The National Archives at Atlanta will have its third annual scholarly symposium The Valley of the Dams: The Impact and Legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority, which is the culmination of a year-long effort to promote the facility’s TVA records from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.
Among the seven speakers will be Dr. Laura Beth Daws, a professor of Communication at Southern Polytechnic State University, who will present “Where ‘Wild River’ Went Wrong: True Stories of TVA Family Removal in Wheeler & Guntersville Dams’ Reservoir Areas.”
“This symposium promises to be even better than last year’s World War II Southern Home Front symposium. Already, we have registrations from nine states and 25 different universities and colleges,” said education specialist Joel Walker. “The word is getting out that the National Archives at Atlanta is a great research facility and a great historical resource. All seven speakers researched at our facility as they wrote their books or completed their dissertations.”
The other speakers will be:
- Patricia Bernard Ezzell: TVA Corporate Historian and author of “TVA Photography: Thirty Years of Life in the Tennessee Valley and TVA Photography, 1963-2008: Challenges and Changes in the Tennessee Valley.”
- Micah Cash: Creator of “Dangerous Waters,” a photograph and painting exhibit that combines historical research and unique artistry to interpret the social impact of TVA.
- Caroline Rose Peyton: University of South Carolina Ph.D. candidate who will present “Nuclear Ghosts: The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Nuclear Program.”
- Dr. Matthew L. Downs: professor of History at the University of Mobile and author of “Transforming the South: Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915–1960.” He will be presenting “A Democratic Labor”: The Tennessee Valley Authority and Economic Development, 1933-1953.
- Dr. Abou B. Bamba: professor of History and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College who will present “Transatlanticizing the TVA Experiment: Dams, Peoples, and Regional Planning in the U.S. South, France, and Ivory Coast.”
- Maureen Hill: archivist at the National Archives at Atlanta who will present “Valley of the Dams: TVA Records Held at the National Archives at Atlanta.”
The event is free and open to the public, but limited to 200 participants. Pre-registration is required. To register for the symposium, go to http://www.archives.gov/atlanta/tva-symposium/ or call (770) 968-2530.
The National Archives at Atlanta is a center for the study of the history of the South. Records in the National Archives tell the story of Southern communities, technological advances that changed lives, and social and economic forces that shaped the makeup of our society. The Archives in Morrow has approximately 180,000-cubic feet of archival holdings dating from 1716 to the 1980s.