The Trail to Sequoyah’s Syllabary: From the Handwritten Words to the Acorn Press

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For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Angie Vicars



August 6, 2021

The Trail to Sequoyah’s Syllabary: From the Handwritten Words to the Acorn Press

An In-Person and Online Brown Bag Lecture with Charlie Rhodarmer

REGISTRATION INFORMATION for in-person and online attendance on ETHS website

DATE: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 12:00 pm EDT

IN-PERSON: East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902

(Knoxville, TN) Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Director Charlie Rhodarmer will share his presentation on the 200th anniversary of Sequoyah’s Cherokee syllabary in an in-person and online Brown Bag lecture on Wednesday, August 18 at noon. Sequoyah and his daughter, Ayoka, worked on the syllabary for 12 years before introducing it to the Cherokee people in 1821. Rhodarmer will also focus on the museum's work interpreting everything from their blacksmith shop to the operating 1833 Otis Tufts Acorn printing press they are using to reproduce the bicentennial Cherokee syllabary. The first printing of the syllabary was on a Union Acorn printing press at New Echota.

This program is one in a series of hybrid Brown Bag programs and lectures sponsored by the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers. The East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share regional history with our members and the public.

About the Speaker: Charlie Rhodarmer has been director of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee since July 2000. He is a North Carolina native and has worked in museum administration and interpretation for more than 30 years. Rhodarmer's passion for history, particularly military stories, has also led him into living history interpretation. He is a respected interpreter of military life from the 1700s to the 1940s.