He was a reluctant warrior who was denied conscientious objector status and agreed to combat duty only after a commander convinced him that doing so wouldn’t conflict with his religious beliefs. He later helped lead one of the key offensives during World War I, earning a Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations for his efforts.
Alvin C. York is one of Tennessee’s most celebrated war heroes – and he’ll be one of the main subjects of the next workshop sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).
The workshop, titled “World War I and Alvin York: Tennessee’s Service in the ‘Great War,'” will be held in TSLA’s auditorium from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Jan. 24. Dr. Michael Birdwell, a history professor at Tennessee Tech University, will lead the free session on World War I documents and photographs available at TSLA. Dr. Birdwell is curator of the Alvin C. York papers in Pall Mall and is considered an expert on World War I and York.
Although the workshop is free and open to the public, reservations are necessary due to limited seating in the auditorium. To make a reservation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (615) 741-2764.
The State Library and Archives building is located at 403 Seventh Ave. North, directly west of the State Capitol building in downtown Nashville.