S. D. Lee 2024

We are pleased to announce the 2024 Stephen D. Lee Institute will be held February 16-17, 2024, in Columbia, Tenessee. Hotels in the area include the Hampton Inn, 1551 Halifax Drive, (931) 540-1222; Fairfield Inn, 1545 Halifax Drive, (931) 548-8444; Richland Inn of Columbia, 2405 Pulaski Hwy, (931) 381-4500; Baymont by Wyndham Columbia Maury, 715 S. James M. Campbell Blvd, (931) 548-4246. Registration includes Friday Night – Finger foods and hors d’oeuvres. Saturday Lunch – Deli style buffet. Saturday Supper – Traditional Southern Fare, Fried Chicken, Potatoes, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls and Tea. Dessert – Banana Pudding and Iced Brownies. This year’s topic:

Who we are — as a people and an organization

The Stephen D. Lee Institute, now in its eighteenth year, is one of the best programs the SCV has for spreading the truth about our Confederate Heroes. The Stephen D. Lee Institute, which annually assembles some of the best minds in the South, discusses important issues about our Southern Heritage.

Register now!


     Our faculty for this year’s event will include:

     Dan Dorrill — Revival in the Southern Army and the Bible" Regional Director American Bible Society, Tennessee Divison Chaplain

     Ben Sewell “The inner workings of the SCV as seen through GHQ” Former Executive Director of the SCV

     Forrest Daws — “An early History of the SCV” Historian in Chief, SCV, Educator and Farmer

     Chris Sullivan — “How and why the SCV changed it's structure and Constitution in the 2000s” 70th Commander-in-Chief, SCV, Political Consultant 

     Frank Powell — “Southern Literature” Past Lt. Commander-in-Chief, SCV, Editor of Confederate Veteran Magazine

     Ron Kennedy — “The Character of the Southern People” Chief of Heritage Defense Operations, SCV, Noted Author and Speaker

     Frank Walsh — “Celtic Music and the South” Founder 12th Louisana String Band and Benevolent Society

      Chuck McMichael, serving as Host and Master of Ceremonies — 71st Commander-in-Chief, SCV, Educator and Historian



Please register on this website or contact Ms. Cindy White at 1-800-380-1896. Hotel reservations can be made directly at the hotel.



Friday, February 16

Events at the National Confederate Museum at Historic Elm Springs

1:30-4:30 pm Check In- Library in National Confederate Museum

3:00 pm Tour of Elm Springs for attendees who have already arrived

                     (included, about 1 hour duration)

6:30- 7:00 pm Check In- National Confederate Museum

7:00-9:00 pm Reception at the National Confederate Museum

Saturday, February 17

Events at the War Memorial Building, 308 W 7th St, Columbia, TN 3840

8:00-9:00 am Check in

8:30 am Opening Ceremony and greetings

8:45-11:30 am Speakers

11:40 am-1pm Dinner

1-3:30pm Speak ers

3:30-4:30 pm Q&A with presenters

6:30-9:30 pm Southern Supper and Speaker