After being awarded the Veterans Legacy Program contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs earlier this year, we are thrilled to have so much good news to report. In the last several months, the student researchers have continued to investigate and document the individual stories of veterans buried in Knoxville National Cemetery. CSWS staff have made public appeals for information about these veterans on local television and at various local organizations’ meetings.
There was also a dynamic teachers’ workshop held at the East Tennessee Historical Society where about 17 local schoolteachers were introduced to excellent new lesson plans for K-12 education, which weave in stories of veterans buried with honors at the Knoxville National Cemetery. These lesson plans were produced by a master teacher, Katherine Petko. This was followed by a historical tour of the cemetery itself, led by local historian Jack Neely. Neely and Paul James of the Knox History Project produced a book on the KNC that is a wonderful introduction to the Civil War Era creation and history of the cemetery and also highlights some of the veterans buried there. The book received a Knox Heritage Historic Preservation award in 2018. To order a copy of the book go to knoxvillehistoryproject.org.
The most recent product of our grant work is a brief 10-minute documentary, The Knoxville Veterans Legacy Program at University of Tennessee. In it, we chronicle the work that has been completed to date. Please view the documentary on our Facebook page or at our website.