Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Secretary of State Releases Documentary of Tennessee State Capitol's History

July 9, 2013

A new documentary highlighting the history of the Tennessee State Capitol was released earlier this month by Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office.

Created by the staff of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, it is the first part of a project that eventually will include a virtual tour of the Capitol building and its grounds, and feature stories about the building and influential people in Tennessee history.

When completed, the entire project will be burned onto DVDs that will be distributed to schools throughout the state. The project is a result of the Tennessee General Assembly's approval of Public Chapter No. 557, sponsored by Representative Jim Coley and Senator Ken Yager.

"I appreciate the support of the Tennessee General Assembly in the passage of Public Chapter No. 557, which has led us to the creation of a comprehensive digital record of the Tennessee State Capitol's history," Hargett said. "That history will be available to people now and in the future - 24 hours a day, seven days a week and free of charge - over the Internet. There are many things about the Capitol's history that will surprise people. This building doesn't have its own Trivial Pursuit game, but it could."