Teacher’s Workshop

“Incorporating Local History and Genealogy in the Classroom”


Use the links below to electronically sign up for the event.

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society, in partnership with many heritage organizations, and the Jonesborough Visitors Center and Emporium, to host the first “Incorporating Local History and Genealogy in the Classroom,” on Friday Night, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th. 

This event’s purpose is to bring local heritage engagement to area youth through bringing together resources and speakers to area teachers on how to incorporate local history and genealogy in the classrooms, as well as bring together all of the county’s heritage groups for this cause. This event has several brilliant speakers and resources that when brought together will bring together a tremendous event for teachers.
Heritage Organizations interested in participating, please email us at info@jgstn.org.


Partner Organizations: 
Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee Historical Society
East Tennessee History Center
Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia
Jonesborough Visitors Center
Kings Mountain Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
Overmountain Victory Trail Association
State of Franklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Tennessee State Library and Archives Education Outreach
Wild Women of Jonesborough

Event Schedule:



Friday, 5:30 pm

Welcome and Introductions

Friday, 6 pm – 7 pm

Dr. Daryl Carter, Professor of History and Interim Director of Africana Studies, East Tennessee State University, “Incorporating Racial, Cultural and Minority History in the Classroom”

Friday, 7 pm – 8 pm

Brigette Jones, Curator of Social History, Tennessee State Museum, “Tennessee Slavery: Perspectives, Parallels, and Psychology with relation to the Belle Meade Plantation”



Saturday, 9 am


Saturday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Ryan C. Bernard, Education & Outreach Archivist, Archives of Appalachia

Saturday, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, “In Their Own Words: Museum Theatre as a Teaching Tool”

Saturday, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Lunch, on your own through the Town of Jonesborough

Saturday, 1 pm – 2 pm

Lisa Oakley, Curator of Education, East Tennessee Historical Society, ETHS Education and Using Genealogy in the Classroom

Saturday, 2 pm – 3 pm

Casey Gymrek, Education Specialist, Tennessee State Library and Archives, TSLA Education Outreach

Saturday, 3 pm – 4 pm

Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, “Experiencing History in Multiple Ways: Teaching History On Site and Through Zoom”

Saturday, 4 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks