: Wednesday, November 16th

Location: The Teacher Place


Date: Thursday, January 26th

Location: Stones River Regional Library


Date: Saturday, February 25th

Location: Tennessee State Library & Archives


Date: Tuesday, March 7th

Location: Buffalo River Regional Library


Date: Tuesday, June 6th

Location: Falling Water Regional Library