When I was a girl, my grandma made this chunky applesauce that I really liked. I thought, “When I grow up, I will make chunky applesauce, too, and not that thin, grocery store stuff.” Grandma didn’t have a recipe written down, but the memory of the texture and taste have stayed with me. I now make chunky applesauce and my family loves it. My daughter will probably make it when she has her own home. Continue reading
Brianne and I recently set out on an Archiventure. We went to visit Joe Penza at the Elizabethton and Carter County Public Library where he has been improving their local history room and developing an archives. Joe is a fellow graduate of the archives program at ETSU and was the intern who did all of the initial work on the Muriel C. Spoden Collection. Since I completed the work on that collection, that sort of makes us the Spoden Bookends!
Quick! If you have photo albums in the attic, finish reading this post later and get those albums to a more stable environment, pronto! We have a new collection to process at the Kingsport Archives: The Altrusa Records. I’ve nicknamed it “The Sticky Collection.” Continue reading
When I first got started researching my own genealogy, I remember going to a Family History Center after hitting my first brick wall (which I now realize, looking back, was really only a pebble) and the librarian asking me if I had yet performed a simple surname search on the internet. I typed “Gillis” into a search engine and one of the hits was for the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia. Back then, their website had its own search box that allowed you to access what locations and surnames their members were researching. I typed in the name Gillis and Gillisdale for the location and found a Robert J. Gillis from Massachusetts who was researching the same line. Thus began the most rewarding correspondence of my life. Continue reading
Updated 5 November 2013: The Kingsport Archives has decided to remove the “Women at Work” collection from HistoryPin and instead install it as a board on Pinterest. The clarity of the photographs and the platform for viewing the collection is greatly improved and has made us very happy.
As promised, and in honor of American Archives Month, the Archives of the City of Kingsport has added a new collection to its HistoryPin channel called “Women at Work.” This project was really fun to research. There are 22 images so far of women working in their careers, in their homes, and in their community. The photographs range from as early as 1917 through 1972. I would say we are only half way to completion. Continue reading
While I am attending the Society of Tennessee Archivists Conference in Clarksville, TN, I thought I would blog about the class I taught on FamilySearch for the teenaged girls at church. I’m no expert, but I am really glad they asked me because, from this experience, I learned that if you know something about genealogy, then you have something you can teach to someone else. When you know more, you can share more. But, until you do, share what you know!
October is American Archives Month! At the Archives of the City of Kingsport, we have several activities going on, including four new exhibits to see, the Friends of the Archives Annual Meeting and Lecture on October 29, and big additions to our History Pin channel later this month. In the mean time, how about a free tour of the archives! Continue reading
The summer I turned ten years old, I broke my arm on the Fourth of July. My parents took me to the emergency room across town late at night. There was another patient close by, a burn victim, who had been brought in by two Los Angeles County paramedics. He was quickly whisked away for treatment and the two paramedics, instead of returning to their station, pulled back my curtain and asked if they could help. Continue reading
Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area hosted the 2013 anniversary celebration of the Overmountain Men muster, march, and victory at the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain. Heavy rains may have drowned out the sound of cannon and musket fire, but the volunteers, the re-enactors, and the park ranger did an outstanding job of informing visitors about the interesting history of the site. Following is a photo essay of my day in Elizabethton, Tennessee. (Click to enlarge any image that you want to examine more closely.)