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Stoneware Made in East Tennessee
May 6: State of Franklin film
Tennessee Turned: Earthenware and Stoneware Made in East Tennessee 1800-1900
Tennessee Turned: Earthenware and Stoneware Made in East Tennessee 18001900 is a major exhibition of nineteenthcentury pots made in east Tennessee. At the Museum of east Tennessee History May 16 through october 30, the exhibition is based on the life’s research of guest curator Carole Carpenter Wahler, a noted authority on southern pottery and the foremost authority for Tennessee. “east Tennessee’s earliest potters were generally of German or english ancestry,” says Wahler, explaining that after 1800 these two pottery traditions combined with other cultural influences to result in a distinctive style of pottery that can be identified today.
This rare, earthenware jar was made by Christopher Alexander Haun (1821-1861). Haun was one of several potters from the Pottertown area of Greene County who conspired with other Union sympathizers to burn nine railroad bridges down the river valley in hope of disrupting Confederate supply and troop lines to and from the South. Haun and five others were arrested by Confederate authorities for burning the Lick Creek bridge in Greene County. Tried by “drumhead” court martial, the six were sentenced to be hanged. One was pardoned on a plea to Jefferson Davis. In the last hours before his execution, Haun wrote to his wife, “Have Bohanan, Hinshaw or Low to finish off that ware and do the best you can with it for your support.”
Come celebrate McClung Collection’s 90th Anniversary
Brown Bag lecture Series
ETHS is “Blue Star Museum”
Free museum admission for active military personnel and their families May 30Sept. 5 page 5
ETHS exhibit and catalog receive TAM Award
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From the grassroots:
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David Crockett: Lion of the West
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Up-to-date information about programs and events E-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube page 4
by best-selling author Michael Wallis Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Steeped in legend, shrouded in folklore, the real David Crockett–American frontiersman and cultural icon–finally emerges in this engrossing biography. Publishers Weekly (upcoming May issue)
Andrew Johnson’s Civil War and Reconstruction
by Dr. paul H. Bergeron Thursday, May 26, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
The east Tennessee Historical society will host a book signing and lecture featuring Dr. Paul H. Bergeron on the publication of his newest book, Andrew Johnson’s Civil War and Reconstruction. The event is at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at the east Tennessee History Center. A special discount price for the book will be available at the event only. Timed to coincide with the beginning of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the book offers a new perspective on the man whose service during the war included roles of military governor, u.s. vice president, and finally the presidency.
THE COUNTIES OF EAST TENNESSEE
East Tennessee History Center 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville
His name was David Crockett, and he never signed it any other way; yet popular culture transformed his memory into “Davy Crockett,” and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Born into a humble Tennessee family in 1786, Crockett never “killed him a b’ar” when he was only three. But he did cut a wide swath across early nineteenth-century America—as a bear hunter, a frontier explorer, a soldier serving
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First Friday events at the East Tennessee History Center
Film to preview at East Tennessee History Center Special June 3 kick-off to be in Knoxville
The Mysterious lost State of Franklin Special Screening
Join us friday, May 6, for a special screening of the film, The Mysterious Lost State of Franklin, presented by east Tennessee PBs. showings are at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 7:15 p.m. at the east Tennessee History Center. Produced by nolichucky Pictures, the film delves into this fascinating chapter of east Tennessee history, examining the creation of franklin, its reasons for being, and its nearly successful bid to be the fourteenth state admitted to the union. The film also explores the roles and motives of franklin Governor John sevier and opposition leader Colonel John Tipton, an initial supporter, then principal foe, of the new government. The frontier section of the Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee will be open for visitors to learn more about the history of franklin in the context of the period in which it existed. Artifacts from the era include the key to the log cabin that served as the state of franklin capitol in Greeneville, Davy Crockett’s first gun, a road wagon, survey compass and chain, an indian trade rifle, and much, much more. Admission for the night will be free. nolichucky Pictures is a production company with a mission “to provide effective media products to enhance cultural understanding of our Appalachian region, our country, and our world.”
Smoky Mountain pottery Festival
Thirty booths of excellent studio potters and a variety of pottery-related activities will be part of the 2011 smoky Mountain Pottery festival, hosted by the Townsend Visitors Center, June 3-4, with a special event to be hosted by eTHs in Knoxville, June 3. friday, June 3—following an afternoon of demonstrations and firings at the Townsend Visitors Center, the festival will move to the east Tennessee History Center in Knoxville for pottery demonstrations, and a viewing of the Tennessee Turned: Earthenware and Stoneware Made in East Tennessee 1800-1900 exhibit. Based on the research of guest curator Carole Carpenter Wahler, Tennessee Turned features some 240 pieces made by local potters, many on public view for the first time. saturday, June 4—The show moves back to the Townsend Visitors Center for a day featuring potters booths, a children’s tent, raku firings, hand building, wheel throwing, good food and good music. The public is invited, and all events are free.
Come celebrate McClung’s 90th Anniversary, Sunday, June 12
friends of research and history from across the region and state are invited to the east Tennessee History Center at 2:30 p.m. on sunday, June 12, to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the nationally recognized Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. The special speaker will be Dr. Charles f. Bryan, Jr., former director of the Virginia Historical society and earlier the director of the east Tennessee Historical society. founded in 1921, the “McClung Collection,” as it is popularly known, had as its genesis the manuscript, book, and document collection of businessman, historian, and library advocate Calvin M. McClung. The wealth of historically rich material was bequeathed to the library by his widow, Barbara Adair McClung. Mr. McClung would be pleased to learn that his personal library has grown into one of the premier history and genealogy research institutions in the southeast, housing 80,000 volumes, 18,000 reels of microfilm, and 250,000 photographs and negatives. The McClung Historical Collection and the east Tennessee
Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection
Historical society share a common bond and history. established in 1924 by members of the McClung Collection staff, eTHs has been housed with the library ever since. The two institutions work in tandem to preserve and promote the region’s history. By mutual agreement the McClung Collection preserves books, documents, manuscripts, and ephemera, while the east Tennessee Historical society collects artifacts and three-dimensional objects and also supports public, student, and teacher education programs. in 1978, the Knoxville-Knox County Public library was successful in obtaining the city’s old Custom House for use as a headquarters for the McClung Historical Collection, the east Tennessee Historical society, the Knox County Archives, a museum, and tourist information. To learn more about the McClung Historical Collection, see www.knoxlib.org and click McClung Collection. The McClung Digital Collection may be seen online at http://cmdc.knoxlib.org.
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Harriet Z. Albers Memorial Spring Brown Bag lecture
May 10 — Soldiers, Spartans, and Spies: Civil War Stories from Tennessee by Calvin Dickinson, Ph.D. The surprising roles played by children, youth, and women is the topic of a new book by Calvin Dickinson and Jennie ivey. Women home guards, Confederate spy Ginny Moon, drummer boy Johnny Clem, “boy hero of the Confederacy” sam Davis, and slave-turned soldier Hanson Caruthers are a few of the many fascinating accounts Dr. Dickinson will share with us. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing, as well as his earlier work, Sister States, Enemy States: The Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee. A retired professor of history at Tennessee Tech university, Dr. Dickinson is the author of more than 20 books. Co-author Jennie ivey is a retired school teacher.
Summer and Fall lecture Series sponsored by 21st Mortgage
June 8 — I Read It in the Newspaper: Civil War Knoxville by Robert Booker Mr. Booker will share his insights into the challenges of everyday life for the citizens of Knoxville during the Civil War. His unique understanding of the subject comes from hundreds of hours spent poring page by page over period newspapers. Mr. Booker is a wellknown author, popular newspaper columnist, researcher, and has written extensively about African American history.
July 13 — History of the Georgia Academy of the Blind by Otis Stephens, Ph.D., JD Georgia Academy for the Blind is a residential school located in Macon. respected lawyer, professor, constitutional scholar, and Georgia Academy graduate Dr. otis stephens gives credit to the school for its influence on his educational experience and later life successes and contributions. His new book traces the history of the school through the challenges of the Civil War, a national depression, World War ii, current trends in education, and beyond. The history of the school, explains Dr. stephens, mirrors the struggles of the nation and the changing mores of society. Dr. stephens holds a Ph.D. from John Hopkins university and a J.D. from the university of Tennessee law school. He is the Alumni Distinguished senior Professor of Political science and also the resident scholar of Constitutional law at the u.T. College of law, where he now teaches.
August 10 — Cemeteries of the Smokies by Gail Palmer, Ph.D. Whether well tended or under a tangle of vines, the cemeteries of the smokies hold a key to the rich cultural legacy of life and death in the mountains. Dr. Palmer’s research lends interesting insights into funeral and burial customs in the mountains, such as the stopping of clocks, sitting up with the body, and the mounding of graves. The mysterious death of Jasper Mellinger, the pipe-smoking mountain woman sophie Campbell, Black Bill Walker who sired 26 kids by one wife and several lady friends, and bear hunter Jesse Palmer’s metal coffin built to protect his body from revenge by the bears are among the stories of real people whose memories still linger in the traditions and legends of the smokies. September 14 — To Be Announced
November 9 — Bleeding Kansas by Ed Bearrs national Park service Chief Historian emeritus ed Bearrs will discuss the strong pro- and anti-slavery divisions that formed around Kansas’s admission to the union as a free or slave state. The Kansas-nebraska Act of 1854 led to a rush of new residents for Kansas, as citizens from pro-slavery Missouri and abolitionists from new england and other free states flooded Kansas to influence the decision. Among these were the fiery abolitionist John Brown and his five sons. Vehement violence, clashes, and skirmishes led to the u.s. Cavalry being called to establish control. often called “the Pied Piper of History,” ed Bearrs will emphasize the Bleeding Kansas story within the context of events leading to the Civil War, as well as to tell the dramatic stories of the individuals on both sides caught up in the melee.
October 12 — Black Leaders of Blount County during Reconstruction by Robert Glenn Slater following the Civil War, an unusual political atmosphere prevailed for a time in Blount County as several black leaders emerged to play major roles in rebuilding the county’s economy and community. Mr. slater examines the contributions and legacy of these leaders through the stories of nine key leaders, including educator, newspaper publisher, and Maryville mayor W. B. scott, sr., and Alan Garner, Jr., an attorney and active politician. robert Glenn slater is a doctoral candidate at the university of Tennessee and was chosen by the Advisory Board of the Journal of East Tennessee History as the winner of the McClung Award for best article in 2009.
Visitors are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy the Brown Bag Lectures at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay. Programs begin at noon and are free and open to the public. Soft drinks and water are available.
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“This pottery, of which we are justifiably proud, provides a unique link in the continuum of the American potting tradition as it spread across the United States.” The exhibit will explore all aspects of nineteenth-century pottery production in East Tennessee, as well as featuring comparative examples from other parts of the state. Visitors will learn how to “read” a pot, how a pot was made, the difference between earthenware and stoneware, and the importance of pottery for households. These “messengers of the past,” as Wahler refers to them, sometimes tell intensely personal family stories, such as the tragic saga of Greene
County’s Civil War bridge burners. Family potteries, such as the Cain, Hinshaw, Mottern, Decker, Weaver, and Grindstaff, among many others, will be represented by their surviving work. This once-in-a-lifetime grouping of more than 200 distinctive regional pieces will make for an unforgettable exploration of this chapter of Tennessee history. Presenting sponsor for Tennessee Turned is Home federal Bank of Knoxville, with branches in Anderson, Blount, Knox, and sevier counties.
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ETHS Newsline now semi-annual
The eTHs Newsline, quarterly since its 1985 inception, will now go semi-annual. The move is part of the society’s ongoing attempts to adapt to modern technology and rising costs, yet maintain our important relationship with our members by keeping them informed and involved. eTHs Director Cherel Henderson points out that, while the trend is toward digital only newsletters and notices, eTHs, as a historical organization, has a mission to preserve memories and news. “Newsline is our permanent record of events, programs and news. our board and staff think this solution balances the twin objectives of good environmental stewardship, while facilitating our commitment to inform our members and create a legacy for the future.”
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Tennessee History Day
The national History Day (nHD) program continues to grow, as evidenced Julia B. Armistead, Knoxville by the numbers of participating students, teachers, and schools in the March 7 forrest Conklin, Knoxville east Tennessee History Day district contest, sponsored by the east Tennessee neil Cooper, Knoxville Historical society and the university of Tennessee’s Department of History. some 3,500 middle and high elena i. Zimmerman, Knoxville school students took part in the east Tennessee nHD program this year, with 287 students representing 14 counties advancing to the district contest. forty-six teachers from 41 schools also participated. The top three projects in each category (exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and website design) advanced to the state’s Tennessee History Day contest, held April 2 in nashville and sponsored by the Tennessee Historical society. east Tennessee students won first or second place in 23 of the 35 categories at this year’s state contest and are eligible to compete at the national History Day contest to be held June 12-16 at the university of Maryland. “each year brings an increased quality of work in the student’s projects, not just in east Tennessee but across the state,” says district cocoordinator lisa oakley, adding “Tennessee students are very competitive nationally.” As coordinators for the east Tennessee District national History Day, eTHs curator of education lisa oakley and eTHs Teaching American History academic facilitator William Hardy work with schools and teachers throughout the region to promote nHD participation and to advise on methods that will help students excel with their projects. several Tennessee and east Tennessee students have either advanced to the national finals or won medals by placing in the top three.
Gifts: Anonymous--girandoles, mid-19th century; hand-painted and fired pitchers, 1910s; pressed-glass items, early 20th century; Blount County. Estate of Wallace W. Baumann--hand-made miniature theater stage given to Wallace Baumann by Mr. and Mrs. William Wallace Woodruff, c. 1935, Knox County. John Coker--crock by unknown potter, late 19th-early 20th century. Sunny Mae Bondurant Graves--baby doll of sunny Mae Bondurant, c. 1930, Knox County. Jim Gray--irish Chain quilt made by Mary elizabeth richardson Keith, signed M. e. Keith / July 25, 1907. Carolyn and Nick Hanson--machinist lathe of Mead Warren sr., late 19th century, Blount County.
New to Collection
Dwight Kessel--ViP blazer with Knoxville international energy exposition emblem, 1982, Knox County. Julia Looper--wedding dress and going-away dress of Mary Jane Morgan of Coal Creek, 1888, Anderson County. Jeannine Carmichael McKamey--jumping-jack (toy) of Henry newman Carmichael Jr., c. 1920s, Knox County. Estate of Claxton R. McClain--edison Amberola and Blue Amberol cylinder records, c. 1918, Knox County. Regas Restaurant--bowls, plates, and other serving items used at the restaurant, late 20th century, Knox County. W. Harvey Smeltzer--quilt top made by Paul Harvey smeltzer while in the Army, initialed and dated nov. 19, 1934, sullivan County. University of Tennessee Volunteers Basketball--basketball signed by Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl, Knox County. Purchases: Advertising clock for Max friedman Jewelers, probably 1950s. folk art watercolor portrait of Timothy Chandler with toy horn and dog, c. 1824; toy horn shown in painting.
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History under the Covers
on february 22, 85 people attended a “quilt turning” in the eTHC auditorium to hear quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel talk about 15 of her favorite quilts in the eTHs museum collection—some utilitarian and others works of art. As each quilt was raised from the bedstead, attendees heard its story as well as about its distinctive traits. included were the “Pot of flowers” quilt that Mary Jane spangler Greene of union County hid, according to family legend, under her dress to appear pregnant as Civil War soldiers passed through the area, and the 1970s quilt made by Bonnie Jones from discarded cloth labels at the Tennford Weaving plant in Morgan County.
russell Briscoe doll-house furniture
During the Great Depression in the 1930s, russell Briscoe and his wife, Deas, started a successful wooden toy company from their home and named it Bristoy. Their catalog showcased a full line of dollhouse furniture, from beds and sofas to corner cupboards and grandfather clocks. if anyone has doll furniture known to be Briscoe made, either by its provenance or because it is signed, please contact Michele MacDonald, curator of collections, at 865-215-8829. We would like to research these pieces to determine whether sizes and styles changed over time and document them photographically.
Missing Civil War gun located and returned to Museum of Confederacy
recently a rare .36-caliber spiller and Burr revolver that had been missing from the Museum of the Confederacy (MoC) in richmond, Virginia, for 36 years was located in sevier County. eTHs curator of collections Michele MacDonald was the in-town representative for MoC’s collections manager Cathy Wright, picking up the firearm from the fBi office and packing it for shipment. According to Wright, museum officials there had not expected to ever see the gun again. “This is one of the best presents we could have asked for.” By the close of the Civil War, some 1,500 revolvers were fabricated by this Confederate gunmaker, only one-tenth of the factory’s original order.
Crockett’s first gun “goes to Texas”
in the big push to Texas following the Civil War, the letters “GTT” were seen on many doors in east Tennessee, a message to friends and visitors that the residents had “Gone to Texas.” During the month of March, an empty case in the Museum of east Tennessee History should have read “GTT,” as David Crockett’s first rifle had left Tennessee for Texas to be on display for the 175th anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo. it was Crockett’s defeat at the hands of Democratic candidate Adam Huntsman in the 1834 state congressional race that prompted him to leave for Texas. for 13 days in early 1836, Crockett and some 200 others defended the Alamo from Mexican siege; he and all but two died there fighting for Texas independence.
Program honors military and families
ETHS exhibit wins Tennessee Association of Museums award
Two east Tennessee Historical society projects have been recognized by the Tennessee Association of Museums. The exhibition, Vanishing Appalachia: Photographs by Don Dudenbostel, Field Recordings by Tom Jester, received an Award of excellence. The accompanying catalog and CD of the same name received an Award of commendation. Through photographs, recordings, and artifacts, the exhibit and catalog examined aspects of Appalachian culture that are still practiced, yet by so few as to be on the verge of disappearing.
ETHS “Blue Star Museum” participant
Did you know that more than a million Americans have deployed to iraq, and some 900,000 children have said goodbye to a parent at least once since the fighting began? The east Tennessee Historical society is proud to join with the national endowment for the Arts and its Blue star Museums program to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s military and their families. from Memorial Day, May 30, through labor Day, september 5, 2011, the eTHs will offer free admission to the Museum of east Tennessee History to active duty military personnel and their families. “Tennesseans have a strong tradition of participating in the national story and in responding when our nation is in crisis, a tradition reflected in our signature exhibit, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee,” says eTHs Director Cherel Henderson. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate with hundreds of museums across the country to give back to the military community for all they do for us.” under Blue star Museum guidelines, those wishing to attend must present iDs to show their active duty participation. for more information, see www.eastTNhistory.org and bluestarmuseums@ arts.gov.
Vanishing Appalachia to travel
Due to popular interest, Vanishing Appalachia has been selected by eTHs as our first traveling exhibit to be offered to other institutions. The first venue is for the fall semester at union College, Barbourville, Kentucky.
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Tennessee to California to Canada to Knoxville
rare miniature book finds its way home
Thanks to the thoughtfulness of a Canadian resident and an east Tennessee native who is now serving as a u.s. diplomat in Vancouver, a rare artifact has found its way back to east Tennessee. The item is a miniature book titled Extracts from the Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, produced in 1930 by students at the Training Division of the Kingsport Press in Kingsport, Tennessee. The leather-bound, gold-tooled volume measures 13/16” high by 9/16” wide and is the second in a series of Kingsport Press presidential miniatures. The 1929 class produced The Addresses of Abraham Lincoln, containing four complete speeches in 160 pages with approximately fifty words per page in ten lines of two-point type. Determined to outdo the previous year, the 1930 graduates produced the Coolidge volume in even smaller type of about sixty words a page in twelve lines. The principal authority on miniature books, louis W. Bondy, describes the Kingsport 1. McClung Collection manager Steve presidential volumes as “marvels of superior miniature book production.” Cotham and Chris “Beau” Fancher Mrs. Phillipa Wenstob, a member of a very old and prominent Vancouver family, found 2. This leather-bound, gold-tooled the book in a box of jewelry left to her by her aunt Barbara sully, who likely acquired it while miniature volume of Extracts from the living in California where her father was receiving medical treatment. in the spring of 2010, Mrs. Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge Wenstob contacted the u.s. Consulate General in Vancouver, expressing her desire to give it back measures less than an inch. Each page to “America.” has 60 words and 12 lines. By wonderful coincidence, the Vice-Consul at the us Consulate General in Vancouver is east Tennessee native Christopher “Beau” fancher. When research revealed the book’s origin as Kingsport, Mr. fancher immediately thought of the McClung Historical Collection. Describing himself as “a ninth generation east Tennessean and a native Knoxvillian,” fancher explains that he became familiar with the resources of the McClung Collection while researching for the documentation to complete his application for membership in the first families of Tennessee.
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under Andrew Jackson, an unlikely congressman, and, finally, a martyr, in his now-controversial death at the Alamo. Three times nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, David Crockett journalist and popular historian Michael Wallis’ numerous recognitions include the John steinbeck Award, the Will rogers spirit Award, the Western Heritage Award, and inductions into the oklahoma Hall of fame, Writers Hall of fame of America, and the oklahoma Historians Hall of fame. He was also the first inductee of the oklahoma route 66 Hall of fame. His 17 books include Route 66: The Mother Road; Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd; Mankiller: A Chief and Her People, and Billy the Kid: The Endless Ride. Wallis’ latest book, David Crockett, is more than a riveting story. it is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction, providing us with a deeper understanding of a true American hero and the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived. Wallace takes an honest look at Crockett—balancing his weaknesses in drink, debt, and family life against his successes, such as his election to the Tennessee and u.s. legislatures, and his courage in opposing the indian removal. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
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Whereas previous books have judged Johnson out of the context of his times or through a partisan lens, this volume, based on Bergeron’s work as editor of The Papers of Andrew Johnson, takes a more balanced approach. Admiring Johnson’s unswerving devotion to the union, lincoln appointed him military governor of Tennessee, a post, Bergeron argues, that enhanced Johnson’s executive experience and his national stature. While governor, Johnson implemented the emancipation of slaves in the state and laid the foundation for a new civilian government. Bergeron also notes Johnson’s close connection with the president, which eventually resulted in his vice-presidential candidacy. Paul H. Bergeron was the editor of the Papers of Andrew Johnson, volumes 8-16, from 1987 to 2000. He is the author of The Presidency of James K. Polk and coauthor of Tennesseans and Their History. He is professor of history emeritus at the university of Tennessee and a member of the east Tennessee Historical society Board of Directors, where he serves as a vice president. The book can be ordered from the eTHs Museum shop for $50, plus shipping and any applicable tax. eTHs members receive a 10% discount on shop purchases. for information call 865-215-8830. The east Tennessee History Center is located at 601 s. Gay street, Knoxville. The lecture and book signing are free and open to the public.
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earthenware and stoneware made in east tennessee 1800-1900
A major exhibition of more than 200 pots, most on display for the first time, based on the research of guest curator Carole Carpenter Wahler
exhibition open daily
May 16 through October 30, 2011
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Based on the exhibition Made in East Tennessee: Pottery, this large and detailed catalog documents the pieces selected by Carole Carpenter Wahler for the Museum of East Tennessee History’s first regional pottery exhibition in 1996 Includes an introduction by J. Roderick Moore
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Betty A. Grove Harriett P. Hancock Dr. and Mrs. Carl r. Hartrampf Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hensley Dr. Anthony Hodges lorie Huff Mr. and Mrs. ron Hutchins Michael D. Jamerson Geneva B. Jennings Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey D. Johnson Chester G. Kilgore elizabeth W. layman Michael and nancy lofaro Carolyn r. long Dave r. lyke lawrence and Joan Markel Carolyn and Phillip Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Carrington Montague ellen P. oblow louise o’Brien fred and Druanna overbay M. sue Parker stephen and Jan owens Perry Mr. and Mrs. William e. Pinkston Mr. and Mrs. larry D. Proctor Helen Hoban rogers Marilyn J. rogers Mr. and Mrs. nelson ross lois rule Mrs. robert schmid John r. slaten The Honorable and Mrs. Don sundquist laura Twilley Georgiana Vines Merikay Waldvogel and Jerry ledbetter Patricia D. Wallace Dr. Jerry e. Waters A. e. Moon Welch stuart r. Worden
Other Annual Giving Contributions
susan l. Dominick Clara l. Hagaman Betsy Kay robinson sarah J. Weeks
elisabeth r. Carter Clayton Bank & Trust Clayton family foundation Jane W. Hall Gary K. irwin Becky Jolly Thomas e. Kendrick Doris r. Martinson nancy e. McBrearty r. f. McMurray Jacqueline T. newman Jill Marie Patterson Jennifer r. sexton Winifred l. swanson reid W. Walker
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Bolen richard Hall Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Hankins Jerry Henderson
Barbara and Bill Arant Pat and Jane Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. richard B. Armstrong, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David T. Bailey Mr. and Mrs. sloan s. Bomar Mr. and Mrs. Arvin e. Brown Commissioner Mike Brown Mr. and Mrs. John l. Butler Dr. and Mrs. Philip D. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. robert r. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Clemmons
Charles H. Abner Mr. and Mrs. Thomas r. Bell, sr. William e. Bird Mr. and Mrs. ernest C. Blankenship Ann K. Blomquist Caroline C. Bowers Barbara B. Brinkley and Carol B. Key Dr. laura Powers and Dr. John Burkhart Jean Baggenstoss Cardwell Barbara Caudle and ruth Grubbs Dr. and Mrs. stephen Cobble Mr. and Mrs. Allen r. Coggins John Coker frances and James Cooper Margaret and Duncan Crawford George f. Danker Dr. Jayne C. Defiore Jeffrey T. Denton Mr. and Mrs. Tom Derr Joyce robinson Diftler and Harold Diftler Warren and Diane edwards Dr. and Mrs. John n. fain Mr. and Mrs. Don e. foirster M. scott fugate linda s. Garner
Mr. and Mrs. robert l. Hansard Janelle Via-McKown Judge Brenda Waggoner Mr. edward s. Albers, Jr. Dr. George K. schweitzer
Restricted Contributions: In-Kind Gifts
Clayton family foundation
Volume 27, No. 1, Spring 2011
From the Grass Roots
∂ Appalachian GhostWalks—scare up some fun for the whole family while exploring the spooky side of east Tennessee history through thirteen regional tours from Appalachian GhostWalks tours. for information or to book a single or family tour, contact stacey Allen McGee at info@appalachianghostwalks. com or call (423) 743-WAlK. www.AppalachianGhostWalks.com |APGW, P.o. Box 153, unicoi, Tn 37692. ∂ Historic Jonesborough—Visit Tennessee’s first town for the 41st Annual Jonesborough Days Celebration. The fun-filled annual event will open at 10 a.m. on saturday, July 2, and will feature food, crafts, and games. A parade will close the festivities at 10 p.m., sunday. for additional information see http://historicjonesborough.com/calendarfull.php or call (423) 791-3819. | Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone street, Jonesborough, Tn 37659. ∂ Historic Rugby—Music, dancing, traditional arts and crafts, folk demonstrations, storytelling, historic building tours, and tasty vittles are only some of the great activities that await you at the 37th Annual festival of British and Appalachian Culture, May 14-15. To learn more, call 1-888-214-3400 or email email@example.com. www.historicrugby.org. |Hr, 5517 rugby Hwy., rugby, Tn 37733. ∂ Knoxville Civil War Roundtable—Join the KCWrT each month for dinner and a lecture at the Bearden Banquet Hall. upcoming speakers and topics include: May 10, William G. Piston, “Wilson’s Creek: How a forgotten Battle saved Missouri and Changed the Course of the Civil War”; July 12, sam Davis elliot, “Governor isham G. Harris and Tennessee’s secession.” The buffet dinner begins at 7 p.m., followed by the meeting and lecture. There is a combination dinner and lecture cost, or a lecture-only cost, with discounts for KCWrT members. for information or reservations, call (865) 671-9001 or visit http://www.discoveret.org/kcwrt/. | KCWrT, P.o. Box 313, Knoxville, Tn 37901-0313. ∂ Marble Springs—Mark the birth of Tennessee’s first governor, John sevier, by joining the weekend celebrations at his Knoxville home, Marble springs, May 28-29. Commemoration events will feature living history demonstrations, military drills, home tours, and more. for details, call (865) 573-5508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://marblesprings.net | Marble springs, 1220 West Governor John sevier Highway, Knoxville, Tn 37920. ∂ Museum of Appalachia—Join in the fun and festivities at the Museum of Appalachia’s 4th of July celebration! Activities include an anvil shoot, craft and mountain skill demonstrations that include rail splitting, basket making, whittling, sheep herding, quilting, spinning, blacksmithing, and more. View the operation of an old-time circular saw mill and visit with Betsy ross as she sews the nation’s first flag. Activities are from 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., with food available on premises. for information, call (865) 494-7680 or email email@example.com. www.museumofappalachia.org. | MA, 2819 Andersonville Hwy., Clinton, Tn 37716. ∂ Oak Ridge—fun for the whole family awaits at oak ridge’s secret City festival, June 17-18, featuring children’s activities, a World War ii reenactment, oak ridge history exhibits, Manhattan Project site tours, regional exhibitors and vendors, arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, and festival food. A concert series will feature performances by The Village People (June 17) and ricky skaggs (June 18). Tickets and information can be found by calling (865) 425-3610 or at www.secretcityfestival.com. | sCf, 1403 oak ridge Turnpike, oak ridge, Tn 37830-6206. ∂ The New Harp of Columbia—enjoy the beautiful harmonies of shapenote singing in such places as Blount, Greene, McMinn, and sevier counties throughout the year. for more information concerning upcoming shape-note singings or to be added to the New Harp of Columbia listserve, contact Chris stoddart at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://oldharp.org.
Volume 27, No. 1, Spring 2011
∂ Ramsey House—stroll through history at ramsey House “living History Weekend: A Timeline from the french and indian War to the Civil War,” May 14-15. Be sure to return for a visit on July 9, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., as local celebrities recount some of the area’s spooky tales during “A Haunting at ramsey.” for information, contact: (865) 546-0745 or email email@example.com. http://ramseyhouse.org. | rH, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville, Tn 37914. ∂ Rocky Mount Museum—Children ages 8-12 are invited to explore life in the 18th century at rocky Mount Museum’s summer Apprentice Day Camp program, June through July. space is limited, and reservations are required. on July 9, the Jonesborough storytellers Guild will delight audiences with tales of spooks and haunts. Please call 1-888-538-1791 or email info@ rockymountmuseum.com. www.rockymountmuseum.com. | rMM, 200 Hyder Hill rd., Piney flats, Tn 37686. ∂ Sequoyah Birthplace Museum—Tennessee statehood Day celebrations await visitors at the sequoyah Birthplace Museum. on May 29, Cherokee demonstrators and artists, including resident blacksmiths, will demonstrate their crafts and artwork. Commemorate the sequoyah Birthplace Museum’s 25th anniversary on July 2 with free museum admission and arts and crafts demonstrations. for information, please contact Charlie rhodarmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sequoyahmuseum.org. |sBM, P.o. Box 69, 576 Hwy. 360, Vonore, Tn 37885. ∂ Smoky Mountain Highland Games—Celebrate “all things scots” May 20-22 as Maryville College hosts the 2011 scottish Games. events feature concerts, a gala reception, border collie demonstrations, children’s activities, clan challenges, athletics, entertainment, and a parade of Tartans and Massed Bands. for information: www.smokymountaingames.org. ∂ Tipton Family Association--Tipton descendants are invited to mark their calendars for the TfA meeting, october 8, at rocky Mount Museum, 200 Hyder Hill rd., Piney flats, Tennessee. Program information will be available soon via the Tipton family newsletter. Any questions may be directed to TfA President John Parrish, 314 oak Place, Asheville, nC 28803 or to email@example.com. ∂ Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site—This summer, Tipton-Haynes will join historic sites and museums across the nation in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. on May 7, “springtime in Haynesville: 1861” will portray the last days of antebellum east Tennessee and the weeks leading up to the beginning of the Civil War. The occasion also will celebrate the opening of the Tipton-Haynes Museum’s new permanent exhibition, as well as educational and special programs relevant to the Civil War in Tennessee. for more information, visit www.tipton-haynes.org or call (423) 926-3631. |THsHs, 2620 south roan st., Johnson City, Tn 37601.
A quarterly newsletter of the East Tennessee Historical Society 601 S. Gay Street • P.O. Box 1629 • Knoxville, Tennessee 37901 Phone: 865-215-8824 Director & Editor ...........................................................Cherel Henderson Editorial Assistants .........................................................Adam Alfrey ...............................................................................Lisa Belleman ...............................................................................Diane Bohannon ...............................................................................William E. Hardy ...............................................................................Stephanie Henry .................................................................................. Michele MacDonald ...............................................................................Lisa N. Oakley
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Welcome New Members
Benefactor: reverend John Wood, Knoxville Patron: Thomas Kevin niceley, Mascot Sustainer: stephen and Kim rosen, Knoxville; Melvin sturm, Knoxville Contributor: lawrence and Joan Markel, Knoxville; Carolyn and Phillip Mitchell, Jefferson City Barbara D. Petty, Knoxville; Donald C. Pinkston, loudon; nancy roberts, Knoxville; Bruce and Denise robertson, Maryville; s. Pace and Karen robinson, Knoxville; Blair ross, oak ridge; sharron Thompson, lenoir City; les and Cindy Williams, Powell; Bradley D. Williams, Kingston Individual: Carole Akers, oak ridge; Marcus Allison, Memphis; nancy Anderson, Hixson; James Phillip Battey, Alexandria, VA; Jane Davis, Knoxville; James C. ensor, Knoxville; Mary lynn Geisler, Knoxville; Kathryn D. Greenwood, Mulkeytown, il; sherry Hoover, Anchorage, AK; Judith ideker, Knoxville; lowell D. Klepper, Jennings, fl; Dr. stephanie M. lang, lexington, Ky; nancy e. McBrearty, Maryville; Clayton Mcnew, Knoxville; Angela Monk, seymour; Bert outlaw, Pace, fl; Dorothy W. romines, Knoxville; John D. Thurman, Knoxville; ophelia M. Walker, seymour
Teacher: Jerry Atchley, seymour; B. Duane Buckles, Maryville; laura Hartness, rogersville; Myrtle leach, sevierville; susan Mclemore, Knoxville; Karen D. Peterman, Knoxville; Angie sexton, Knoxville; Jyl smithson, Knoxville
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East Tennessee Streetscape: The Corner Drug Store & Streetcar No. 416
Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee Three Centuries of life in east Tennessee
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