Kingsport: Strike Up the Band

I know it’s still hot, but school has already started in this neck of the woods. Soon we will see the glow of Friday night lights and hear the cadence of the marching band entering the stadium. The newest exhibit from the Archives of the City of Kingsport celebrates 90 years of marching band history in the Kingsport area.

In 1926, S.T. “Fess” Witt formed a marching band for the newly constructed Dobyns-Bennett High School (DBHS) on Wateree and Oak Streets. Even though the new school was named for the town’s first mayor and the education board’s first chairman, it would proudly display the “K” on school uniforms for years to come.

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Genealogy: Searching with FamilySearch

Flora Ann Gillis is the sister of my great-great-grandfather John. Born in Nova Scotia, she is only two generations removed from my immigrant ancestor of origin. One night I was just doing my thing, trying to document more about John’s siblings, when I once again experienced a quirk familiar to genealogy search engines. I decided to document the entire process and share it with you. Continue reading

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Kingsport: Double Feature

Summer is a great time for blockbuster movies and trips to the drive-in. It’s also a good opportunity to look back at the movie theater history of Kingsport as well as the films projected on our town’s silver screens! Continue reading

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Genealogy: Getting it Out There

If you want to connect with others who are working on your family lines, you have to get your lines published to various social media and genealogy sites. I have had wonderful success posting my surnames and family history to my blog and to Pinterest, but it took years before relatives found me. My advice? Be patient. Continue reading

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Kingsport: Everyday History Again

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog about Grass Dale, the mansion centerpiece of what was once the Groseclose plantation in Kingsport. Several people posted comments and expressed interest in the home that they frequently drove past.

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Archives: The Little Archives on the Frontier

I love creating and hanging exhibits. It satisfies my former art teacher-self while challenging my current archivist-self. So, when the Exchange Place Living History Farm invited me to create the first archival exhibit for their new museum, I said “Let’s do this,” followed by, “Yikes!”

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Kingsport: Dinner at the Diner

This post is full of unabashed nostalgia and I will not apologize for it.

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Kingsport: Happy Birthday, Kingsport!

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the City Charter for modern Kingsport. Celebrations kick off with a party at the Farmer’s Market on March 2 at 3:30. But, we’ve started celebrating early at the archives with a new exhibit!

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Genealogy: Who are your neighbors?

Well, not your neighbors, but who were your ancestors’ neighbors? Searching neighboring households in the Canadian or US Census and nearby graves on the FindAGrave website are two ways to find your relatives’ relatives! Continue reading

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Field Trip: Immanuel Lutheran Church

Every once in a while, but not too often, you meet someone with whom you feel an immediate sense of respect, love, and connection. That’s what happened to me in October when I was photographing a cemetery in Sullivan County, Tennessee, for FindAGrave.

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