Welcome to a digital exhibit on Adelicia Acklen, a nineteenth-century Nashville socialite, philanthropist, and businesswoman. The students in "Living History" - a Faculty-Led Academic Research Experience at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee have researched aspects of Adelicia Acklen's life, contextualizing her nineteenth-century Nashville world, the state of Tennessee, and the south more broadly. After touring Belmont Mansion, Adelicia Acklen’s summer home in Nashville, students worked with the staff at Belmont Mansion, and conducted research in the Mansion’s collections, the Tennessee State Library and Archives collections, and resources at the Nashville Public Library. This long-term project enabled students to receive “on-the-ground” experience as historians as they learned to navigate library and archive holdings, how to deal with research roadblocks, how to track down leads, and strategies to overcome writing and stylistic struggles. The website contains various “collections” of the semester’s work, including research papers, project bibliographies, photographs, historical images, and a link to a documentary filmed and produced by one of the students about the research process. We hope to be adding more research and images as time allows. Thank you for visiting, and we hope you enjoy.
Dr. Erica Hayden
Assistant Professor of History
Trevecca Nazarene University
April 26, 2017
A close-up of a portrait of Adelicia Acklen
Students enrolled in FLARE were given a tour by executive director Mark Brown.
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