Kingsport: Come on in, the water’s fine!

It’s summertime! Time for swimming pools and slip ‘n’ slides, trips to the lake and wading across creeks. The newest archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library is all about ways to cool off on hot summer days.

Bathing babies from the Red and V.L. Cloud scrapbooks c.1930s (Spoden collection KCMC 516)

Bathing babies from the Red and V.L. Cloud scrapbooks c.1930s (Spoden Collection KCMC 516)

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Genealogy: Independence Day

The pages of a 1918 letter were photographed for me by a cousin, which I mentioned back in this post, and I thought it would be fitting to transcribe the letter for my family and readers on this Fourth of July. My great uncle Ena Camille Carrier (1891-1960) served in World War I. Continue reading

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Archives: Conference Wrap-up

Saturday, 11 June 2016 Today, I got to witness some fine scholarship and a few really well-executed presentations. But, after two and a half days of conference/hotel food, it’s ok that things have come to an end. Continue reading

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Archives: Let the Conference Begin

Thursday night, 9 June 2016 The Mormon History Association Conference 2016: Practice started with a reception and entertainment by The Lower Lights, a 10-piece folk/gospel band that was outstanding. Continue reading

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Archives: Conference Adventure

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you might know that I’ve been researching missionary diaries for an article I’d like to write and that along the way to writing it, I am first presenting a paper on my initial findings to the Mormon History Association. The time has come. The conference is here! Continue reading

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Kingsport: American Red Cross

One day UPS delivered a box to the Kingsport Archives. Inside that box was a dress form.

form784That dress form allowed us to unpack this uniform from the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee Collection, KCMC 247, and we couldn’t be happier. Continue reading

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Kingsport: Press Clippings

From its founding in 1922 and for the next eighty years, the Kingsport Press was essential to the economic life of Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Genealogy: On the Job

I’ve been working on documenting my mother’s paternal line, lately. What is so great about using FamilySearch is that the more sources you attach to an ancestor’s page and the more vital information you include, the more the system works to make connections between your ancestor and available digitized records. Continue reading

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Genealogy: Illustrated Diaries

Wouldn’t it be great if the diary of an ancestor you were reading was illustrated? If the diary had photographs, maps, documents, and drawings inside, you could almost imagine you were in another country or era right alongside him! Thanks to the research I have been doing for an upcoming presentation, I think I have found a way that you could do this for yourself! Continue reading

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Kingsport: “E” is for Eastman

In this town, Eastman Chemical Company is affectionately known as The Big “E” or just “The Eastman.” The new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library celebrates the history of Eastman’s ninety-five years in Kingsport, Tennessee. Continue reading

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