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The role of the Tennessee frontier in the revolutionary founding of the nation will be the topic of an inaugural symposium that will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be served.

The symposium will also be offered as a workshop for K–12 teachers and will cover material that will help them incorporate Tennessee history in their curricula. Teachers interested in attending should contact Lisa Oakley ( at the East Tennessee Historical Society. Certificates will be provided to teachers who attend the symposium.

The UT Department of History is sponsoring the event in partnership with Blount Mansion, the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Marble Springs State Historic Site.

Scholars at the American Revolution on the Tennessee Frontier Symposium will explore how access to frontier lands and control over Appalachian territories contributed to key factors that caused the American Revolution.

The event will address topics such as the Cherokee; William Blount; the Battle of King’s Mountain, which involved prominent frontier settlers such as John Sevier; and the peace treaty that ended the war and paved the way for Tennessee to become the 16th state in 1796.


Chris Magra (865- 974-9868,