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APSU to hold Art + Design Building ribbon cutting ceremony September 12th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – After decades of rumors, speculations and wild hopes, a visual arts building is finally opening on the Austin Peay State University campus.

At 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017, the University will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Art + Design Building, followed by the dedication of a donor wall and six rooms named after donors, a reception and a building tour.

Austin Peay State University's new Art and Design Building

Austin Peay State University’s new Art and Design Building

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Clarksville Parks and Recreation to commemorate the Surrender of Clarksville at Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

 

Clarksville Parks and Recreation DepartmentClarksville, TN – Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, located at 120 Duncan Street, will host a living history event to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Surrender of Clarksville on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Centern

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Clarksville’s Fort Defiance Interpretive Center to host Civil War Carbine Demonstration

 

Fort Defiance Interpretive CenterClarksville, TN – The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, located at 120 Duncan Street, will host a Civil War carbine demonstration on Saturday, November 8th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

During the event, Mr. George Wernke will be demonstrating firing techniques of numerous Civil War carbines and repeating rifles, as well as fielding questions.

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

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Eighth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference is June 7th and 8th with Pulitzer Prize Winner Alex S. Jones as Keynote Speaker

 

Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council is pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Clarksville Writers Conference, being held June 7th and 8th, 2012, on the campus of Austin Peay State University.

We are very honored to have as this year’s keynote speaker Alex S. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy, and co-author of The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty with Susan E. Tifft.

Jones, who is currently the director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will speak at the conference banquet at the Clarksville Country Club on the evening of Thursday, June 7th. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville’s Rich Civil War History on Display in New Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

 

Fort never fired a shot, City surrendered twice by Confederates, once by Union Troops.

Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville held an invitation only grand opening for the newly redesigned Fort Defiance site on Thursday. The public opening is scheduled for this morning with a gala event that aims to bring the history of the fort to life. Fort Defiance never fired a shot in anger, however the Fort and the city it guards looms large in the history of the Civil War era.

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APSU Professors’ Dream for Civil War Fort Comes True Three Decades Later

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In 1982, two young Austin Peay State University history professors – Dr. Howard Winn and Dr. Richard Gildrie – ventured up to the top of a forgotten hill overlooking the Cumberland River. What they found was a wild tangle of bushes and sapling trees, 10 to 12 feet tall, that blocked out the sun and made it nearly impossible to hike through without machetes and axes.

Judge Sam Boaz, who owned the land, had asked the two men to come take a look and see if it was historically important. Rumor had it an old Civil War fort was hidden somewhere in those weeds. The professors hacked their way into that dense mess until they found the old earthen walls and communication trenches of what was known in the early 1860s as Fort Defiance.

Austin Peay State University professors Richard Gildrie (retired), Phil Kemmerly, Howard Winn (retired) and David Snyder stand next to a monument with their names engraved on it at the city’s new Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. (Photo By Charles Booth/APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

Austin Peay State University professors Richard Gildrie (retired), Phil Kemmerly, Howard Winn (retired) and David Snyder stand next to a monument with their names engraved on it at the city’s new Fort Defiance Interpretive Center. (Photo By Charles Booth/APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

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Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center to Open April 9th

 

Clarksville Parks and RecreationClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville is excited to unveil its newest addition, the Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center. The park and related facilities, located at 120 Duncan Street, will open to the public on April 9th with activities planned the entire weekend in celebration of the Grand Opening.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, Clarksville TN.

Fort Defiance Interpretive Center, Clarksville TN.

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The City of Clarksville dedicates new Interpretive Center and Walking Trails at Fort Defiance

 

City of Clarksville Clarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville Tennessee dedicated the new Fort Defiance Interpretative Center yesterday to a standing room only crowd. The center is poised to attract civil war tourism to Clarksville during the celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial which begins in earnest next year.

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterThe Customs House Museum will manage the new center, with the city responsible for maintaining the grounds.

Rufus Johnson & Associates were the architects, McKinney Construction the general contractor, and Hatem Shaw  the project manager. The total cost for the new interpretative center and walking trails was $1,976,159 of which 1.6 million dollars was funded by grants, with the city contributing $395,249 in local matching funds.

The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

The Fort Defiance Interpretive Center

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