Experience Sundays LIVE!, a compelling living history series that explores the 19th century early republic and takes visitors further into the stories of the people that made The Hermitage home. Beginning the first Sunday in June and running every Sunday throughout September, costumed interpreters will bring history to life in their discussion of events from the lifetime and influence of President Andrew Jackson and his family.
Sundays LIVE! presentations tell the story of Jacksonian America: women's roles, the biographies of important players of the era, and the foodways and folkways of frontier America in the 19th century. Each Sunday will bring a new presentation and a new learning opportunity. In 2014, as we celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, visitors will learn how the war impacted life for thousands of Tennesseans.
Programs begin at 1:00 p.m. and run throughout the afternoon until 5 p.m. at various locations behind mansion. Programs are free with the purchase of regular admission.
2014 Summer Schedule:
June 1—Elizabeth Gwinn, Remember the Ladies
Interpreter Elizabeth Gwinn will discuss the relationships between the women of the Hermitage, both black and white, and how their dynamic impacted the work of the plantation. Visitors make a small pincushion based on Little Rachel’s pincushions found in the collection to take home!
June 8—Myers Brown, The Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry
Historian Myers Brown will discuss the nature of the Revolutionary War in North and South Carolina, and how it shaped young Andrew Jackson’s military skill and distrust for the British.
June 15—Judy Holland, Historic Chocolate at The Hermitage
Interpreter Judy Holland will lead the public through the American Heritage Chocolate-developed program, highlighting the use of chocolate in early America and its specific uses at The Hermitage. Did you know chocolate was also a staple military ration? Discover what life on Jackson’s New Orleans campaign was like for the common soldier. Small samples of the special chocolate drink will be offered!
June 22—Historic Mansker’s Station, Frontier Foodways: Food Preservation
The educational staff of Historic Mansker’s Station will conduct food preservation demonstrations in the Cabin by the Spring. Practice your hand at butter churning, sugar snipping, nutmeg grating, and other similar tasks.
June 29—David Haggard of Tennessee State Parks, Birds of Prey
The Hermitage cares for 1120 protected acres of forest and field. Over time, many species of bird, mammal, and reptile have found sanctuary on these grounds. The Tennessee State Parks present birds of prey that are native to Tennessee, and present them to the public. They will focus on their habitats, their relationship to humans, and the cultural importances they hold.
July 6—Brian Allison, A Comforting Presence: Ralph E. W. Earl
Historian Brian Allison brings to life artist Ralph E.W. Earl, a close confidante and personal portraitist of Andrew Jackson.
July 13—Mecca Caron, Konana Demonstrations and Cherokee Syllabary
Get a glimpse of Cherokee daily life with Mecca Caron’s presentation of hands-on demonstrations using a konana (Cherokee corn grinding stump and pounder).Discuss traditional dishes that would have used corn ground in this manner.Several Cherokee words will be taught orally as the participants do the hands-on activity (grinding and sifting of the corn).With slate boards, participants will be taught several written words in the Cherokee syllabary, a written form of the Native language first recorded by Sequoyah.
July 20—Saving The Hermitage: The Ladies Hermitage Association
The Ladies Hermitage Association received its charter from the State of Tennessee in April 1889. In honor of the 125th anniversary of this visionary organization, join interpreters on a walking tour of The Hermitage grounds. Learn about Alfred Jackson’s role as caretaker, “Little” Rachel Jackson Lawrence’s commitment to family legacy, and the exciting begins of historic preservation in the United States.
July 27—Judy Holland, Historic Chocolate at The Hermitage
August 3—Saving The Hermitage: The Ladies Hermitage Association
August 10—Myers Brown, Regulars by God! The U.S. Regular Army in the War of 1812
Historian Myers Brown examines the nature and functions of the U.S. Regular Army and how the War of 1812 was a seminal moment in their development.
August 17— Mecca Caron, Konana Demonstrations and Cherokee Syllabary
August 24—Historic Mansker’s Station, Frontier Foodways
August 31—Judy Holland, Historic Chocolate at The Hermitage
September 7—Myers Brown, To Avenge Fort Mims!: The Creek War
Historian Myers Brown discusses the battle between the Red Stick Creeks and the Mississippi Territory militia at Fort Mims, Alabama.
September 14—Saving The Hermitage: The Ladies Hermitage Association
September 21— David Haggard of Tennessee State Parks, Birds of Prey
September 28—Judy Holland, Historic Chocolate at The Hermitage