Pick up your cookbook!

For those who paid for but never picked up their cookbook, there will be no additional chance to pick up this book after the Oct. 29 meeting of the AHS, which is the last meeting of 2009. Be at the Auburntown Church of Christ Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. for a potluck (bring a dish), get your book and enjoy our last meeting of the new year as we elect and install new officers.

Civil War in Tennessee and Kentucky

The featured speaker for the Aug. 20 meeting of the Auburntown Historical Society will be Dr. W. Calvin Dickinson. He will discuss the recently published book Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee, which he co-edited with two other historians.
“Dr. Dickinson’s presentation to the AHS about historic roadways earlier this year was such a success, the group invited him back to discuss his new book on the Civil War,” said Danny Nichols, president of the Auburntown Historical Society. “We know there is much interest in the Civil War, and we encourage AHS members and visitors alike to attend.”
Socially and politically, the slave states of Tennessee and Kentucky had much in common during the antebellum period. Additionally, during the Deep South's rush to secession in late 1860, strong unionist majorities held sway in both states. Yet, with the firing on Fort Sumter, their fates diverged. Why Tennessee moved toward secession and Kentucky remained in the federal union is just one of the complexities explored in Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee.
“The book is a collection of essays about when the Civil War erupted and Tennessee chose to secede while Kentucky remained part of the Union,” Dickinson explained. “Loyalties in each state were closely divided between the Union and the Confederacy, making wartime governance, and personal relationships, complex.”
Appointed by the Governor to the Tennessee Historical Commission, Dickinson is professor emeritus at Tennessee Technological University, where he taught history for 30 years until his retirement in 2000. A prolific writer, he has authored dozens of papers and articles on various topics for a large number of journals and publications and is the author or editor of 21 books.
In editing Sister States, Enemy States, Dickinson was joined by colleagues Kent T. Dollar and Larry H. Whiteaker. The book is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble. Dickinson will have copies to sign at the AHS meeting, which will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Auburntown Church of Christ at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Nichols said that membership in the AHS is open to anyone and is $15 per year. The Society recently published its third book and has hosted a number of lecturers over the past year on a variety of topics at its monthly meetings. For more information visit www.auburntowntennessee.blogspot.com.

Treasured Recipes and Recollections

Treasured Recipes and Recollections huge hit, more being ordered
The Auburntown Historical Society’s Treasured Recipes and Recollections cookbook was a tremendous success, according to society president Danny Nichols. “We had sold all 150 by 7:30 p.m. Friday night,” Nichols explained, adding that there were numerous requests for additional books from disappointed visitors to the society’s booth.

“We decided to take prepaid reservations for the book’s second and final printing.”
Nichols said that another 75 books are being ordered, and about 60 are already presold.

However, if more than 75 orders are received by the deadline date, all prepaid orders will be filled, thanks for accommodations being made by the printer for a one-time-only special reprinting.
“We had people buying as many as 10-15 books for gifts,” he said. “After people saw it, many of them wanted extra copies. We were amazed at the response, but then we all know how great our Auburntown and Cannon County cooks are.”

Along with dozens of interesting and delicious recipes, the photos, stories and memories shared by the contributors endeared the book to many who saw it, Nichols observed.
“We must have the order no later than Monday, August 10, to ensure that the books will be ready for pickup at our regular Society meeting,” Nichols said.