Kingsport Friends of the Archives

Kingsport Friends of the Archives Friends of the City of Kingsport Archives is a unique opportunity to take an active role in preserving your community’s history. Our support group invites you to visit the Archives, located on the lower level of the Kingsport Public Library.

HELP PRESERVE KINGSPORT’S PAST
By joining the Friends of the City of Kingsport Archives you have a unique opportunity to take an active role in preserving your community’s history. Our support group invites you to visit the Archives, located on the lower level of the Kingsport Public Library, meet the City Archivist, and learn how you can help further our mission.

Operating as usual

10/27/2021

Al Jones - the housewarming and unveiling of “LOUIS” the pug sculpture in your home was as magical an event as one could possibly hope for. Your beautiful new home was filled wall to wall with guests who loved and respected you and wanted to be a part of what they knew would be an upbeat celebration of life. You made it every bit of that and more. Tony & I were thrilled when you commissioned us to fulfill a wish your loving partner Marc Byrd had many years ago to create a pug. Louis, we’ve captured your likeness and your spirit and you will now live on forever.

Timeline Photos
08/10/2021

Timeline Photos

We were proud to be part of the #Juneteenth celebration in Kingsport, Tenn. Our own Karen Ellison presented a gift to Jack Pierce, one of the first Black leaders at our Tennessee manufacturing site. Our Ronnie Collins is a historian and talked about life before and after emancipation.

07/27/2021

The Winners of the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2021!

07/22/2021

It has been brought to my attention that there are two locations in the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2021 that are really stumping people. Here are hints for those-
#4 is on East Sullivan Street (the only way you will see it is if you are coming towards Church Circle from East Center Street and it really blends in to the building
#8 is on East Sullivan Street, think doorway

Don't forget that the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt is going on! We have some awesome businesses that are...
07/21/2021
Rediscover Kingsport Fun Fest Scavenger Hunt, July 16-24, 2021

Don't forget that the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt is going on! We have some awesome businesses that are sponsoring some fantastic prizes!
Explore Downtown Kingsport to identify the locations of the 20 images provided. The name of the building, current business, or a street address will be accepted. Return entry forms to the Kingsport Public Library (400 Broad Street), the Fun Fest Office (400 Clinchfield Street), or click on the link below to enter online. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on July 24, 2021. Entries with the most correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. https://forms.gle/uimwTHugfoyo1kbE8
If you have any questions or need a hint call 423-224-2559 or email [email protected]

Explore Downtown Kingsport to identify the locations of the 20 images provided. The name of the building, current business, or a street address will be accepted. Return entry forms to the Kingsport Public Library (400 Broad Street), the Fun Fest Office (400 Clinchfield Street), or scan the QR Code b...

Exhibit Extra 5: Black in Appalachia Kingsport Exhibit
06/16/2021
Exhibit Extra 5: Black in Appalachia Kingsport Exhibit

Exhibit Extra 5: Black in Appalachia Kingsport Exhibit

In this episode of Exhibit Extras, we talk with Black in Appalachia director William Isom II and Kingsport City Archivist Brianne Wright about the travelling...

Check out the new historical markers in downtown Kingsport that are a part of “Tennessee Music Pathways”, an initiative ...
06/10/2021
Watch now: New ‘Tennessee Music Pathways’ markers honor Kingsport’s musical icons

Check out the new historical markers in downtown Kingsport that are a part of “Tennessee Music Pathways”, an initiative of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. https://www.timesnews.net/living/arts-entertainment/watch-now-new-tennessee-music-pathways-markers-honor-kingsport-s-musical-icons/article_3f55060e-c950-11eb-ab85-035d04c9f4de.html

From the largest cities to the smallest communities, Tennessee Music Pathways stretches across all 95 counties and features hundreds of landmarks from the seven genres of music that call Tennessee

New historical marker commemorates Black school in Scott County
02/21/2021
New historical marker commemorates Black school in Scott County

New historical marker commemorates Black school in Scott County

Prospect Elementary School has just received a new historical marker along one of Scott County's main highways to commemorates the former African-American school's more than 100-year history.

Calvin is a true Kingsport hero!
02/14/2021
Black History Month community profile: Calvin Sneed

Calvin is a true Kingsport hero!

Calvin Sneed grew up in the Riverview neighborhood, moved away after college and had a 50 year career in television broadcasting. However, he has long held strong ties to Kingsport,

February is Black History Month! The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced th...
02/01/2021

February is Black History Month! The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for this year is The Black Family. Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth, we will be sharing a variety of archival photos from Kingsport's Black Community. Here is our first featured photo for the month. If anyone can identify the children in the photo please let us know!

February is Black History Month! The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) announced the theme for this year is The Black Family. Throughout #BlackHistoryMonth, we will be sharing a variety of archival photos from Kingsport's Black Community. Here is our first featured photo for the month. If anyone can identify the children in the photo please let us know!

Check out Highland Monument Conservation page!
12/31/2020

Check out Highland Monument Conservation page!

🎼🎼It's the most wonderful time of the year!🎼🎼
12/04/2020

🎼🎼It's the most wonderful time of the year!🎼🎼

► It's That Time of Year :) Kingsport Christmas

Fascinating history!
11/24/2020

Fascinating history!

A great loss to our city.
10/31/2020
Pal Barger dies - Kingsport Times-News, 10/30/2020

A great loss to our city.

Kingsport icon Pal Barger is shown with his late wife Sharon in his favorite photo. Below left Barger works at Skoby’s Restaurant. Below right Barger sits in his 1930 Model A with his dog Skoby as he prepared to celebrate his 90th birthday in August

Pal Barger, founder of Pal’s Sudden Service, dies at 90
10/30/2020
Pal Barger, founder of Pal’s Sudden Service, dies at 90

Pal Barger, founder of Pal’s Sudden Service, dies at 90

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Pal Barger, the founder of Pal’s Sudden Service, has died at the age of 90. A spokesperson for Pal’s Sudden Service confirmed that Barger died Thursday afterno…

Starting Friday August 28A new exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at the Renaissance Center......“Black in Appalachia”An i...
08/24/2020

Starting Friday August 28
A new exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at the Renaissance Center......
“Black in Appalachia”
An initiative of East Tennessee PBS explores the roots of African-American influence on history and culture of Appalachia through documentaries, research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition.
This project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of Black communities of the Mountain South.
#blackinappalachia #thisiskingsport

Starting Friday August 28
A new exhibition in the Atrium Gallery at the Renaissance Center......
“Black in Appalachia”
An initiative of East Tennessee PBS explores the roots of African-American influence on history and culture of Appalachia through documentaries, research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition.
This project aims to raise the visibility and contributions of Black communities of the Mountain South.
#blackinappalachia #thisiskingsport

Celebrity in our midst!
08/23/2020

Celebrity in our midst!

More on Pal Barger!!
08/23/2020
90 things about Pal Barger - Kingsport Times-News, 8/23/2020

More on Pal Barger!!

Clockwise from top, standing among the sunflowers are Pal and the love of his life, Sharon Kimes Barger, during one of their many adventures. Sharon passed away two years ago this week. Pal poses in the ‘barber shop’ at Skoby’s World in the mid-1970s. Pal at a very young age. Pal in his Air Fo...

Happy 90th Birthday to Pal, a true Kingsport icon!
08/23/2020
Everybody’s favorite Pal - Kingsport Times-News, 8/23/2020

Happy 90th Birthday to Pal, a true Kingsport icon!

Pal Barger celebrates his 90th birthday today. Times News reporter J.H. Osborne had the pleasure of sitting down with Pal, seen here in his 1930 Model A with his dog Skoby, to talk about this milestone.

Check out our display!
08/22/2020
Black in Appalachia

Check out our display!

"One result of this project has been a series of carefully curated mobile Black history displays for use in public spaces. The exhibit will be on display at the Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery beginning Friday, August 28 through November 21. The Renaissance Center is located at 1200 E. Center Street, and the Atrium Gallery is located on the second floor." Kingsport Friends of the Archives / Archives of the City of Kingsport
https://www.kingsporttn.gov/black-in-appalachia/

08/08/2020
Archives of the City of Kingsport

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Congratulations to the winners of the Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt and thank you to the Friends of the Archives of the City of Kingsport for donating the prizes this year! The winners are Ginny Hamilton ($25 gift card to Sister's Cravings), Leah Johnson ($25 gift card to Aldi), Jenny Fain ($25 gift card to Jersey Mike's), Shelby Light ($25 gift card to O'Charley's), Steve Kwiecien ($25 gift card to Lowe's), Debbie Watkins, Kyndra Jones, Bridgette Johnson, and Pam Repass ($10 Pal's bucks), CJ Hamilton, Mitchell Drinnon, Mark Franklin, Riley Roberts, Abby Kwiecien, Richard Heppert, and Mike Repass ($5 Pal's bucks). You can pick up your prizes starting Saturday at the Kingsport Public Library circulation desk.

Fun for the entire family!
07/22/2020
Archives of the City of Kingsport

Fun for the entire family!

Looking for a fun, family friendly activity where you can still practice social distancing? How about the " Un Fest" 2020 Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt? All submissions must be made online this year and are due by 11:59 pm on July 31. Entries with the most correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for prizes. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVuPg9tBjJ570yI-vE47HlZIpRFzugcUKoy3yxFb01fHl-bg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3pGO98084zxXV45PvOxpgNkpLWu8PuhoXRkkjqJiy4orvYfNYbqYyk2LM

Look up! Look down! Look all around! Explore Downtown Kingsport to identify the locations of the 12 images provided. The...
07/22/2020
Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt "Un Fest" 2020

Look up! Look down! Look all around!
Explore Downtown Kingsport to identify the locations of the 12 images provided. The name of the building, current business, or a street address will be accepted. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on July 31, 2020. Entries with the most correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for prizes://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVuPg9tBjJ570yI-vE47HlZIpRFzugcUKoy3yxFb01fHl-bg/viewform

Explore Downtown Kingsport to identify the locations of the 12 images provided. The name of the building, current business, or a street address will be accepted. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm on July 31, 2020. Entries with the most correct answers will be entered into a random drawing for pri...

A big hit for Kingsport!
06/25/2020
‘A lot of big fun’ - Kingsport Times-News, 6/22/2020

A big hit for Kingsport!

When it opens, Kingsport’s Miracle League Field will be the only one between Chattanooga and Roanoke, Virginia. The field is a special type of synthetic, skidresistant, rubberized turf made by Surface America that is manufactured as one piece to prevent bumps and seams. The dugouts are wheelchair-...

Kingsport has lost a true jewel.
05/31/2020
There will never be another Roy H. Odom II - Kingsport Times-News, 5/31/2020

Kingsport has lost a true jewel.

There’s no short way to describe the gift that was friendship with Roy H. Odom II. My best try: Roy was a joy. And that reminds me of a favorite epitaph: “Joy he brought, Joy he has found.” The fact that an epitaph is a timely mention brought a sadness to many across the Model City on Friday, ...

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