Come to the back-yard of the Andrew Johnson Homestead on Thursday, August 25, 2016, 4:00—6:30 pm.
Enjoy Cake, Smoky Mountain Bluegrass band, Button-making, fun Photo Props, and a Student Art Show display!
Temporary Exhibit -Conciliatory Peace?
The year 1865 was enormously challenging for Andrew Johnson. He inherited a chaotic, war-weary nation and a devastated South. Since the spring of that year, President Johnson had been able to carry out his own vision of a reunified country and a reconstructed south. However, as autumn began to yield to the winter months, Congress returned to Washington after nearly a nine month absence. Soon, Johnson would realize that the days of exerting leadership without the interaction of congress were over. The political landscape was quickly altered. Congressional Reconstruction had begun.
The temporary exhibit at the site Visitor Center will explore the social and political atmosphere of the period, as well as introduce the major players during one of the most pivotal times in our national history. The Visitor Center is open from 9:00 - 5:00 daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site is participating in the Blue Star Museum program. Read More.
Highlights of previous programs at Andrew Johnson NHS:
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:
Nashville's Union and American synopsis from a Johnson speech at Sparta (1853): "God bless woman! For she had taught him the rudiments of the education which he had."
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."