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Teaching American History Grant

ETHS project and academic director for major education grant

Awards of Excellence History nominations sought
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roads I’ve Traveled: The life’s Work of Jim Gray exhibition
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Iraq veteran finds Civil War ancestor in ETHS museum Heartwarming story
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learn about 1950 American Enka strike exhibition opening
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The east Tennessee historical society (eThs) is pleased to announce it will participate as project director in its third consecutive Teaching american history Grant. entitled Enduring Visions: Historical Views of Americans and Their World, the three-year grant consortium includes anderson, sevier, and union county schools, as well as academic faculty from the university of Tennessee history Department. additional partners include the calvin M. Mcclung historical collection and the Knox county archives. The primary aim of the project is to improve teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of american history content, thereby building confidence in their ability to teach the subject. “a series of mini-institutes during the academic year, summer travel seminars, and teaching materials and resources will promote a deeper understanding of american history for teachers,” explains lisa oakley, eThs curator of education and Enduring Visions project director. The project also seeks to increase teachers’ use of the nation’s founding documents, primary sources, local history resources, national history Day, and other research-based
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ETHS receives gift of 23 paintings from Knoxville museum of Art
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TN State Library & Archives schedules Knox County visit

Do you have Civil War artifacts or documents?
“looking Back: The civil war in Tennessee,” a new initiative from the Tennessee state library and archives, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the civil war by providing citizens across the state an opportunity to have their civil war manuscripts, artifacts, and photographs digitally copied without leaving their communities. The resulting digital collection will not only preserve the resources for posterity but will also form a virtual exhibit of the war in Tennessee. Civil War Artifacts and Documents Those with civil war-related manuscripts, artifacts, and documents to wednesday, March 9, noon - Brown Bag lecture be scanned or photographed are invited to “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee” bring them to the east Tennessee history by Dr. wayne Moore, assistant Tn state archivist center in Knoxville, March 9-10. hours to bring in artifacts and documents are March 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. March 9, from 2-6 p.m.; March 10, from 9 artifacts & documents scanned by appointment a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are requested to register for an appointment at http://www. Thursday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call
artifacts & documents scanned by appointment

From the Grass roots News from Around and About the region
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Internet Genealogy classes
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East Tennessee History Center 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville

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Jamie awalt at 615-253-3470 or The east Tennessee history center is located at 601 s. Gay st., across from the Tennessee Theatre. During the course of the five-year commemoration, Tsla will visit each of the state’s 95 counties. east Tennessee stops have already been made in Blount, anderson, and Greene counties, as well as others. a visit is scheduled for Greeneville on february 18. Those missing previous stops in their home counties are welcome to bring their artifacts and documents to another county for filming. Tsla staff, with the cooperation of local archivists and librarians, will digitize and provide on-site guidance on basic conservation techniques. The project provides citizens the opportunity to contribute personally to the statewide celebration of the civil war sesquicentennial and to honor their civil war ancestors. in return, participants will receive free digitization services, copies of the digital images, and the opportunity to have their civil war manuscripts and artifacts preserved digitally at the state library and archives for future generations. To be considered for digitization, the items must pertain to the civil war. examples of suitable items include: letters, photographs, diaries, uniforms or uniform pieces, weapons, hand-drawn maps and sketches, pension materials, quilts, flags, buttons, newspapers, medical implements, etc. To learn more about the project, including a list of guidelines and a schedule of upcoming visits, see tsla/cwtn/index.htm. on March 9 at noon, Dr. wayne Moore, assistant Tennessee state archivist, will present a program “looking Back: The civil war in Tennessee,” describing the initiative and some of the wonderful civil war “finds” that have come to light. The lecture is free and open to the public March 7

Volunteer for National History Day
eThs is looking for volunteers to serve as judges and room monitors for the national history Day district competition, March 7, 2011, at the university of Tennessee. More than 400 local middle and high school students are expected to participate. national history Day is a curriculum enhancement program designed to change the way history is taught and learned in the classroom. students are required to conduct extensive primary and secondary research, interpret information, and draw conclusions about the meaning of the past. Middle school and high school students from across the region compete first either at school or county contests before advancing to the district event. The Tenth annual east Tennessee history Day competition will be at the university of Tennessee’s carolyn P. Brown university center on and is cosponsored by eThs and the university of Tennessee’s Department of history. hundreds of students throughout east Tennessee compete in one of five categories: exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers, and websites. This year, students will create projects based on the annual nhD theme, “Debate and Diplomacy: successes, failures, and consequences.” east Tennessee students have excelled in the national history Day program over the past several years, winning and placing at the national contest held at the university of Maryland in each of the past four years. if you would like to be a judge, volunteer as a room monitor, or just come and learn about national history Day, contact william e. hardy at 865-215-8875 or by e-mail at Training is provided on the morning of the competition and all first-time judges are paired with experienced judges. your involvement can make a difference.


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a retrospective exhibition, Roads I’ve Traveled, at the Museum of east Tennessee history through april 23, showcases the life’s work of Jim Gray. in addition to east Tennessee-inspired landscapes, the exhibit features selections from the east Tennessee artist’s work, including wildlife, floral and marine paintings, and assorted sculptures in bronze.

Roads I’ve Traveled: The Life’s Work of Jim Gray

Jim and Fran Gray

a special event held in conjunction with the exhibit Roads I’ve Traveled, featuring a 5:30pm reception and 6:30pm interview program with the artist. advanced reservations ($50 per person) may be made by contacting lisa Belleman by e-mail at or by phone at 865-215-8883. seating is limited.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, April 7, 2011 A Tennessee Conversation with Jim Gray

Save $50 on limited edition Jim Gray lithograph! Jim Gray’s Of the Mountains, featured left, is being offered to eThs Members as a limited edition lithograph for the introductory price of $150. The signed and numbered prints are available for purchase through the Museum shop, 865-215-8830. More information and a color version can be seen at

Special Discount for ETHS members

Of the Mountains


Exhibit sponsored by Jim & Natalie Haslam

Jim Gray sculpting Dolly Parton

Awards of Excellence for History nominations sought
The east Tennessee historical society (eThs) is seeking nominations from across east Tennessee for awards of excellence in the field of history. each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the region’s history. awards are in four categories: The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation, or special programming, including a conference, heritage event, lecture series, or other. History in the Media Award is presented to someone in the field of television, radio, newspaper, magazine, or internet for outstanding contributions to the promotion of our region’s history. Teaching Excellence Award is for outstanding or innovative teaching of history at any level, grade one through adult education. The society’s most prestigious recognition is the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award is reserved for one who, over
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the course of a lifetime, has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and preservation of east Tennessee history. it is named for eThs founder and early historian, Dr. J.G.M. ramsey, author of The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century. These prestigious awards have been presented by the society each year since 1982 to individuals and organizations with outstanding contributions in the fields of teaching, the media, preservation, publishing, and lifetime achievement. for more information about the awards of excellence or to request a nomination form, please contact the east Tennessee historical society, P. o. Box 1629, Knoxville, Tn 37901. Phone: 865-215-8824 or visit website at The postmark deadline for award applications is april 11, 2011. winners will be recognized at the society’s annual Meeting, May 3, in Knoxville.


Iraq veteran meets Civil War great-great grandfather in musuem
last fall, Brian young and his wife, caty, visited the east Tennessee history center to explore the museum and to research in the Mcclung historical collection. recently relocated to Knoxville, the young couple each has east Tennessee roots, caty from an early pioneer family of Powell Valley and Brian from the sherfeys of Jonesborough. a staff sergeant in the 278th armored cavalry regiment, a national Guard unit headquartered in Knoxville, Brian had returned to west Tennessee in June from his second deployment to iraq. The couple then moved to Knoxville where Brian is attending the university of Tennessee, majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in history. Brian has long had an interest in the civil war and since he was a teenager has participated in reenactments. from his own personal research, he knew that his great-great grandfather andrew sherfey of Jonesborough had been a union soldier who had enlisted in september 1863 in co. i, 8th Tennessee cavalry, and that in the spring of 1865 was hospitalized in Knoxville and mustered out of service later that year. imagine their surprised delight when, while exploring the Divided Loyalties section of the Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee exhibition, came face-to-face with his great-great grandfather adam sherfey. The photo was part of a photograph album kept by captain George edgar Pvt. Andrew Sherfey, top left; top right: Pvt. Murry B. Lain. Bottom Grisham of the 8th Tennessee cavalry. a journalist prior to the (L to R): Pvt. George W. Brooks, Iraq veteran Staff Sergeant Brian war, captain Grisham, also of Jonesborough, had compiled the Pvt. Jess Hunt, all of Co. I, 8th TN Young came face-to-face with his album of photos of men in his unit for his wife, Maggie. The Cav. The photo is from a photograph great-great grandfather Andrew photographic reproduction of the Grisham album on display album compiled by Captain George Sherfey for the first time while Edgar Grisham of men in his unit in the Museum of east Tennessee history is made from the visiting the Museum of East during the Civil War. Tennessee History. original, owned by the Tennessee state Museum, nashville.

a large crowd attended the october 17 opening reception of Bagels & Barbeque: The Jewish Experience in Tennessee exhibition. The exhibit highlighted a number of families and stories from across the state, with a local component added by eThs focusing more specifically on the Jewish communities across east Tennessee.

Bagels & Barbeque: The Jewish Experience in Tennessee

Candace J. Adelson, Ph. D., the exhibition’s project director, speaking during the opening.

Mel Sturm, a long-time East Tennessee businessman, points to relatives pictured on the “European Roots that Flourished” wall.

Henry Fribourg, an emeritus professor from the University of Tennessee, pictured beside his portrait from living on, a project that documented Holocaust survivors and U.S. Army liberators living in Tennessee.

Bagels & Barbeque was mounted by the Tennessee state Museum in collaboration with the Jewish federation of nashville and Middle Tennessee, Jewish federation of Greater chattanooga, Knoxville Jewish alliance, and Memphis Jewish federation, with participation of other Jewish communities from across the state. The statewide tour is sponsored in part by a grant from humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the national endowment for the humanities.
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Knoxville museum of Art transfers 23 paintings to ETHS
The east Tennessee historical society (eThs) announces a collaboration with the Knoxville Museum of art (KMa) that has resulted in the transfer of the Briscoe collection of 23 paintings from KMa to the historical society. The paintings were a gift to KMa from Briscoe’s widow, Deas Briscoe, now deceased, but whose grandchildren have approved the transfer. Knoxville native russell Briscoe drew upon his own memories, research, and handed-down stories to lend a nostalgic look at nineteenth and twentieth century Knoxville, depicting residents in clothing of the period as they go about their daily lives. subjects also include historic buildings and architecture, as well as noteworthy events, such as the arrival of the first train in Knoxville and the city’s 1899 “million dollar fire.” “The trustees and staff of the Knoxville Museum of art feel Corner of Gay and Clinch, 1896 (no. 1) (1970) strongly that this wonderful collection of paintings devoted to key moments in east Tennessee history should be together in one place, where the works will be easily accessible,” says KMa executive Director David Butler. “we are delighted that our board has enthusiastically endorsed this transfer from one organization to another within the public domain. we feel it is right and fitting that this precious historical legacy will be housed at the east Tennessee historical society. Knoxville cultural organizations are working together more closely than ever, and this is just one example of the many ways we are collaborating and cooperating.” in addition to the 23 KMa paintings, another 52 original works by russell Briscoe remain in private hands. The east Tennessee historical society recently brought together the entire collection of images for an exhibition titled Russell Briscoe: Images of Home and Heritage, described by eThs executive Director cherel henderson as “one of our most popular feature exhibitions ever.” The guest curator for the exhibition was edward s. “Bud” albers, Jr., who for five years researched and networked to locate the entire 75 paintings of the Knoxville artist. he then had the originals scanned and digitized. These copies are preserved by the east Tennessee historical society, with prints available for purchase. Visitors are invited to drop by the east Tennessee history center to see the 23 paintings now on display in the calvin M. Mcclung historical collection of the Knox county Public library. The display is presented courtesy of home federal Bank of Tennessee. in acknowledging the gift, eThs Director cherel henderson praised the generosity and foresight of KMa in making the transfer. Asylum General Hospital (1963). “we appreciate the leadership of David Butler and KMa Board chair Greg hall in making this possible. KMa and eThs already partner in educational endeavors and loaning of artifacts and are discussing possible exhibition collaborations. David is right. The spirit of cooperation in Knoxville’s cultural community makes each of us stronger and increases our collective impact in making Knoxville a better place to live, learn, and visit.”

American Enka and the Modern Labor Movement in East Tennessee

in March 1950, workers at the american enka plant in lowland, hamblen county, walked out on strike. Before long, enka advertised for replacement workers, and tension built as people from local and surrounding communities who needed jobs appeared at the enka gates to apply for positions held by the striking workers. angry confrontations turned violent, and Tennessee Governor Gordon Browning sent in national Guard troops in an attempt to quell the disturbance. The strike captured national attention and became the subject of on-site congressional hearings held in Morristown and led by senator hubert humphrey for the Democratic majority. an exhibit at the Museum of east Tennessee history, titled American Enka and the Modern Labor Movement in East Tennessee, March 14 - May 15, will examine the impact of the strike on the rural lowland community and on the men and women who participated, as well as in the context of the cio’s postwar operation Dixie’s drive to unionize the largely anti-union south. Jennifer Brooks, Ph.D., a professor of history at auburn university and who has done extensive research and oral interviews on the subject is the guest scholar for the exhibition. The exhibit is funded in part by a grant from humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the national endowment for the humanities.

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Best article in 2009 Journal of east Tennessee history

Slater article chosen for mcClung Award
eThs is pleased to announce that robert Glenn slater’s article, “a Distinctive Minority: The Black leaders of Blount county, Tennessee during reconstruction,” has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Mcclung award for the best essay in The Journal of East Tennessee History, Volume 81. a doctoral student at the university of Tennessee, slater has taken a chapter in Blount county’s history and illuminated it with details of black leadership and community during reconstruction. his study focuses on the contributions of nine specific black leaders of the post-civil war era to the political, social, and educational landscape of Blount county. one prominent leader, william B. scott, sr., served as mayor of Maryville, started the state’s first black newspaper, the Colored Tennessean, was active in the Maryville union league, and helped establish the freedmen’s normal institute in Maryville, and is identified by the author as the most significant of the black leaders in reconstruction-era Blount county. Journal editor Dr. aaron D. Purcell, in announcing the award, describes slater’s article as “incorporating a variety of primary and secondary sources to reveal a largely forgotten period in Tennessee’s history, which makes it an excellent selection for the 2009 Mcclung award.” The Mcclung award has been presented annually since the Journal was first published in 1929 and is named in memory of calvin Morgan and Barbara adair Mcclung, founders of a notable collection of Tennessee and southern history, known as the Mcclung historical collection, part of the Knox county Public library and housed at the east Tennessee history center. The winning essay is chosen by the editor and editorial advisory board, based on originality, scholarship, power of interpretation, clarity of expression, logical arrangement, and writing style.

Dorothy “Cookie” Huff Bowling – camera owned by Jack huff and used by him to take photographs in the smokies, 1950s, sevier county. City of Knoxville – plaque dedicated to cal Johnson (found during Transit center construction), 1922, Knox county. Richard Fonde – vintage medicine and dairy bottles, Knox Pulverized fertilizer metal sign, regional postcards, assorted other business items. Knox Heritage – pediment and brackets from humes house, 1850s, Knox county. Michael Madden – early 20th century Knoxville beverage bottles, Knox county. Laura Norris – camp Poland souvenir button, 1898, Knox county. Carolyn Price – yarn winder presumed to be from Brookside Mills, 19th century, Knox county. Transfers: Knoxville Museum of Art – 23 russell Briscoe paintings, 1950s-1970s, Knox county.

New to Collection

Purchases: J.f. horne & Bros. liquor jug, Grindstaff jar, hope silver spoons. funded by the frank and Virginia rogers foundation. The eThs museum collection recently added a folk art watercolor-and-pencil portrait of a young boy holding a toy horn, with a dog at his feet. a copper horn, which by oral tradition is the same as the one depicted, also came with the painting. The subject is Timothy chandler (1820-1888), who was the son of John chandler and grandson of revolutionary war veteran Timothy chandler, founder of sevierville and owner of the antebellum plantation wheatlands, in the Boyd’s creek area of sevier county. By 1850, under John’s direction, wheatlands had become one of the county’s largest farms. Timothy is buried in the Boyd’s creek Baptist church cemetery.

strategies, covering topics ranging from exploration through the current day. academic coordinator william e. hardy (on staff with eThs), university of Tennessee professor of history Dr. nancy schurr, and university of Kentucky education professor Dr. linda levstik will collaborate to provide the structure and content of the mini-institutes. Technology will also play a key role, as the project will feature instruction on and classroom implementation of a different tool for each of the project’s three years. Participants and teachers from across the region will also have the opportunity to interact with the project online via the official Enduring Visions website, set to include links to primary sources, lesson plans, podcasts, videos demonstrating new teaching techniques, as well as a blog, all moderated by eThs.for further information about the grant, the partners, and a calendar of events, please visit www. you can also contact lisa oakley directly at 865-215-8828 or

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Betty rose Barker, Knoxville colonel James G. Bogle, atlanta, Ga Marjorie h. Breeding, endicott, ny haywood s. harris, Knoxville helen McMillan rodgers, chattanooga
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In Memoriam


From the Grass Roots
∂ Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum—celebrate the launch of the civil war sesquicentennial at the abraham lincoln library and Museum. allM will commemorate lincoln’s assassination with an annual event entitled “now he Belongs to the ages” on april 15, 2011. a civil war symposium will follow on april 16, featuring speakers Dr. earl hess (lMu), Dr. Thomas Mackey (university of louisville), and Dr. Brian McKnight (university of Virginia, wise). for pricing and general information pertaining to these and future events, contact carol campbell at or by phone at (423) 869-6439. http:// | allM, lincoln Memorial university, 6965 cumberland Gap Parkway, harrogate, Tn 37752. ∂ Blount County Historical Museum—enjoy mountain crafts and music, open-fire cooking demonstrations, civil war battle re-enactments, and much more at the heritage festival and civil war encampment, as well as visit the new exhibit “sesquicentennial celebration of the civil war,” april 15, 16, 17 at the Blount county historical Museum, 1006 e. lamar alexander Pkwy., Maryville. admission is free. Presented by Blount county historical Museum, Blount county historic Trust, and cades cove Preservation association. ∂ Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge—fun and learning for the whole family are right around the corner at the children’s Museum of oak ridge. crafts, food, and fun will be offered as a way to learn about the different cultures of the world at the 2011 international festival, to be held on february 19. Visit the museum throughout the year to learn more about Knoxville, appalachia, and various other topics through the museum’s interactive exhibits. for pricing and general information, call (865) 4821074 or email cMor, 461 west outer Drive, oak ridge, Tn 37830. ∂ East Tennessee State University—as part of the eTsu centennial celebration, alumni and guests are invited to share their eTsu experiences through the event “Partnerships, Promise, and hope for 100 years: The exhibition.” attendees are encouraged to bring vintage photographs to be scanned on-site. for series dates, please visit the calendars page at http:// on March 1, the Mary B. Martin school of the arts presents Southern Stories, three short films by filmmakers Paul harrill and ashley Maynor. films include the award-winning documentary For Memories’ Sake. The event is free and open to the public. for more about upcoming events, please visit | eTsu, P.o. Box 70267, Johnson city, Tn 37614. ∂ Fort Loudoun State Historic Area—history buffs are invited to experience Garrison weekend at fort loudoun. featuring costumed living history re-enactors, an 18th century infirmary, soldier’s barracks, commander’s quarters, a blacksmith shop, and a cherokee encampment, Garrison weekend recreates the daily lives of the men, women, and children who once inhabited fort loudoun. for additional information, call (423) 884-6217 or email, or see for a printable brochure featuring the 2011 Garrison weekend schedule. fort loudoun road, Vonore, Tn 37885. ∂ Knoxville Museum of Art—upcoming temporary exhibits include Peter Sarkisian Video Works, 1996-2008 (february 11 – april 24, 2011); Xiaoze Xie Amplified Moments (March 11 – May 15, 2011). There is no charge for admission. for further information pertaining to these or future exhibits, call (865) 525-6101 or email KMa, 1050 world’s fair Park, Knoxville, Tn 37916-1653. ∂ Main Street Dandridge—a self-guided walking tour will reveal the charm and history of this small town. learn more about historic buildings and landmarks and visit the antebellum courthouse where David crockett and Polly finley obtained their license to wed in 1806. for additional information on this event and other activities, call Tina Morrow at (865) 397-7420, ext. 17, or email http://www. MsD, P.o. Box 1382, Dandridge, Tn 37725.

∂ Frank H. McClung Museum—exhibits currently on display at the frank h. Mcclung Museum include Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice, Archaeology & Native Peoples of Tennessee, Decorative Experience, Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee, Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestors, The Battle of Fort Sanders, and Tennessee Freshwater Mussels. There is no charge for admission. for additional information, call (865) 974-2144 or email http://mcclungmuseum.utk. edu. MM, university of Tennessee, 1327 circle Park Drive, Knoxville, Tn 37996-3200. ∂ Historic Rugby Village—celebrate spring on March 12 when historic rugby re-opens from its winter closure. “rugby quilts--Past and Present,” april 8-9, will honor and preserve the art and heritage of quilting, past and present. quilt vendors, appraisals, a bed turning, and a showing of “how to Make the american quilt” are event highlights. scrumptious British and appalachian foods are available at the harrow road café. historic rugby, toll free 888-214-3400. email: hr, 5517 rugby hwy., rugby, Tn 37733. ∂ Sequoyah Birthplace Museum—children are invited to learn and experience cherokee language, culture, dance and music, games, and history at cherokee heritage Day. The event, to be held on april 28, 2011, will cost $3 per child and is a great event for school groups. in addition, exhibits tracing 8,000 years of cherokee habitation in the little Tennessee Valley are open to the public for a nominal fee. for more information pertaining to this and other events, call (423) 884-6246 or email seqmus@ sBM, P.o. Box 69, 576 highway 360, Vonore, Tn 37885. ∂ The Civil War: The Battle of Blountville (Sullivan County)—historical discussions, stories, re-enactments, period music, settlers, vendors, and historic events, plus the commemoration of the Battle of Blountville will mark the June 24-26 weekend event in this historic town. The event is sponsored by the sons of the confederate Veterans and the sullivan county Department of archives and Tourism and is geared toward preserving the story of Tennessee’s civil war and its legacy. or ∂ The Sevier Family Association—The sevier family extends an invitation to all family members to attend the July 14-17 reunion to be held in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Tours, a bus trip to roan Mountain where the overmountain men spent their first night on the march to Kings Mountain, two sevier homes, the grave of Valentine sevier, and an evening at sycamore shoals to view the outdoor drama Liberty, set in the watauga settlement during the revolutionary war. for reunion information, contact linda Polland, P. o. Box 765, Jonesborough, Tn 37659. positivists@aol. com; 423-753-9882. for information on The sevier family association, contact Darla windle wilson, 8116 alexandria Dr., amarillo, TX 79118. ∂ Tipton Family Association of America—Tipton descendants are invited to gather on october 9, 2011, for a day of family meetings and tours. The day will begin with a Tipton-related history and genealogy discussion at 9:30 a.m. at the carter county library in elizabethton, Tennessee, followed by a tour at the sycamore shoals state historic Park on the watauga river, rendezvous site for the overmountain Men as they gathered to march to their famous battle at Kings Mountain. for information about activities and/or lodging, contact John Parrish at for additional information.

A quarterly newsletter of the East Tennessee Historical Society 601 S. Gay Street • P.O. Box 1629 • Knoxville, Tennessee 37901 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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Mr. and Mrs. Pete claussen Dr. George K. schweitzer

President’s Circle ($5,000+)

Mr. and Mrs. stephen w. Bailey in honor of natalie haslam russell Byrd cornerstone foundation of Knoxville Mr. and Mrs. arthur G. seymour Jr.

Founders Circle ($2,500-$4,999)

Mr. and Mrs. James s. M. french Marvin house imogene King and richard roberts Mr. and Mrs. henry w. Mcilwaine, Jr. Ginny rogers richard l. rose wanda sobieski Jerome G. Taylor Joe Ben and robin Turner Mr. and Mrs. Jack e. williams susan and Dick williams

Grand Benefactor Circle ($1,000-$2,499)

Diane Bohannon Deborah and Mark Brezina Mr. and Mrs. Parke l. Brown, Jr. Jerry and linda Burke Dr. and Mrs. Philip D. campbell George P. chandler Mr. and Mrs. Dale a. Dyslin Mr. and Mrs. w. James ellis Dr. and Mrs. P. Bailey francis Mr. and Mrs. eugene J. Grant Mr. and Mrs. Dennis hayward cherel B. henderson David c. huffman Mr. and Mrs. f. clark huffman Mr. and Mrs. richard w. ince Mr. and Mrs. howard Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kilpatrick Dr. and Mrs. M. Douglas leahy Mr. and Mrs. Don w. lynch rudy and carol McBee Guerry Mcconnell Joe and sheila Mccracken w. lanny Mcnabb Gloria K. nelson randall h. north rebecca Phillips-Parker Mr. and Mrs. Gaines s. Pittenger Mr. and Mrs. robert Pitts elizabeth l. rochelle John r. and sarah l. schoon ernest l. shipe, Jr.

To Founder

Mr. and Mrs. arthur G. seymour, Jr.

To Grand Benefactor
Marvin house richard l. rose

To Benefactor To Patron

Mr. and Mrs. w. Dwight Kessel Joe and Becky swann Mrs. robert h. Dempster, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Joe DiPietro Jim and Karen everett Dr. and Mrs. william Gardner M. r. hampton charlotte white Kirkland Thomas r. roddy h. Blair and rosemary Trimble colonel and Mrs. Jerry a. wiseman

To Sustainer

Other Annual Giving Contributions

lisa Belleman Pauline r. crader colonel Burgin e. Dossett, Jr. Jeannie h. Dulaney william e. hardy

Mr. and Mrs. Dale a. Dyslin David c. huffman Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kilpatrick Guerry Mcconnell w. lanny Mcnabb Knoxville civil war roundtable M. allen Parsons, Jr.

To Contributor


Volume 26, No. 3 - 4, Fall & Winter 2010

Internet Genealogy Classes at the East Tennessee History Center
The classes are free and open to the public and are presented by the east Tennessee historical society, the Mcclung historical collection, and the Knox county archives. class size is limited, and Pre-reGisTraTion is requireD for most classes, unless otherwise noted. To register, call laura at 865-215-8809. The instructors for the various classes are Dr. George K. schwetizer, PhD, scD.; steve cotham, , Ma, Mls, Manager, Mcclung collection, Knox county Public library; Doris Martinson, Mls, ca, head, Knox county archives, and eric head, Ba, Knox county archives, and ann Blomquist, Med. Sat, Mar 12, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the 7 major surname sites. Pre-registration begins february 28. Sat, Sep 24, 11am-12. 1-2pm: GENEALOGICAL RECORD SOFTWARE. selection and use of genealogical software for recording and managing your genealogical information. comparisons of various programs. Pre-registration begins sept. 12. Sat, Oct 01, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the 7 major surname sites. Pre-registration required; begins september 19.

Sat, Apr 02, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERMEDIATE INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to locate genealogical books, periodicals, manuscripts, microfilms, queries, and guides. Pre-registration begins March 21. Sat, Apr 09, 1:15-4:15pm: BEGINNING GENEALOGY. how to begin your family search using family, governmental, library, and electronic resources. Pre-registration required; begins March 28. limited to 22 participants. Pre-registration begins March 28.

Sat, Mar 19, 11am-12, 1-3pm: JUMP START YOUR GENEALOGY IN 19 MINUTES. Three classes at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. each class limited to six; pre-registration is required. class is only for those who do not know where to begin. registration opens Mar 7. BrinG naMes & BirTh DaTes of ParenTs anD GranDParenTs To MeeTinG. not open to experienced genealogists.

Sat, Oct 22, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERMEDIATE INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to locate genealogical books, periodicals, manuscripts, microfilms, queries, and guides. Pre-registration begins october 8.

Sat, Oct 08, 1:15-4:15pm: BEGINNING GENEALOGY. how to begin your family search using family, governmental, library, and electronic resources. Pre-registration required; begins september 26.

Sat, May 21, 11am-12, 1-2pm: ADVANCED INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore 26 secondary genealogy sites which have specialized importance. Preregistration begins May 9. Sat, Jun 11, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the seven major surname sites. Pre-registration begins May 30.

Sat, May 14, 10am-12: THE McCLUNG GENEALOGICAL COLLECTION. The book, microfilm, manuscript, and internet facilities of the Mcclung historical collection. how to use them to advance your genealogical research. no reserVaTion requireD.

Saturday, April 30, 11am-12pm, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the 7 major surname sites. Pre-registration begins april 18.

Sat, Nov 12, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the 7 major surname sites. Pre-registration begins oct. 31.

Sat, Oct 29, 10am-12: USING COUNTY RECORDS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH. how to use county records (births, civil court, criminal court, deaths, deeds, divorces, probate, tax, wills) for investigating ancestors. examples from the extensive resources of the Knox county archives will be shown. no reserVaTion requireD.

Sat, Dec 03, 11am-12, 1-2pm: ADVANCED INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore 26 secondary genealogy sites which have specialized importance. Preregistration begins november 21. Sat, Dec 10, 1:15pm - 4:15pm: INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY. advanced techniques in genealogical research, with special attention to primary sources. Pre-registration begins november 28.

Conferences of Interest

Sat, Jun 18, 1:15pm - 4:15pm: INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY. advanced techniques in genealogical research; special attention to primary sources Pre-registration required; begins June 6.

Tennessee Association of museums
Go Tell it on the Mountain! is the theme of the 2011 TaM conference to be held March 23-25 in Johnson city. Museum and historic site staff and volunteers can choose from a variety of informative speakers and interesting topics to help improve their skills and gain expertise. attendees can also choose from special luncheons and also from several historic sites and museums, among them rocky Mount living history Museum, Tiptonhaynes state historic site, and the Gray fossil site. for information, see and click conference “annual conference.”

Sat, Jul 09, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERMEDIATE INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to locate genealogical books, periodicals, manuscripts. Pre-registration begins June 27. Sat, Jul 23, 1:15-4:15pm: BEGINNING GENEALOGY. how to begin your family search using family, governmental, library, and electronic resources. Pre-registration begins July 11.

Sat, Sep 10, 11am-12, 1-2pm: CIVIL WAR GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET. finding your civil war ancestor, service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries. Pre-registration begins august 29.

Sat, Aug 20, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERMEDIATE INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to locate genealogical books, periodicals. Pre-registration begins aug 8.

Sat, Jul 30, 11am-12, 1-2pm: INTERNET GENEALOGY. students use an individual computer to explore the seven major surname sites. Pre-registration; begins July 18.

National Genealogical Society

enjoy a wealth of genealogy speakers, topics, and special events, all while exploring charming and historic charleston.

2011 Family History Conference “Where the Past is Still Present” charleston, south carolina • May 11-14, 2011

Volume 26, No. 3 - 4, Fall & Winter 2010



Volume 25, No. 3 & 4, Winter 2009

Welcome New members
Affiliate: overton county historical society, livingston Founder: russell Byrd, Knoxville

Corporate Partnership—President’s Level: scripps networks, Knoxville

Patron: Mary fanslow, Kingsport; Brigadier General norman c. Gaddis, Durham, nc; Mr. and Mrs. alan rutenberg, Knoxville Sustainer: cynthia anderson Mcclain Pearman, Knoxville Contributor: Mr. and Mrs. Townsend collins, Knoxville; John and fran Dunn, seymour; Ginger equi, Knoxville; John P. huppmann, Knoxville; roy lee rose iii, crossville; carole c. wahler, Knoxville Teacher: Deborah M. oyler, Knoxville Student: Meghan essington, Knoxville; Jeanette hooperton, huntley, il Family: Gene Bayless, Knoxville; David Briest, Knoxville; Mr. and Mrs. T. G. carley, Knoxville; David and Mary ann carringer, Knoxville; Mr. and Mrs. Jim collins, eaton rapids, Mi; Glen and sandi Daugherty, Knoxville; Jeff DeMarcus, Maryville; James east, Knoxville; Paul fortunato, Knoxville; henry and claudia fribourg, Knoxville; Karen and robert Godwin, Knoxville; Kelly hodges, Knoxville; eric and Gloria holcomb, sharps chapel; Joe and amanda Jarret, Powell; Breese and Kathryn Johnson, Knoxville; Jeff and Kate Johnston, Knoxville; Dave Jones, seymour; leanne and Brant Kersey, Knoxville; Molly and stephen levy, Knoxville; Tommy and Terry lewis, Kingston; Detlef Matt, Maynardville; Doug McDaniel, Knoxville; Michael V. Miller, Maryville; Ken Mills, Knoxville; Tom Minter, Knoxville; Michael and Giannine Morris, Knoxville; David n. Morrow, alcoa; stanley and Becky Moses, lenoir city; Donald ray Murphy, sr., Toledo, oh; stephen natelson MD, Knoxville; commissioner Tony norman, Knoxville; Dr. wesley and lynn Patton, Maryville; Greg Phipps, Powell; frank P. Powell, signal Mountain; nancy carver russell, Glendale, aZ; Mary linda and arnold schwarzbart, Knoxville; Mr. and Mrs. steven s. sherlin, athens; richard r. shoun, clinton;

christy and chelsea smith, Knoxville; Terry and susan wagner, Maryville; Michael Thompson waldrop, Knoxville; april and steve wegner, Maryville; Maranda wilder, Knoxville; steven and rosalind wood, alcoa; Philip M. Zaretzki, Knoxville Individual: Dois Ball, Kingsport; william Bender, avon, cT; Patty l. Brennan, Beaverton, or; Marilyn e. Brown, Knoxville; lillie D. Brown, idaho falls, iD; ann carrington, fort lupton, co; susan claman, Des Moines, ia; Margaret clark, shelby, al; hollie B. cook, Knoxville; steven D. creasman, lexington, Ky; rebecca crittenden, Decatur, al; Marie Dallas, Knoxville; Jenny Dickson, louisville, Ky; Patricia h. epperson, Berea, oh; amy M. erickson, sun city west, aZ; ronald franco, Knoxville; connie M. fry, clarksville, in; cynthia Garner, nancy, Ky; Gary Gerlach, Birmingham, al; James w. Grant, west Valley, uT; Marian Groover, clinton; Melvin Grubb, Johnson city; Joanne h. hardy, erwin; Debra l. harless, corryton; Peggy flynn harris, nashville; ann hines, oak ridge; carol hollenbeck, roseburg, or; Teresa horst, loudon; Mary ann huffstetter, louisville; Mary Jefferson, Juneau, aK; Jo ann hunter Kiley, sandy springs, Ga; Patricia l. layton, frankfort, Ky; Debbie lebo, fairfax, Va; Brenda s. lequire, Greenback; Traci loy, Knoxville; richard l. lucas, nicholasville, Ky; John copeland luedecke, colorado springs, co; Maureen l. MacDonald, langley, wa; Barbara c. Martin, Kingston; fern Martin, Mishawaka, in; Gerald Mattingly, Knoxville; Melissa Mccoy, Knoxville; Phillip Mcrary, Knoxville; cathy Bowden Moore, Knoxville; christine Mueller, albuquerque, nM; sarah nesnow, warwick, ri; capt. Paul r. Peck, Mclean, Va; scott l. Peeler Jr., Valrico, fl; hedley Grant Pelletier, Knoxville; fletcher e. reagan, Knoxville; clark J. reese, Vienna, wV; Judy rysdon, cary, nc; Karen scatamacchia, Memphis; Johnny r. shults, Dandridge; Thomas B. skaggs, Knoxville; stephanie l. slater, corryton; Karen s. smith, Jefferson city; Betty sterchi, Knoxville; Marcia P. swanson, atlanta, Ga; Patricia B. Tipton, louisville; Katrina e. Vargas, Marvyville; stacey wilson, Knoxville; annette V. worthy, Kingston; Jane rose yates, Madisonville

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

May 16-october 30 Tennessee Turned: Earthenware and Stoneware Made in East Tennessee, 1800-1900

In the Gallery

east Tennessee history center auditorium March 14-May 15 American Enka and the Modern Labor Movement in East Tennessee natalie l. haslam signature Gallery
Museum of east Tennessee history 601 s. Gay street, Knoxville Exhibits: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

rogers-claussen feature Gallery Through april 23 Roads I’ve Traveled: The Life’s Work of Jim Gray
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