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Dr. David Coffey will be the Guest Speaker on September 18th at 3:00 PM in the J. Houston Gordon Museum.



Dr. David Coffey will address “More Than Volunteers: Tennessee and the War of 1812” on September 18 at 3:00 PM in the Reading Room of the J. Houston Gordon Museum at the Paul Meek Library. Dr. Coffey, Professor and Chair of the UT Martin Department of History and Philosophy, will explore the role Tennesseans played in in the War of 1812 and the benefits accrued to the state as a result of their actions. He will also focus on how the 1812 conflict was a war of expansion and as much an Indian war as a conflict with the British.

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the University Museum’s exhibit “Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812” which features period artifacts from the era, such as a 7th US infantry soldier’s uniform and a book that was on the USS Constitution, swords, muskets, and other weapons owned by those who fought in the war, as well as a broad variety of documentary art, maps and illustrations that have been selected to recreate a flavor of the times.

Please come and listen to a fascinating talk about the part that Tennessee played in the War of 1812 and how it affected our State’s history. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture. For more information, call extension 7094 or contact Sam Richardson at: