Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca honors John Chilton—Southern gentleman, historian, professor emeritus

Trevecca’s annual celebration of its heritage takes place on Tuesday, March 25, when it recognizes the contributions of John Chilton, history professor emeritus. This special day in Chilton’s honor will be a time to recall his own history with Trevecca and the history of this institution, and it will also include time for discussion of two of Chilton’s favorite topics—Tennessee history and Civil War history.

The day’s events begin with chapel, at 9:30 at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, when President Boone will dialogue with Chilton. A reception in Waggoner Library Rotunda follows chapel. Lunch will take place in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building, and the day concludes with an afternoon seminar, “Digging Up Tennessee History,” with Chilton, Trevecca history professor Leroy Pepper, and Tennessee historian Myers Brown. Everyone is invited to attend these events; however, lunch is by reservation only and costs $15 per person. Please make reservations by contacting Andrea Fowler at or 615-248-17

Chilton came to Trevecca to study history after earning a bachelor’s degree in business at Emory, and his relationship with Trevecca is a long one, encompassing several roles; undergraduate student, employee in the business office, two years as Trevecca’s comptroller, history professor, and friend and supporter of Trevecca. A favorite of many students, Chilton worked to engage students in his love of history, to awaken in them an appreciation of Tennessee and its history, and to spark their interest in the history of the South and the Civil War. He taught at Trevecca from 1976 to 1999.

Chilton’s wife, Sara( Casdorph), also graduated from Trevecca and served as a librarian at Trevecca from 1977 to 2002. Both John and Sara will be honored at the luncheon on March 25.

Trevecca Heritage Day is hosted by Waggoner Library Archives, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Office of the Chaplain, and is part of Trevecca’s Heritage Day series.