Bedford County Historical Society held its quarterly meeting Monday in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.
Pat Hastings, Ken Armstrong, Evelyn McGrew, Mary Lynn Prince, James Cook and Gene Williams hosted the event. The hall was decorated in a fall harvest theme with American flags from the 1812 era displayed in table and serving line centerpieces, and each attendee received a War of 1812 commemorative brochure. Meeting guests included Liz Richardson and Gary Crockett.
Following the business meeting, Meredith Anne Higgs of McMinnville portrayed Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison. Dressed in period attire, she related many of her experiences in the White House while she was First Lady during her husband's eight-year tenure as President.
Tennessee State Museum archivist Tom Kanon presented a program on Tennesseans and their actions in the War of 1812. He introduced the program by describing Tennessee's response to the Declaration of War and the various units that volunteered for service.
Tennesseans' primary service was on the southern front, but troops also were sent to the northern and eastern fronts as well. Kanon described the alliances and conflicts with the various Indian tribes and how those affected the numerous battles.
His presentation addressed numerous questions from Society members, including topics on the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson's leadership, and the eventual outcome of the war.
The 2012 membership drive is over, but memberships are still being accepted. The Society is offering a free one-year membership with the purchase of the Bicentennial book, Shelbyville - Celebrating the First 200 Years. This and all other society publications are available at the Argie Cooper Library.
Simmons reported that the Tennessee State Library and Archives will visit the Fly Building on Wednesday, Oct. 3 to document county relics, antiques, and memorabilia related to the Civil War. This is part of the state's archival effort for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Program.
The winter society meeting will be on Dec. 3. Hosts will be Guy and Sarah Hill, Gene and Sandra Smith, Freda Head, Polly Frazier and David Beavers. Researcher and author Jack Masters will present a program on the Duck River and Blount Land Grants.Tennessee state archivist Tom Kanon (second from right) explains details of the literature he distributed to society members as part of his War of 1812 presentation at the meeting of the Historical Society on Monday. From left: member Betty Sanders, Kanon's wife, Sandra, Kanon, and member David Sanders.
Dolley Madison portrayer Meredith Anne Higgs (second from left) shows some of her White House items to Historical Society members (from left) Alene Hall, Lorraine Foster, and Louise McCarter at Monday evening's meeting.