Shiloh Ranger to Present Native American Programs at the Tennessee River Museum
Contact: Marcus Johnson, 731-689-5696
Shiloh Battlefield will be presenting programs at the museum on August 1st and August 8th, 2011. “We feel that this partnership between Shiloh and the Tennessee River Museum, and the wonderful programs offered by our park staff, will encourage visitation to both sites and motivate visitors to explore more of Hardin County,” stated Park Superintendent Woody Harrell. “In addition,” Harrell continued, “visitors who possess a Shiloh Battlefield entrance permit also receives free admission to the Tennessee River Museum, creating a more economical weekend trip for individual visitors and families.”
The ranger led programs will focus on two aspects of Native American life. These two programs are:
1. Foods of the Native Americans. This program will focus on what the Shiloh Indians hunted and gathered for sustenance. However, the Mississippian period also saw the increased dependence on agriculture, and the natives gradually depended more on farming for food. This 25-minute program will be offered on Monday, August 1st at 11 a.m.
2. Medicinal Herbs of the Native Americans. This program will focus on common herbs and plants the Shiloh Indians used in sickness and injury. Many of the plants and herbs used then have had positive influences on modern medicine. Many of these natural remedies continue to be used today. This 25-minute program will be offered on Monday, August 8th at 11 a.m.
The Tennessee River Museum, located in downtown Savannah, Tennessee, about 11 miles northeast of Shiloh battlefield, presents the history of the lower Tennessee River Valley from Paducah, Kentucky, to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Exhibits chronicle prehistoric times, including native Mississippian mound builders, the tragic story of the “Trail of Tears,” the Tennessee River today. Museum hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information please contact the Tennessee River Museum at (731) 925-2364 or Park Ranger Marcus Johnson at (731) 689-5696. You may also visit Shiloh National Military Park’s website at www.nps.gov/shil.
Did You Know?
Major General Lew Wallace commanded a Federal division at Shiloh. He later gained more fame as the author of Ben Hur.