I am bubbling over with excitement. I came across the most delightful primary source, By Motor to the Golden Gate (1916) by Emily Post who six years later would write her bestselling book on etiquette. By Motor to the Golden Gate is not just for fans of turn of the century American history. It will appeal to anyone […]

It’s January 5th. I am renewed and excited to get back to work. I am the first to admit that the first three weeks of December were grim in the Cannon household. My daughter Lolly and I both had strep throat and were sick as dogs. Happily, bolstered by multiple rounds of antibiotics, we were good […]

I am the first to admit that my area of research is loaded with perks. One of the best is getting personal behind-the-scenes tours of historic hotels by people who are passionate about history, architecture, and good stories. I will always be indebted to those who have generously shared their time and knowledge with me. […]

Today’s adventure in Public History was trying to learn how to do online mapping. I am sure that this will be a great story one day but right now I am just frustrated. After numerous google searches for “create online maps”, I decided to try Mapquest’s version. It appeared to be cheap and cheerful — i.e. free and easy to […]

Curious about National Register-listed hotels in Tennessee? See the tab “Hotels” for photos of the properties and find out their current function. You can also click this link.

By Friday afternoon, I will have visited thirty of the thirty-one National Register-listed hotels and inns across Tennessee. This is a major and hard-won milestone. Mileage for the first three weeks of March alone will be around 1,500 miles. I am pleased, proud, and exhausted in equal parts. Again, I give thanks for a fuel efficient diesel […]

The question of the day is whether “endangered” should be added as a criteria for what makes a historic hotel historic in the state of Tennessee? Yes, I am being flip but unfortunately the question has more merit than I wish it had. Of the thirty-one National Register-listed properties included in my study, eight of them have or […]