Sparta Speaker Series spring 2018 begins April 10 at Oldham Theater

by | April 9, 2018 6:22 am

Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. – Sponsored by Friends and Staff of Virgin Falls State Natural Area and City of Sparta

April 10 – Blake Williams – From White County to Carnegie Hall

Sparta Native Blake Williams discusses the humor, history, heroes, and home that shaped his musical journey.

April 17 – Birding on the Cumberland Plateau

Believe it or not, there are over 200 species of birds that can be found in White County at various times throughout the year. What do they look like? What do they sound like? Where can they be found? How can I attract more birds to my yard? Doug Downs, a 25-year resident of White County, will give you answers to those and many other questions.

April 24 – History of Dog Cove

Dog Cove is a valley situated in White County, TN, and it is packed with history. From comb graves to caves to some still-standing structures, the history of Dog Cove goes back centuries. Join Kindra Brabson, TTU history student and State Park intern, to learn more about this amazing place.

May 1 – The Stories of Big Bone Cave

Big Bone Cave’s history stretches backwards through saltpeter mining during the Civil War and War of 1812. And even earlier, it was used by prehistoric Native Americans. And the stories don’t stop there. All of this history makes it one of the most important cultural sites in Tennessee. Join Stuart Carroll to unfold this history.

May 8 – Native Americans on the Cumberland Plateau

The history, and prehistory, of Native peoples in the Upper Cumberland are far richer than most present-day inhabitants realize. Dr. Troy Smith from Tennessee Tech will discuss the early historical period in particular, and explain the interactions of the Yuchis, Cherokees, Shawnees, and other tribes that set the stage for the settlement of White County.

May 15 – History Along the Calfkiller

Discover some of the rich history that developed along the Calfkiller as it winds its way through White County. Tennessee State Parks’ Seth Webster shares stories and insights from the days of the Native Americans, to the Industrial Age.

May 22 – Covered Graves & Other Cemetery Traditions of the Cumberlands

Join Dr Ric Finch as he tells the story of graves and cemeteries including the comb grave tradition, its White County origins in the early 19th century, and its spread to other states.

May 29 – The Migration of the Necked Discoid Gravemarker

Join author Mike McNerny as he talks about the migration of a uniquely shaped pioneer gravemarker from the Carolina coast to Oklahoma during the westward migration and settlement of the nation. In addition the style is documented in Ireland, Spain and Italy spanning approximately 2500 years.

June 5 – Almost a National Park: the early days of Fall Creek Falls National Recreation Demonstration Area

Join Park Manager Stuart Carroll to explore the creation of Fall Creek Falls Park in 1935, and its early development by the National Park Service.

June 12 – Hidden Gems of White County

White County is a diverse area, filled with fascinating history and natural beauty. And, there are lots of “off the beaten path” attractions. Join Marvin Bullock, President of the Sparta/White County Chamber of Commerce in this exploration.

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