Tennessee Valley Authority
In February of 1934, Haag accepted a field position with the Tennessee Valley Authority as archeologist for a project located in the Norris Reservoir in eastern Tennessee. It was after this experience that Haag returned to Kentucky as Associate Professor with the mandate (or as Haag says, “ramrod”) to establish a similar program to support T.V.A. projects in that state.
Without going into details about the tremendous program involved, it’s sufficient to say that we used W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) labor. And, we had untold amounts of labor. The very first day that I was on the job I had a crew of ninety men who knew not even as much archeology as I did. They knew nothing. So that I had to tell them, “Don’t move anything when you discover something. Call me.”
Well, I can assure you that at the end of the day, running among ninety men was pretty tiring. . . This was no doubt a turning point in my life. It was a movement in a direction from which I never retreated. In other words, I was an archeologist after the works in T.V.A.