Cumberland University will play host to authors Gordon Belt and Traci Nichols-Belt as they discuss their new book, “John Sevier: Tennessee’s First Hero.”
The event will be Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in Labry Hall room 130.
A Revolutionary War hero and Tennessee’s first governor, Sevier was a significant figure in the Volunteer State’s history. The authors will address Sevier’s life and his legacy in an engaging lecture, followed by a short question-and-answer period. Belt and Nichols-Belt will also be available to sign copies of their book, which will be for sale following the event.
Gordon T. Belt is an archives advocate, public historian and founding editor of The Posterity Project, an award-winning blog devoted to archives and history in Tennessee. Gordon holds a master’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee–Chattanooga. He is the director of Public Services for the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Traci Nichols-Belt is the author of Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War. She holds a master’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Anderson University.
The event is open to the public. Reservations are not required, but attendees are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating.
This event is part of Cumberland University’s CONNECT program, a required out-of-class program for freshmen and sophomore full-time students designed to help them gain an appreciation for the small liberal arts university experience. The lecture is sponsored by the Cumberland University History Society and Cumberland University’s Alpha Xi Tau chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society.