I am pleased to announce the first open community event related to the new land study being conducted in Tennessee. A team of activists, scholars and community members from across East Tennessee have been developing the curriculum for a one-day teach-in to familiarize participants about the past land study and to invite them to help co-create the new activities for the study which will be happening in Tennessee over the next 2-3 years.
The event will be held this coming Saturday, May 20th, at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee, from 11am-4pm.
According to the organizing team, “This teach-in will be the first step in the process of gathering input from across the region, and training and empowering citizens to do the work of the study in their own communities. We will share information about past land studies and ways to do the work, and will collect feedback from Tennesseans about what they want to know about who owns their communities.”
Among the goals of the teach-in will be:
- Discussing the history of land ownership in Tennessee and Appalachia
- Identifying local histories and public assets in communities throughout East Tennessee
- Sharing the outcomes and processes of previous studies
- Learning how to access and compile land ownership data
- Developing a list of priorities for the study that meet your local needs
- Assigning tasks for the next steps in the study
The organizers have prepared learning materials about the old and new land studies, which can previewed by visiting:
For more information please contact organizers Adam Hughes at (865) 249-7488 or Bonnie Swinford at (865) 755-0095.
To register for the event, please visit: tiny.cc/TNLandStudy.