The Tennessee Sampler Survey website states that their aim it to document and preserve Tennessee’s needlework heritage.
To quote the site
“The Tennessee Sampler Survey was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2004. Our mission is to document and preserve Tennessee’s needlework heritage. Our research includes documenting Tennessee samplers made prior to 1900. As of May 2009, we have located 210 samplers, 153 of which can be proven as Tennessean”
Why so proud of documenting 153 proven Tennessean samplers?
According to the about page until recently textile scholars has assumed that sampler making was not practiced in the South hence the enthusiasm at locating 210 samplers
It is a very well designed site which sampler enthusiasts will enjoy. You can move your mouse over the images to view the samplers in greater detail.
There is also a blog associated with the project. It is simply called the Tennessee Sampler project it is an extremely interesting read.