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.
The photographs used in the “Come on in, the water’s fine!” exhibit come from 13 different collections within the Archives.
The idea for the exhibit came to me a few weeks ago when I happened upon a photograph taken the day Legion Pool was dedicated. Such a sad loss for our town when that pool was closed. The City Archivist and I often talk about the events hosted at the pool and the stories and memories patrons share about the pool. So, this exhibit is my way of paying tribute to how a community’s swimming and recreation centers can unite its citizens and create common memories among its young people.
Below are some of my favorite images from the exhibit.
Children enjoying the free swim event at Legion Pool during FunFest, 1990. The Archives has a great collection of FunFest negatives taken by Times-News photographers. I used several really colorful images in the exhibit.
Young campers at American Legion Camp Hammond, c1923. The central item on display in each case is a page from the Leroy Sprankle scrapbook that I digitized a while back. Sprankle used to take his sport teams to the camp, located between the Holston River and Kendricks Creek in the Pactolus area of town. The entire photo album is so packed full of gems, it is one of my favorite things in the archives.
“The Water’s fine exhibit” will be on display through September 2016. Bring a friend and enjoy it for yourself. Sunscreen optional.
Feature image: Children swimming at Legion Pool from the Times-News FunFest Negatives.