Kingsport: What’s in a Name?

To live in Kingsport is to live among the names of people who built this town into a thriving community. Everyday we walk through parks, drive over bridges, and enter buildings named for these people. The new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library puts faces behind those names. Continue reading

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Field Trip: Our 23rd President

In July, we spent a few days in Indianapolis, one of our favorite towns to visit. There is so much to do, there. But, this trip, we decided to dedicate our touring time to the Benjamin Harrison sites in town.

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Kingsport: Scavenger Hunt 2015

It’s FunFest time here in Kingsport, Tennessee! Time for all you history sleuths to pick up a form for the Archives of the City of Kingsport’s Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt! Continue reading

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Kingsport: One Family’s Memories

Can we learn about history just by viewing one family’s photo albums? Before I stumbled upon the Clifford Family Scrapbooks in the Archives of the City of Kingsport, I would have said, “No.” I have learned so much from studying and scanning this album that, now, I’m a believer! Continue reading

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Kingsport: Death Comes to Broad Street

And by death, I don’t mean murder, mind you, but I do refer to a sad passing just the same. The loss of 1920s-era painted brick advertising.

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Acorn Department Store 1928-c1933. Cincinnati Bargain 1922-c1933.

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Blogiversary: The Toddler Years

I’ve been a blogger for three years, today!  At three years old, I’m constantly exploring, a bit of a show off, and occasionally unpredictable. Hopefully, my explorations and adventures have at least been entertaining for you, if not educational.

Here’s a look back at a few highlights from my blog’s third year. Think of them as ruler notches on the kitchen doorframe.

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Genealogy: Putting it all together

I wrote about my maternal great-grandmother back here, but I’ve been thinking it was time to put something down on paper about my great-grandfather. I’ve been collecting links and scanning documents and photographs for a year or two to prepare for this effort. Continue reading

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Kingsport: How Does Your Garden Grow?

There’s a new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library that showcases the many garden club collections under the Kingsport Archives’ stewardship. There are 10 unique clubs who have donated their records and scrapbooks to the archives.  Continue reading

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Archives: Etched in Stone

I was not sure how to categorize today’s post. Genealogy? Field Trip? I just wanted to share this marvelous family cemetery I came across on a recent outing and point out some of the clever things this family is doing to preserve their history. Continue reading

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Archives: Smithsonian Calling

Confession. After graduation, I applied and was turned down for not one but three Smithsonian Institution internships. Sometimes I still feel sad when I think about all the things that I could have learned there. But, now the Smithsonian has made it possible for me and for anyone to have an educational experience with their collections and to assist them in making those collections more accessible. Continue reading

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