2016 September Meeting

Ken Moore will present a program at the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting on September 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg. The program is “A Masonic History of Moore County Lodges and a Cemetery‘. He will discuss the various Masonic Lodges that have been in Moore County. He will also talk about the Lynchburg Cemetery, which was originally established as the Odd Fellows and Masonic Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge was cemetery custodian for many years after the Odd Fellow Lodge ceased to exist. It is now governed by an independent board. Ken Moore is very active in the Lynchburg Masonic Lodge (Farris Creek #509). He has held all offices in the Masonic Lodge, and has served as secretary for many years. He is the historian for the Lodge and has actively worked with the cemetery in the past. He is a long time resident of Moore County. Ken is retired after working many years in law enforcement and transportation industry.

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or at 931-581-2621.

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2016 June Meeting

The next meeting of the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society will be held Sunday June 12, 2016 at 2.00 PM at the Masonic Hall in Lynchburg. The program will be about Cemeteries, documentation and location.. The speaker will be Dr. Gerald Smith of Sewanee who teaches at the University of the South.

Since 1998, Smith has been doing primary field research on the cemeteries of Middle Tennessee, visiting dozens of cemeteries each year. In 1999 he and Columbia, Tennessee, student Lonsdale Green co-authored a paper presented in London on the “Stone Burial Monuments of Middle Tennessee.” Smith has been particularly interested in discovering and describing Tennessee’s long-abandoned (and overgrown) cemeteries. He trains his students in basic field techniques such as mapping, use of GPS devices, digital photography, stone recognition, and tree identification to understand the way cemeteries mature and then decay over a century or more. His program on “Sacred Suburbs” has been given or requested by a number of Tennessee towns. Smith has also lectured on cemeteries for the Friends of the Library of the University of the South, for the Sewanee Summer Seminar, and for the Franklin County Historical Society. He has developed a middle-school lesson plan for an interdisciplinary approach for teams of teachers to use in teaching school children about local cemeteries. He has used his cemetery skills in advising local authorities in managing cemeteries on public lands or in proposed highway right-of-way corridors.

Dr. Gerald L. Smith studied religion and philosophy of science at Duke University where he received his Doctorial Degree. Smith is currently at work as co-editor of three books on the history of the University of the South and was recently elected president of the Franklin County Historical Society. He has taught at the University of the South for over 45 years.

The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.  For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621 .

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2016 March Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on The Dixie Highway at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: March 13 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.

Marjorie Collier will discuss the Dixie Highway, the first major north/south paved highway in the United States, built mostly between the years 1915 and 1927 to connect Chicago with Miami. It was to have a major impact on the society, culture, and economics of the country. The original route ran through Tullahoma coming in on what is now Highway 130 through Franklin County and leaving through Bedford County and parts of Moore County.

Marjorie S. Collier was born in Madison, Indiana and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. She received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Teaching degree from MTSU. She has taught at Tennessee Tech and substituted at local schools. She has worked at Tennessee OSHA, and at Arnold Center, she worked as an engineer for contractor ARO, Corps of Engineers, and Air Force Civil Service. She obtained a license as a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Tennessee. She was married to Herman Collier and is the mother of five children and grandmother of ten children.

Her interests include history and preserving natural areas. She is a charter member of the Historic Preservation Society of Tullahoma and Friends of Short Springs (State Natural Area). Marjorie is co-author of “Coffee County from Arrowheads to Rockets” and editor of the Historic Society’s publication, “Tullahoma Time-Table”. She has served on the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen and Tullahoma Utilities Board and is currently a member of the Historic Zoning Commission of Tullahoma. She sings in the choir at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and fills in on organ when the regular organist is absent.

For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621

The Moore County Historical Society’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/243438172439297/

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2015 November Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on The history of Camp Forrest at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: November 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome.

Our speaker David Hiebert from Tullahoma who grew up in Topeka, KS. He was the Chief of the Office of History at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), Arnold Air Force Base, TN. and became the historian for AEDC in July 1987 and is recently retired.

He spent several years in West Germany in his academic career. Summers were spent in Holzkirchen and Eutin, where he took intensive language courses, He attended the University of Bonn, West Germany. He graduated from the University of Kansas with an honors degree in German.

He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg, and his Master’s thesis was on the British occupation of Hamburg. He was selected as a Fellow of the Institute for European History, Mainz, West Germany. He spent two years researching psychiatric records from the First World War for his dissertation, “Psychosocial Consequences of the First World War: The Effect of Posttraumatic Stress on the German Family, 1914-29.” He has lectured on this topic at leading British, German, and U.S. academic institutions.

He has been recognized by the American Historical Association as an expert on Project Paperclip, which brought German scientists to America after World War II. In his career at AEDC, he designed a historical lecture series, published in international technical journals, and collaborated with the National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, NASA, academia, and industry. He received awards as AEDC Civilian of the Year; United States Air Force Systems Command Nominee, Gill Robb Wilson Trophy, Most Outstanding Contribution to National Defense in Arts and Letters; the Exemplary Civilian Service Medal; the Air Force Historian’s Special Achievement Award; the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award; and a citation from the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest.

He is also music director and organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Tullahoma. He and his wife, Joyce, have two children: Jean and Mark.

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621.

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2015 September Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on Civil War Veterans in the Moore County Area at  the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday, September 13, 2015  at 2:00 pm.   The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. The speaker is Pat Berges who is  publications editor  for the Coffee County Historical Society.   She will speak on local Civil War Veterans.  Pat was born born in Chattanooga, and spent her early life in Manchester in the extended household of her maternal grandparents Dave and Mattie (Myers) Sain.  Pat has been working on family genealogy for about 40 years, tracing her mother’s family through Coffee and Grundy Counties back to Warren County in the early 1800s. She has served as an officer and on the board of directors for the Warren Co. Genealogical Association, the Coffee County Historical Society, and the Grundy County Historical Society, as well as the Manchester Historic Zoning Commission.  She currently serves as Coffee County Historical Society’s Publications Editor, presents genealogy workshops, and has been involved in numerous other projects for all of these organizations.   The Coffee County Historical Society has published 4 volumes on Coffee County Civil War Veterans and will publish at least 2 more.

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621.

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2015 June Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on Judah P. Benjamin, “A Confederate genius”  at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday:   June 14, 2015  at 2:00 pm.   The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. The speaker is Tullahoma historian,  Milan Hill.  He retired from the Tullahoma School system after teaching over 30 years.  He has a degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University .   He is a member of the Dr. J. B. Cowan Camp 155 Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Judah Philip Benjamin was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States..   Benjamin was the first person professing the Jewish faith to be elected to the United States Senate, and the first to hold a cabinet position in North America. His family first emigrated to North Carolina and then to Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States. Benjamin attended Yale, and after departing without graduating, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he read law and passed the bar. Confederate President Jefferson Davis first appointed him Attorney General then  Davis later appointed him Secretary of War. and next  promoted him to the Confederate State Department in March 1862 As Secretary of State, Benjamin attempted to gain recognition of the Confederacy by France and the United Kingdom; his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.  When Davis fled the Confederate capital of Richmond in early 1865, Benjamin went with him, but Benjamin made his way to Britain, and became a lawyer , again rising to the top of his profession before retiring in 1883. He died in Paris the following year.

For further information contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621

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8th Chestnut Ridge Cousins’ Reunion

Chestnut Ridge CousinsFayetteville, Tennessee / July 10-12, 2015

Click for details: http://www.chestnutridgecousins.org/reunion.html
Member Registration cost $15.00 per family (meals extra)
The Cousins welcome everyone, especially descendants of early families who settled in the hills and hollows where Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall, and Moore counties come together. 2015 Chesnut Ridge Cousins vendor and registration forms

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2015 March Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on “Beginning Genealogy” at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on
Sunday: March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The program will be for persons with little knowledge of genealogy and how to get started. We will concentrate on how to do it as economically as possible. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621.

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2014 November Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program on the Lynchburg Historic District at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday: November 9 at 2:00 pm. The speaker will be Steve May. He will speak about the current Lynchburg Historic District and what we need to do to maintain and enhance the area. Steve is the the Manager of the Jack Daniel Visitors Center and a member of the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce. Lynchburg enjoys over a 250,000 thousand visitors a year and the historical area has a significant financial impact on the area. The maintenance of the historical district a joint project of the historical society and the chamber of commerce. The meeting is open to the public and guests are welcome. For further information contact Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email grannyjorobertson@gmail.com or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621.

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2014 September Meeting

The Moore County Historical Society will present a program entitled “Jim Bobo’s Fatal Ride” at the Masonic Lodge in Lynchburg on Sunday September 14 at 2:00 pm.  The program will cover a  folk music song at that dealt with at fatal bicycle accident in Tullahoma, that claimed the life of James Simpson Bobo.

The accident occurred in 1894 and the song was popular for many years.  James Bobo lived in Shelbyville, Moore County and finally Tullahoma and was a prosperous merchant in Tullahoma at his death.  We will also discuss plans for the parking at the Jack Daniels Barbeque.  Volunteers are needed to park cars for the Barbeque.  You do not have to be a member to help, family and friends are welcome. We will have 2 hour shifts and you are entitled to a choice parking place for your work, (and you also meet a lot of nice people).  This is one of our major fund raisers and Ronald Spencer is our coordinator.

For more information about our meeting, contact  Betty Robertson at 931-759-7763, email  grannyjorobertson@gmail.com  or George Stone at georgestone@cafes.net or by phone at 931-581-2621 .

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