Tennessee Tourism Announces 2013 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event Registration Now Open

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"Occupation and Liberation," a Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission sponsored event, will commemorate the 150th of the Battles for Chattanooga Oct. 9-12. Presenters will discuss battles, events, and stories of the Civil War.

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Registration is now open for Tennessee’s 2013 Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event which remembers the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga. Titled “Occupation and Liberation,” the commemoration will take place Oct. 9-12, 2013 at the Chattanooga Convention Center and surrounding historic sites and will feature educational symposiums, book signings, special 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 followed by a teacher’s workshop “Teaching Occupation and Liberation” on Oct. 10, hosted by MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation. Amy Murrell Taylor, PhD, associate professor of history at University of Kentucky will provide the keynote address, 7 - 8:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 10.

The Official 150th Commemoration Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. EDT, Oct. 11 and will include special guests, battlefield preservation-related announcements and inspiring musical performances. The ceremony will be followed by a forum with America’s foremost historians on the Battles for Chattanooga, living history demonstrations and a Sesquicentennial Civil War 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 Memorialzation.”

To register for the event, email tn.civilwar150@tn.gov or call the registration line 615-532-7520. All Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sponsored events are free and open to the public.

The Signature Event is jointly sponsored by the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, Tennessee Historical Society, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, The Friends of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Friends of the Park, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host commemoration events throughout 2013.

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Melanie Beauchamp
Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development
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