published Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Registration opens for Civil War sesquicentennial signature event (ongoing)

Registration has opened for Tennessee's 2013 Civil War sesquicentennial signature event.

Titled "Occupation and Liberation," the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga will take place Oct. 9-12 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and surrounding historic sites. It will feature educational symposiums, book signings, speaker-led ticketed tours and entertainment.

The three-day event kicks off Oct. 9 with the Looking Back Project hosted by Tennessee State Library and Archives. That will be followed on Oct. 10 by a teachers workshop, "Teaching Occupation and Liberation," hosted by Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Historic Preservation. Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD., associate professor of history at University of Kentucky, will provide the keynote address the evening of Oct. 10.

The official 150th Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 and will include special guests, battlefield preservation announcements and musical performances. The ceremony will be followed by a forum with the nation's foremost historians on the Battles for Chattanooga, living-history demonstrations and an exhibit offering rare and unique artifacts from the Battles for Chattanooga.

Symposium sessions continue Oct. 12. Topics include "Military Strategy in the Civil War" and "Civil War Commemoration and Memorialization."

All events sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission are free. To register, email tn.civilwar150@tn.gov or call the registration line at 615-532-7520.

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