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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Kingsport: Wintertime is here!

Colder temperatures have inspired the new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library. We searched family albums, photograph collections, and organizational files for snowy scenes and wintery themes.

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Kingsport: Update on History

In 1971, the Sullivan County Historical Commission began an extensive survey of existing historical buildings throughout the county. Members interviewed residents, photographed properties, and researched courthouse documents. Their deadline? The American Bicentennial.

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Genealogy: Remember to say “Thank you”

On September 1, this year, I was researching a Carrier relative on Ancestry.com. I did something I rarely do, I added “Family Trees” and “Photos & Maps” to my search. I found this picture.

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Kingsport: Make Your Vote Count

A presidential election is just around the corner and it has me thinking about the ways Kingsporters have participated in politics and helped shape the area’s political history. That thinking and research has lead to a new archival exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library. Continue reading

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Kingsport: And The Trophy Goes To

Recently the Archives of the City of Kingsport acquired two trophies from the Kingsport Theatre Guild that are making the most entertaining and informative addition to the collection. I have posted a guest blog about it on the Archives’ blog. Continue reading

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