Come for the beer, stay for the archives?

A party for the archives, downtown Nashville around 1900. (Image credit: Tennessee State Library and Archives)

Going to the Octoberfest celebration in Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood this weekend? The Secretary of State’s Office is inviting revelers to also make a stop at the new nearby State Library & Archives building. What could go wrong?

Here’s the release:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State Library & Archives is hosting a Second Saturday Open House on Saturday, Oct. 8, during Nashville Oktoberfest, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with guided tours offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“In our new location on Bicentennial Mall, we are fortunate to be in the middle of some of Nashville’s biggest events,” said Jamie Ritter, Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist. “We invite everyone attending Nashville Oktoberfest to stop by our open house and learn more about the incredible history of our great state.”

During the open house, guests are invited to explore the Library & Archives’ interactive exhibit lobby, highlighting some of the state’s most precious historical documents, including Tennessee’s three Constitutions. The guided tours will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art conservation lab, grand reading room and high-tech Automated Storage and Retrieval System.

This family-friendly event is free to the public.

The Library & Archives, a division of the Department of State, collects and preserves books, journals, maps, photographs, records and other documents of historical and reference value, focusing on items about Tennessee and Tennesseans.

The Library & Archives is located at 1001 Rep. John Lewis Way N., in Nashville. The exhibit lobby is open to the public Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT. The library, microfilm and manuscripts reading rooms are available for research Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT.

The Library & Archives parking garage will be inaccessible due to Nashville Oktoberfest road closures from Wednesday, Oct. 5 to Saturday, Oct. 8. Patrons are encouraged to plan their research trips accordingly.

For more information about the Library & Archives, call 615-741-2764, email or visit


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