A Report from the Nashville Bootcamp

On April 28th, Chick History held the first of four Bootcamps at Oz Arts Nashville. The Chick History Bootcamp is a one-day training program for women’s history interpretation and is the first phase of March to the 19th, a five-year grassroots campaign, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, that will change the way we see and do women’s history.

The second Bootcamp was held in Memphis on June 30th and we’ll have a report from that soon. The third Bootcamp will be August 25th at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville. You can register for the Knoxville Chick History Bootcamp here.

Nashville Bootcamp by the Numbers

We couldn’t be happier with how March to the 19th is kicking off. Thank you to all our speakers and participants who made it a huge success!

9 hours of women’s history and networking that covered…

  • How race, gender, and material culture are used and interpreted at historic sites.
  • Ways to construct a three-dimensional world for historical women using a multi-disciplinary model.
  • Challenges, lessons and advice when it comes to collecting, preserving, and interpreting women’s history.
  • Choices we can make as a field to better incorporate women’s history into our collections, exhibitions, and interpretation.

5 Speakers with over 8 decades of experience

  • Ashley Bouknight, Assistant Curator, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
  • Cindy Grisham, PhD, President, Arkansas Women’s History Institute
  • Page Harrington, Executive Director, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
  • Rebecca Price, President/CEO, Chick History
  • Rebecca Shrum, PhD, Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Public History Program, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

“Thanks so much for putting together such a great program for the Nashville Bootcamp.”

-Tara Mitchell Mielnik, PhD, Federal Programs Coordinator, Metropolitan Nashville Historical Commission


63 + Attendees from Across Middle Tennessee

Attendee by job type Pie Chart

23 + Cultural Organizations represented, including:

  • Tennessee State Museum
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • Nashville Public Library
  • Historic Croft House at the Nashville Zoo
  • Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
  • Belmont Mansion
  • Cookeville Museums
  • Customs House Museum
  • Discovery Park of America
  • Faculty & Students from Vanderbilt University & Middle Tennessee State University
  • West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
  • The Parthenon in Nashville
  • Museum Center at 5ive Points
  • Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation
  • Nashville Historical Commission

See what people had to say about the Nashville Bootcamp @ OZ Arts Nashville!

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