Enduring Visions: Historical Views of Americans and Their World

Construction on Norris Dam, TVA Historic Photo Collection

"Enduring Visions: Historical Views of Americans and their World" Teaching American History (TAH) Grant includes three school districts: Anderson (lead education agency), Sevier, and Union County Schools in the Tennessee River Valley. As the "Enduring Visions" TAH project main partners, the East Tennessee Historical Society and the history department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville provide the project staff as well as content and teaching method instruction. The "Enduring Visions" TAH project is also working in close partnership with local museums and libraries including the University of Tennessee Center for Children and Young Adult Literature, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collections, the Knox County Archives, the Teaching with Primary Sources Across Tennessee program (a Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources member), and National History Day.

"Enduring Visions" has 4 goals: to improve teacher knowledge, understanding and appreciation of traditional American history content; to increase local school system abilitiy to offer professional development for American history teachers; to increase teacher use of the founding documents of the United States, as well as other educational tools and strategies; and to increase student understanding of and proficiency in American history. 

American history teachers and students in Anderson, Sevier, and Union County Schools will be the beneficiaries of the 3-year $968,809 "Enduring Visions" TAH project.

The "Enduring Visions" TAH project website incorporates materials created by 2 previous 3-year Teaching American History Grants (Tennessee River Valley Consortium and Americas Republic).

Events to Look For

Dr. Bruce Wheeler discusses designing the Manual for Teachers with Master Teachers. (clockwise: Dr. Bruce Wheeler, Jeff Bird, Helen Den Uyl, Tamra Lanning, Sherry Rogers, and Annette Taylor)

The "Enduring Visions" TAH project will be hosting a wide range of events for teachers year round. During the school year, approximately 60-70 East Tennessee teachers with additional school district staff and coaches can look forward to lectures and method and strategy sessions led by University of Tennessee history professors and Enduring Visions project staff, as well as tour historic sites across the region. We are also working to promote the regional National History Day competition.