Arts & Culture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Library and Archives is holding a free workshop about World War I and the 60,000 Tennesseans who served in The Great War.

The session will focus on Tennessee war hero Alvin C. York who earned the Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations. Tennessee Tech University history professor Michael Birdwell will lead the workshop.

Birdwell says much of what people think they know about York is probably wrong, including the fact that he captured all those German soldiers single-handedly.

While the aim of the wedding ceremony remains to form a lifelong union, the bride’s gown has been transformed into various styles over the years.

Many of those styles will be on display in “Wedding Dresses through the Decades,” an exhibit from Jan. 11 through March 8, at Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro.

The MTSU Department of Human Sciences is a partner in the fourth annual event, contributing dress forms and sign holders for more than 50 gowns representing styles from 1860 through 2014.

Volunteer Opportunity: Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon 

April 22-26th 
Downtown Nashville 

Volunteer registration is now open for the 2015 St. Jude Country Music Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. Help us celebrate this annual running tradition by supporting over 33,000 runners and walkers, as well as our numerous official charities. 

With over 1,800 positions available there is a spot for everyone, including teams, corporate groups, or just friends and families.

There’s still time to ensure that you’ll get to retrace the Allies’ footsteps in Italy and Sicily this summer.

A few more places remain for a new MTSU study-abroad course led by Dr. Derek Frisby, an associate professor of global studies and cultural geography.

Non-MTSU students are welcome to join the class on a 15-day trek through Italy and Sicily in July 2015, whether they fly with the group or arrange for flights on their own. The deadline to apply is March 6.

The Hermitage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  It was during this week in 1812 that one of Tennessee’s most famous sons led American troops against the British in the Battle of New Orleans.

Most Tennesseans recognize Andrew Jackson as one of the nation’s early presidents, but a visit to Jackson’s mid-state home, The Hermitage, suggests most are not aware of Jackson’s role in this pivotal battle.