Kingsport: Conserving the Sprankle Scrapbooks

Leroy Sprankle (1894-1972) was an important figure in the  City of Kingsport ‘s high school athletics and education history. The Archives of the City of Kingsport is fortunate to have a large collection of Sprankle’s scrapbooks, which include correspondence, photographs, clippings, and memorabilia.

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Kingsport: Gaines-Anderson House

This post includes updated information as of April 9, 2014.
Ambrose Gaines (1763-1840) was a nephew of James and Thomas Gaines, land agents for Edmund Pendleton. In the 1790s, they sold their nephew 273 acres of the Pendleton Land Grant of 1750. Continue reading

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Field Trip: Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

It’s finally spring! I decided to celebrate with a field trip to the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee. My last visit there was about 14 years ago. Since then they have doubled the size of their visitor’s center by adding a very up-to-date museum. It was really worth the second trip! Continue reading

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Genealogy: Women’s History

For this post I was inspired by two things, Women’s History Month and a blog post by archivist Melissa Mannon. I asked myself, what have I done lately to remember the histories of the women in my line who have gone before me? Continue reading

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Kingsport: Painting the Town

Before neon, there was PAINT! Beautiful, expressive paint. Kingsport merchants once announced their locations and advertised their wares by painting this information on the brick facades of downtown buildings. Continue reading

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Genealogy: Scanning and Sharing

I have blogged before about sharing ancestral photos on Today, I am writing about two other ways to share family photographs by using and Continue reading

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Genealogy: Scanning

It’s been weeks since I last blogged. I’ve been busy. During a recent extended visit at my parents’ house, I tackled a major photo preservation project. I went through about eight photo albums and scanned anything that was one-of-a-kind or damaged. The files created by the scans led to other tasks, such as labeling and organizing.

Eva, Alma, and Emelia Carrier, 1914.

Eva, Alma, and Emelia Carrier, 1914.

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Archives: Love Letters

Love letters can tell us so much about a person’s life: what obstacles they faced, what made them happy, and what made them sad. They are a window to the past and can illuminate so much about an ancestor’s story and relationships. Continue reading

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Kingsport: School Days

It’s a new semester and to celebrate that I have installed a new exhibit on the main floor of the Kingsport Public Library: classroom portraits from the 1950s through the 1970s. The archives is asking for your help to identify some of the teachers and students, too! Continue reading

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Genealogy: How will you be remembered? III

When you make something for a loved one with the intent that it become a keepsake, it is a good idea to provide some documentation with it. Quilters, for example, often write or stitch the creator’s name, the date the quilt was finished and/or given, the name of the recipient, and sometimes the occasion.
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