Telling the Stories of Tennesseans Since the 1800s

The Tennessee Historical Society presents the stories of Tennesseans through its publications, a part of its mission since the 1800s. Today the THS produces the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, and special books, such as the 10-volume series Tennessee in the Civil War.

The Tennessee Historical Society has published journals on Tennessee history since 1896 – the Tennessee Historical Quarterly began its run in 1942 and a subscription is one of the benefits of membership in the THS. This scholarly, illustrated journal features articles, book reviews, and edited primary materials taken from all aspects and periods of Tennessee history. The journal of record for the heritage of the Volunteer State, this award-winning publication is one of the most robust state journals in the nation.

The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture first appeared in print in 1998 as part of Tennessee’s bicentennial of statehood. Today The Tennessee Encyclopedia serves as the authoritative on-line reference source for Tennessee. Containing approximately 2,000 entries by almost 600 authors, The Tennessee Encyclopedia, Version 3.0 launched in April 2018.

Through its books, the Tennessee Historical Society focuses on events and themes of special interest. Our most recent series, Tennessee in the Civil War, looks at this epic struggle, from the origins of the war, through its military campaigns, to its legacy to the state. Tennessee in the Civil War is a legacy project of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and received support from the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.