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NPT Highlights Locals and New Documentaries for Veterans Day 2017

Published on November 1, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

NPT’s Veterans Day programming for 2017 includes new documentaries, NPT originals on social media and the ongoing weekly replays of the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War series. Follow NPT on Facebook for a new collection of 30-second audiograms featuring Middle Tennessee veterans expressing their thoughts and concerns. Vietnam War-era veterans speak of lingering dissatisfaction with […]

Free Preview Screenings & Discussions of Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s ‘The Vietnam War’

Published on August 23, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

The Vietnam War, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere Sept. 17, 2017, on NPT. The series will air 7 p.m. nightly Sunday through Thursday, through Sept. 28 with an encore broadcast immediately following each night’s premiere. NPT is producing three original spots focusing on different aspects […]

NPT and Local Museums Commemorate the Great War with Programs, Exhibits

Published on April 6, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

In April 1917, the United States entered the First World War, a conflict that had been consuming Europe for two-and-a-half years. NPT is airing The Great War, a documentary miniseries, and a special Great Performances dance presentation to mark the centennial of U.S. involvement in the war. If these programs spark your interest in the […]

Similar Stories of Freedpeople on ‘Mercy Street’ and in Tennessee

Published on March 6, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum The Season 2 finale of Mercy Street ties up a number of plotlines while leaving a few lingering questions. One of the major themes of the series is how African Americans continued their march toward freedom and in telling these stories, Mercy Street also hits upon the main injustices […]

As on ‘Mercy Street,’ Artists Documented the Civil War in Tennessee

Published on February 20, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum The second season of Mercy Street introduces the character of French anatomy artist Lisette Beaufort. Her primary job at the hospital is to create illustrations of patient wounds and medical procedures for publication in medical instruction books, but she also records poignant moments for the people of Mansion House. […]

Civil War-Era Prostitution on ‘Mercy Street’ and in Nashville

Published on February 6, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum In episode three of Mercy Street, Dr. Foster and Nurse Hastings are sent to treat a Union Army officer for a sexually transmitted disease. The episode touches upon the prevalence of prostitution in occupied cities and military camps during the Civil War. Nashville not only experienced this problem, but […]

As on ‘Mercy Street,’ Spying and Smuggling Were Common in Civil War Tennessee

Published on January 30, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum Spoiler alert: This blog post may contain plot spoilers. In The House Guest, this week’s Mercy Street episode, Alice Green feigns love for a Union soldier in order to gather information for the Rebellion. This scheme turns out to be more dangerous than she thought and results in tragic […]

‘Mercy Street’ Battles Smallpox in Season 2 Opener

Published on January 23, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

By Rob DeHart Tennessee State Museum In the opening episode of Season 2 of Mercy Street, a smallpox epidemic ravages a camp for freed African Americans. Mansion House’s doctors initially ignore the epidemic, viewing it as a “slave disease,” until Nurse Mary Phinney eventually convinces the hospital to take it seriously. This was an all […]

‘Mercy Street’ Civil War Drama and State Museum Curator’s Blog Return

Published on January 20, 2017 By MiChelle Jones

Mercy Street, PBS’ original Civil War drama in more than a decade, returns for a second season Sunday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Again this year we’ve invited Tennessee State Museum curator Rob DeHart to write a weekly blog post that will draw on the museum’s collection to localize the story to the Middle Tennessee […]

New Masterpiece Dramas Start January 1 with ‘Sherlock’

Published on December 30, 2016 By MiChelle Jones

A fresh trio of Masterpiece dramas premiere in January, starting with Sherlock on Masterpiece on New Year’s Day at 8 p.m., followed in the coming weeks by the new series Victoria, and the second season of Mercy Street. GAME CHANGER Season 4 of Sherlock begins with “The Six Thatchers,” which finds the famously manic and […]