The Tennessee Preservation Trust is proud to partner with Encore Interpretive Design to sponsor some very special events as part of the nationwide centennial celebration of the National Park Service.


Sunday, August 21st from 3 – 5 pm (free)
Timberland Park in Williamson County
Speaker: Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service

Ed will speak about the NPS and his long history with agency where he rose from battlefield historian at Vicksburg National Military Park to Chief Historian. TPT will also be honoring Ed with a life achievement award.

Sunday, August 21st from 6 – 8 pm ($25, includes DVD)
Dyer Observatory
Special screening of American Journey: The Life and Times of Ed Bearss

From the rural plains of south central Montana, to the Pacific Theater in World War Two, to Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, Bearss has lead an extraordinary life.  Not only is he one of the nation’s authorities on Civil War history and battlefield preservation, he is also the most recognizable face and a living legend in the 100 year history of the National Park Service.  In 2014, David Currey, Principal at Encore Interpretive Design and Road Films, and Jim Kay, one of Nashville’s leading battlefield preservationists, produced a one-hour documentary on extraordinary life of an extraordinary man.  The film takes us on a journey from growing up in 1920s Montana, to his wounding by the Japanese in World War Two, to his vaunted career in the NPS and the impact he has had on preserving some of America’s most important stories and places. All led by the master tour guide, Ed Bearss.

Tickets are available at americanjourneyfilm.com. $5 of every ticket purchase goes to the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

 Monday, August 22nd – Thursday, August 25th
Various Locations
Special Tours of Stones River National Battlefield, the Tullahoma Campaign and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

A once in a lifetime opportunity to join Ed Bearrs as he weaves the Civil War tale of the summer of 1863 in Tennessee across four battlefields. With Bearss in Chattanooga will be Jim Ogden, historian at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Battlefields.

For pricing or to register for the tours, contact David Currey at david@encoreinterpretive.net.