Union Ave Books welcomes Micahel Jordan and Jack Neely for a talk entitled “A TALE OF TWO SQUARES” on Wednesday February, 26th at 6:30 pm. Michael will be presenting his book Savannah Square By Square, and Jack will discuss concepts from his book Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth.
Savannah Square By Square: In 1733, Georgia’s founder James Oglethorpe laid out a new kind of city in the midst of a virgin forest. The unique city plan Oglethorpe created– a repeating pattern of squares encircled by homes and public buildings– has provided a template for close to three centuries of growth. Oglethorpe’s four original squares have grown to 22 historic squares, each with its own unique character and charm.
Savannah Square by Square is a handsome coffee table book featuring more than 300 full color photographs of each of Savannah’s beautiful, historic downtown squares. Author Michael Jordan, a noted local filmmaker and historian, reveals the fascinating history of each of the 22 existing squares, as well as the two lost squares and Savannah’s “other squares”– Forsyth Park and Colonial Park Cemetery.
Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth: Conceived in 1853 as a canny real-estate scheme by two young investors expecting to get rich off the idea, Market Square came to be Knoxville’s most public spot, a marketplace familiar to every man, woman, and child in the area. By the 1860s, it was the busiest place in a burgeoning city. In a town that became bitterly divided by politics, race, and background, Market Square became a rare common ground: a place to buy all sorts of local produce, but also a place to experience new things, including the grandiose Market House itself, considered a model in a progressive era. Beset by urban blight by the mid-1900s, Market Square had become more of a curiosity than a point of municipal pride, and the neighborhood declined. After years of controversy, the city razed the Market House and struggled to modernize the old Square itself.
This “Ask” event is not a ticketed event but “invitation” only to current KHP contributors and potential supporters. The success of the event is largely down to volunteer “Table Hosts” filling tables with members of the community interested in our city’s rich history and potentially supportive of KHP’s mission of researching and promoting the history and culture of Knoxville.
While enjoying a delicious lunch and dessert, we will begin with a brief overview of current and priority projects and a special presentation with KHP Executive Director Jack Neely and our honoree.
Our table hosts are already busy inviting guests. If you have not been already invited by a table host we would gladly assign you to a special table host in advance of the event. Please contact 865-337-7723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For planning purposes, we cannot accommodate day-of-the-event sign-ups.
There is no fee to attend the luncheon, but there will be an opportunity for everyone to make a donation to KHP in the amount of their choice.
Honorarium gifts in recognition of Dr. Tumblin’s outstanding contributions to our city will be accepted at any time.
For more information on the event and Dr. Tumblin please visit our Annual Luncheon Page
Storyteller Laura Still helps you live the stories of pioneers, soldiers, outlaws, and even fictional characters who walked these streets before you. Learn more about Laura and her story on the KWT’s Page.
Knoxville has a rich history full of colorful characters and famous, and infamous, figures whose lives have been the inspiration for books, movies, and works of art. Take a stroll through history in beautiful downtown Knoxville while listening to true tales of the heroes, heels, and hardened criminals that are part of the hidden lore of this unique East Tennessee town. A portion of ticket proceeds are donated to KHP.
New! – Side Street Shadows Ghost Tour
Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side Ghost Tour
Brave souls who enjoy a chill can join us for a trip into Knoxville’s shadow side. The city’s history of blood-stained streets echoing with gunfire is full of restless spirits. Visit their haunts and hear local legends of ghostly apparitions. Details & Tickets
Shadow Side 2: Ghosts of the Old City
Red Summer, drunken brawls, hot lead, and blood on the tracks. Knoxville’s Old City used to be known as the bowery, where victims of murderous brawls, dealdly shoot-outs, and horrific train crashes haunt the old buildings and back alleys along with the ghost of a musician who hasn’t quite faded away. Details & Ticket
Walk the streets of a city torn in two by divided loyalties and then get an overview of the fighting from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Spies, bridge burners, miracle shots, betrayal, and battle. Details & Tickets
Family feuds and wanted outlaws. You’ll relive the days when Knoxville was the wild west and Gay Street was the OK Corral. Details & Tickets
Step back over two centuries and visit Knoxville’s founders as you listen to the stories of the settlement of White’s Fort and establishment of the capital of the Southwest Territory at the headwaters of the Tennessee. Details & Tickets
The Knoxville story has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and make Knoxville home to musicians of every genre. Details & Tickets
Home of Cormac McCarthy, Nikki Giovanni, James Agee, and more. You’ll visit the scenes that inspired them and walk in the footsteps of their characters. Details & Tickets