12th Annual Fall Lecture Series Schedule


12th Annual Moccasin Bend Fall Lecture Series to Focus on Place-Based Learning; Locations Vary by Speaker and Topic

The Friends of Moccasin Bend announce the 12th Annual Fall Lecture Series, focusing on a place-based approach that tailors each location to the speaker(s) and topics presented. All lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are generously underwritten by the founder of the Fall Lecture Series, Greg A. Vital.

The series kicks off on Monday, September 11th with Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Jr., Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. The first topic is “The Role of American Indians in World War I” and, fittingly, the visiting Professor will be hosted in the University Center Auditorium at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, located at 642 E. 5th Street on the UTC campus.

The second lecture takes place on Monday, October 2nd and features Dr. Anthony Hodges, Board President of the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, presenting “Bite the Bullet: Myths and Realities of Civil War Medicine.” This talk will feature a range of information, from original Civil War medical instruments collected by Dr. Hodges to a discussion of Chattanooga’s history as a hospital and treatment center for both armies. Dr. Hodges will be hosted at Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center, in the heart of Wauhatchie and the Lookout Mountain Battlefield. Guests are welcome to visit Reflection Riding, located at 400 Garden Road, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of the grounds prior to the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

Our third and final lecture will be a panel discussion on the Reconstruction Era, featuring three speakers: Edward Hightower from Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA; Melissa English-Rias, Superintendent of the National Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort, SC; and Chris Barr, Interpretive Ranger with the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. The speakers are hosted by the Bessie Smith Cultural Center as part of a two-year partnership dedicated to bringing National Park Service programming into the community to reach new audiences. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is located at 200 East M.L. King Boulevard.

Tricia Mims, Executive Director of the Friends, is excited about the place-based aspect of this year’s lecture series. “By tailoring each lecture to a unique setting, the series will provide an experiential learning component that adds another layer of understanding to the topic being presented,” says Mims. “We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to be hosted by these wonderful community partners, and to change up the lecture series format in a way that will attract new and diverse audiences to the lecture series. We thank Greg Vital, founder of Morning Pointe Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Memory Care, for his unwavering commitment to this series and to our National Parks.”


Advocacy efforts by the Friends of Moccasin Bend ultimately led to the addition of Moccasin Bend National Archeological District to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2003. Since then, the Friends have partnered with the park to build a magnificent new national park unit next door to downtown Chattanooga. Learn more at www.moccasinbendpark.org.


More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.