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Tennessee Thanksgiving Proclamation

On this day in history 147 years ago, William G. Brownlaw, Governor of Tennessee proclaimed Thursday, the 29th day of November “be set apart and observed as a day of thanksgiving.” We’re Closed Please note that Special Collections & University Archives will be closed in celebration of the holiday from November 28 to November 30, 2013. Happy Thanksgiving! For more information about library closures, visit Library Hours. Source Ann

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In Honor of Veterans Day

Although World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, fighting ceased seven months earlier on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month. “The War to end all wars” ceased on what became known as Veterans Day in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson first commemorated the Great War’s armistice with the following words: To us in America, the

Nightmare on Vine Street

Among the most popular stories told about the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga are our vivid ghost stories.  Passed down through the years, some of these stories are sad tales of lives lost too soon, while some are mere speculative superstitions or campus sightings of spirits.  Whatever your belief, these stories are sure to capture your imagination. Hooper Hall According to former UTC administrator Sandy Cole,

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Happy Birthday Emma Bell Miles

Born 134 years ago on October 19, 1879, Emma Bell Miles was one of Southern Appalachia’s earliest naturalists.  Also an artist, poet, and writer, Emma Bell Miles lived on Walden’s Ridge, near today’s town of Signal Mountain, for most of her adult life.  Although her husband, Frank Miles, was a hard worker, he had trouble finding paying work on Walden’s Ridge, so the task of earning money fell on

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The Civil War in Tennessee: Looking Back 150 Years

One hundred and fifty years ago this fall, Union and Confederate forces fought several battles in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee during the American Civil War.  Union forces, under command of General William Rosecrans, had taken control of Chattanooga in August of 1863, driving Confederate troops, under command of General Braxton Bragg, south into north Georgia.  The resulting bloody battle of Chickamauga, approximately fifteen miles south of Chattanooga, would claim

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