|"The Thanksgiving Feast" by Newell Convers Wyeth|
In 2015, I resolved to compose lengthier posts on The Posterity Project -- posts that would serve as a supplement to our current book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero. Views on individual blog posts have increased, and reader interest in our book remains strong, even as John Sevier enters its second printing and third year in publication. I am thankful for the continued interest readers have shown in my chosen historical niche -- Early American Frontier History and Memory. I sense a growing hunger for more scholarship in this area of study as new titles emerge focusing on this historical period. I hope this humble blog has done its part to serve this desire to learn more. To that end, I created an "Archives" page which highlights my previous writings on this subject. For those new to the blog, or for those who wish to revisit past posts, I encourage you to check it out.
Throughout the year, I also spoke to audiences at a number of historical sites, cultural heritage organizations, and lineage societies about Sevier's life and accomplishments as viewed through the lens of history and memory. I remain grateful for these opportunities to share Sevier's story, and I look forward to continuing the book tour in the coming year. I have secured speaking engagements with a number of groups, and I would be honored to share my knowledge and passion for history with you. If you would like to schedule a lecture or book signing with us, please visit our "Events" page for further information.
In the future, I plan to continue sharing stories from this time period while also venturing forth into new territory. A third published book is in the works which will follow the paths Sevier and his compatriots once traveled along the early American frontier. I look forward to sharing details about that writing project with you in the days to come.
In the meantime, in this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank you once again for the support and interest you've shown in my writings and my work. When I began blogging in 2008, I had no idea where The Posterity Project would take me. I originally created this blog as a venue to "document the links to our past." Over time, my writing focus has shifted towards using the pages of this blog to explore the history, myth, and memory of America's first frontier, and to occasionally offer reflections on archives and public history from my home state of Tennessee. I am grateful that you have joined me in this journey through the backwoods of history, and I invite you to continue following the path I've chosen to travel, carved out by our ancestors long ago.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Gordon Belt is an information professional, archives advocate, public historian, and author of The History Press book, John Sevier: Tennessee's First Hero, which examines the life of Tennessee's first governor, John Sevier, through the lens of history and memory. On The Posterity Project, Gordon offers reflections on archives, public history, and memory from his home state of Tennessee.