Monthly Meetings & Videos

Bemis Historical Society meets the third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at Bemis Mill Village Museum located at 2 North Missouri Street in Jackson, TN in February, March, April, June, July, August, September, October, and November (unless the week of Thanksgiving).  Bemis Heritage Day is the third Saturday in May.  Annual membership dues are $25 for individual and family memberships.

Programs in 2024

  • January – No meeting
  • February 20 – David Mayo – Pirtle Ancestors from Hardeman County to Madison County
    https://youtu.be/_PBchOl-eYc
  • March 19 – Dr. Kenneth Newman – Delores Ballard, Jackson’s Own Emily Dickinson
    https://youtu.be/P_IsvRbY_Ag
  • April 16 – Diane Lassiter Harris – Lassiter-Matthews Families and Wells & Lassiter Dairy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiPBkOgYKKw
  • May 18 (Saturday) – Bemis Heritage Day – Joel Jackson – How Water Built Bemis
    https://youtu.be/acyDz4mgyIM?si=Wtn2Nybi_mn0zXBE
  • June 18 – Rodger Holtin – Music from World War II
  • July 16 – Alice Yarbro Holtin – Yarbro Family from Bemis
  • August 20 – Jan McGill – For the Fun of It (American Childhood from 18th – early 20th century)
  • September 17 – Jamie Carden Boone – Carden Family Memories
  • October 15 – Dr. Kenneth Newman – Memories of Bemis & Malesus
  • November 19 – Kathy Haney Williams – Vintage Bemis Scrapbooks and Postcards
  • December – No meeting

Programs in 2023

Programs in 2022

Programs in 2021

Programs in 2020

  • January – No meeting
  • February 18 – Kathy Haney Williams – City Directories and US Census Records in Bemis
  • March 17 – Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19
  • April 21 – Meeting cancelled due to COVID-19
  • May – Bemis Heritage Days cancelled due to COVID-19
  • June 16 – Robert Gaugh – Civil War Union Veteran in Bemis, TN
    https://youtu.be/uHaGqr2kD_U  Recorded by Mid-West TN Genealogical Society, 5/11/2021
  • July 21 – Lucy Smith and Greg Hammond – Congo Street and Old West Bemis School
    https://vimeo.com/501486924/7f0fba83e4
    Interview with Gracie Utley   https://youtu.be/rErvVHBKo1A  
    Interview with Harry Bell   https://youtu.be/omuEPBOPbvk
    Interview with James Hammond   https://youtu.be/VbB3MdVe6qg   
    Interview with Pearlie Gillispie   https://youtu.be/mgBcvAGh9GU
  • August 18 – Jackie Utley – How Tennessee Secured the Right for Women to Vote in August 1920 (100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment to US Constitution)
  • September 15 – Joel Jackson – Judson Moss Bemis’ Advice to His Grandchildren
  • October 20 – Rodger Holtin – American Pop Songs Inspired by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927
  • November 17 – Thanksgiving and Christmas Memories in Bemis, TN
  • December – No meeting

Programs in 2019

  • January 15 – No meeting
  • February 19 – Bill Hollamon – Aerial Media’s videos of Bemis and the surrounding area
  • March 19 – Stan Pilant – Bemis Mill Memorial Park & Hwy 45 Bypass South
  • April 16 – Lorri Skelton – Interesting Information in the Madison County Archives
  • May 21 (Saturday) – Bemis Heritage Days on May 17-18
  • June 18 – Larry Hearn – Irish Town in Jackson, TN during the 1880s through 1960s
  • July 16 – Anna Wulfert Kirk – Wulfert Family and Their Struggles Surviving WWII and Coming to America
  • August 20 – Ricky Long – More Than Names on a Wall – The World War II Dead from Madison County, TN
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81ZT59Ke8XU&feature=youtu.be
  • September 17 – Gwen McReynolds – Dowsing for Unmarked Graves and Cleaning Tombstones  
  • October 15 – Kenneth Newman and Carolyn Malone – Before We Were Yours – Fact and Fiction Concerning Georgia Tann
  • November – Alice Holtin – Remembering World War II (This meeting was held at the Bemis United Methodist Church.)
  • December – No meeting