The Spirit of Sojourner Truth
After the tremendous success of last year's living history event with Michael Crutcher as Frederick Douglass, "Right is of no sex, and truth is of no color," the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is excited to welcome Dr. Daisy Century as Sojourner Truth. The event will be held at St. James Episcopal Church in historic downtown Greeneville, TN on March 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. For more information email Jennifer Pierce.
Updated Revolving Temporary Exhibit
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site will showcase its newest rotating exhibit “From a Living Legacy to a Descendant’s Dream.” The exhibit highlights the efforts of Margaret Johnson Patterson Bartlett, the Great-Granddaughter of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson, and her efforts to preserve the story of her ancestor. Park superintendent Lizzie Watts stated that Mrs. Bartlett was the prime champion of creating the site. She visited Congress on numerous occasions to plead her case. And she was successful.
The exhibit includes a number of photographs of Mrs. Bartlett and a concise history of the challenges that she faced in her efforts to preserve the Andrew Johnson story and the site becoming a unit of the National Park Service.
For the Sesquicentennial
To recognize and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site has created Civil War specific exhibits relating to Andrew Johnson and his family. Andrew Johnson served as Military Governor of Tennessee starting in 1862, and his family either served in the army or spent time as refugees as they struggled to join him in Nashville, TN.
2013 Event Highlights at Andrew Johnson NHS and National Cemetery:
Wreaths Across America
On Saturday, December 14, 2013 the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery hosted the national Wreaths Across America program. The mission of the Wreaths Across America program is to "Remember-Honor-Teach."
Holiday Open House
The Andrew Johnson Homestead was open Friday December 6, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. for a Holiday Open House. The Homestead was decorated with Victorian decorations typical of the time, and costumed interpreters welcomed visitors to the "candlelit" house.
Education on Site
On August 3, 2013, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site took part in the annual Emancipation Day celebration on the grounds of George Clem School. Emancipation Day commemorates the day Andrew Johnson freed his personal slaves on August 8, 1863. This year marked the 150th anniversary of the event. The site created a display highlighting the history of Andrew Johnson and Emancipation and the legacy of Andrew Johnson's slaves. The highlights of the exhibit were copies of newspaper articles about August 8th events from 1871 until the present, and the display of a cane carved by Sam Johnson for a member of the Andrew Johnson family.
A Memorial Day program was held in the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery on May 30, 2013. May 30 is the traditional date of Memorial Day. The event commemorates a time-honored tradition of remembrance, and is a partnership between the American Legion Post #64, the Greene County Honor Guard, the Marine Corp League, and the Boy Scouts of America.
"But Words Shall Never Harm Me"
Eliza Johnson is credited with teaching her husband to read and write. He actually had the rudiments of an education, and she helped further it along. Andrew Johnson acknowledged his gratitude in some of his speeches:
And from Johnson's remarks at the Tennessee State Fair (1857): "I tell you, my fellow-citizens, the day is coming when it will be seen that the integrity of this government depends upon the education of our daughters."
Junior Ranger Day 2013 was a huge success with two "History Hikes" offered throughout the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and the town of Greeneville. Participants learned about such varied topics as history, the Civil War, historic architecture, and the U.S. flag.
Easter Egg Roll
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site partnered with the Nathanael Greene Museum & invited the young, and the young at heart, to participate in the annual "Easter Egg Roll" on Saturday, March 23rd at the Andrew Johnson Homestead. More than 50 children participated in the event. Andrew Johnson was the first president to hold the Easter Egg Roll on the White House grounds. The tradition, started by Dolley Madison, was held at the Capitol for many years. It moved to the White House permanently during the Hayes administration.
WBIR Satellite truck at the Andrew Johnson Homestead
President's Day Events
On Monday, February 18, WBIR broadcast a live President's Day program from the Andrew Johnson Homestead.
Did You Know?
The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000.00 during Andrew Johnson's administration. Secretary of State William Seward was instrumental in the purchase. People who thought the investment a bad idea called the purchase "Seward's Folly" and "Johnson's Polar Bear Garden."