Please join the Friends of the Knox County Public Library as we honor the life of Mary Utopia Rothrock, Knoxville’s first librarian, on Wednesday, September 19, at 4 p.m. in Old Gray Cemetery. “Topie,” as she was known to friends and family, was a librarian, author, historian, activist, architect of regional libraries, and feminist.
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will attend the celebration and make Mary Utopia Rothrock Day official with a proclamation.
Come learn more about this “red-haired dynamo,” hear Jack Neely’s tribute, and enjoy refreshments and a surprise reenactment of Topie at the peak of her career.
Parking for this event will be available across the street from Old Gray in the parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Join is for our monthly talk at Maple Hall! It is September, and we do live in East Tennessee, so the obvious choice of topic is Football!
“The Surprising Origins of Knoxville-area Football”
Believe it or not, the South was slow to develop an interest in the East-Coast Yankee sport of football. How it captured our imaginations has a lot to do with a startling Japanese student and a blue-blood Knoxvillian who became a national athletic hero in the Ivy Leagues. We’ll tell these little-known tales from the murky prehistory of a regional obsession.
As always, Maple Hall will be offering a menu of delicious food, craft beers, and custom cocktails for the occasion. Admission is free. Please note event is 21+.
KHP is proud to join the city in PARK(ing) Day. Our spot will be on the 100 block of Gay Street so be sure to stop by and say hello!
PARK(ing) Day is an internationally recognized event where parking spots in various cities and towns are transformed into pocket parks and parklets.
PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals (operating independently of Rebar but following an established set of guidelines) creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat…
PARK(ing) Day Knox 2018 is sponsor by Shannon Foster-Boline Group, Realty Executives Associates
Contact Parkingdayknox@gmail.com for more information.
Bring your lunch and join us for KMA’s monthly Dine and Discover. In correspondence with their new exhibit Joseph Delaney on the Move. Born in Knoxville to a minister-father, Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) and his brother Beauford (1901-1979) learned to draw on Sunday school cards at church and took art lessons with distinguished local artist Lloyd Branson. Both brothers set out on their own in the 1920s, with Joseph settling in New York by 1930. Jack Neely will be discussing places, people, and events within Knoxville during Delaney’s time in the city that may have helped to shape and inspire the artist.
Well cared for and gleaming uniform white stones, Knoxville’s National Cemetery still doesn’t look ancient, but in fact it’s one of the city’s best-preserved relics of the Civil War. It’s establishment was a priority of General Burnside when his army occupied Knoxville in 1863, and some graves are exactly where they were during the Confederate siege. Buried here are both black and white Union soldiers, along with more than 1,000 “Unknowns”, as well as US veterans from most wars since.
Brown bag lectures are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of history. Soft drinks and water will be available for purchase.