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.

Let the fun begin!
03/24/2019
Times-News Online

Let the fun begin!

Kingsport school and city officials formally opened the new Castle Playground at Johnson Elementary School in a ribbon cutting Friday.

History all around Kingsport!
03/23/2019

History all around Kingsport!

Fannie Mae Barnes Dobbins was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to Barnie and Elizabeth Barnes. Married to V.O. Dobbins, former principal of Douglass School, she came to Kingsport in 1937. She worked for the Kingsport City School system for forty years. Mrs. Dobbins received her B.S. Degree from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee and her M.S. Degree from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State College. In Kingsport, she worked as a librarian, physical education teacher, and first and fourth grade teacher. Mrs. Dobbins was an active supporter of the community and was involved in a number of organizations. She was a member St. Mark United Methodist Church and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Clinch Mountain Lodge of the Elks, Retired Teachers Association, NAACP, Girl Scouts of America, and the Women's Service League. Fannie Mae Dobbins died in November 1997. #kingsportarchives #kingsporthistory #thisiskingsport #WomensHistoryMonth #womenofkingsport #WomensHistoryMonth2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport
03/17/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Selwa "Lucky" Showker Roosevelt, pictured in a 1946 photo from Dobyns-Bennett High School was born in Kingsport in 1929 to Salim and Najla Showker. She served as Chief of Protocol for the United States from 1982 to 1989 and was nominated to the rank of ambassador. Before working at the White House, she wrote freelance for The Washington Post and various magazines. The wife of Archibald B. Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson, Selwa was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Department of the Army, and given the Ripon Society’s Salute to Republican Women award. In 1990, Selwa Roosevelt published her autobiography, Keeper of the Gate. In 2012, she received a commendation from President Barack Obama for her government service. #kingsportarchives #kingsporthistory #thisiskingsport #WomensHistoryMonth #womenofkingsport

Wonderful history.
03/13/2019

Wonderful history.

Cora Cox came to Kingsport in 1943 at the request of Principal V.O. Dobbins with Douglass School. Her ability to teach and coach and her master’s degree in special education made her an extremely valuable educator, earning her the Tennessee Teacher of the Year award in 1977. Ms. Cox taught at Douglass until desegregation, she then spearheaded the Head Start program, taught at Robinson Middle, and at Johnson Elementary, where she created a program for autistic children. The Cora Cox Academy was dedicated in her honor in 2012. #kingsportarchives #kingsporthistory #thisiskingsport #WomensHistoryMonth #womenofkingsport

Archives of the City of Kingsport
03/12/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Cora Cox came to Kingsport in 1943 at the request of Principal V.O. Dobbins with Douglass School. Her ability to teach and coach and her master’s degree in special education made her an extremely valuable educator, earning her the Tennessee Teacher of the Year award in 1977. Ms. Cox taught at Douglass until desegregation, she then spearheaded the Head Start program, taught at Robinson Middle, and at Johnson Elementary, where she created a program for autistic children. The Cora Cox Academy was dedicated in her honor in 2012. #kingsportarchives #kingsporthistory #thisiskingsport #WomensHistoryMonth #womenofkingsport

Help the Archives!
02/19/2019

Help the Archives!

Help! Can you identify any of the teachers or students from these Jackson School photos that were taken in,1966?

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo
02/18/2019

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo

Kingsport Friends of the Archives
02/18/2019

Kingsport Friends of the Archives

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo
02/18/2019

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo

Kingsport Leadership Programs
02/15/2019

Kingsport Leadership Programs

Facilitated a board retreat for Friends of the Kingsport Archives today! What a passionate and fun group!

Need a board retreat or training for your staff or board? Let us help! #lkeducates

Contact [email protected]

Beautiful addition to Kingsport's artwork!
02/09/2019
Downtown Kingsport welcomes a new mural

Beautiful addition to Kingsport's artwork!

The “Silent Skies Mural Project” is a representation of an installation that opened in Vancouver, Canada, last August. That installation featured the original 678 portraits on 8-inch by 8-inch canvases, arranged in a 100-foot mural.

Archives of the City of Kingsport
02/06/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Be sure to check out today's issue of the Kingsport Times News. The Kingsport Spirit page features a special issue celebrating Black History Month from the Archives!

A bit of sports history in the making!
02/03/2019
Gerald Sensabaugh #43

A bit of sports history in the making!

All-Time Scoring Leader........ Now That’s a Accomplishment

We're excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Friends of the Archives. Through January 31, 2019, Amaz...
01/23/2019

We're excited to announce another bonus donation opportunity for Friends of the Archives. Through January 31, 2019, AmazonSmile will donate 15% the purchase price of new print magazine subscriptions! Visit https://smile.amazon.com/b?node=18541223011 for details.

Lincoln and King cross paths in Kingsport!
01/21/2019
Times-News Online

Lincoln and King cross paths in Kingsport!

Kingsport designated the 2.3 mile long Lincoln Street the “Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Parkway” on Friday, on the 90th anniversary celebration of the civil rights leader’s birth. Ultimately, community leaders hope to officially rename all of Lincoln Street in honor of Dr. King.

Kingsport business with world wide fame!
01/21/2019
Times-News Online

Kingsport business with world wide fame!

Businesses from around the world come to Kingsport for a life-changing training experience at Pal's Business Excellence Institute.

Historical event.
01/21/2019

Historical event.

MLK parade taking place in downtown Kingsport. Check back later for full story and more photos of the event.

Visit Kingsport
01/20/2019

Visit Kingsport

Kingsport was originally called “King’s Port” but did you know that in 1787 Kingsport was known as Salt Lick because of an ancient mineral lick located in the area? VisitKingsport.com to learn more about our amazing city!

Check out this exhibit!
01/12/2019

Check out this exhibit!

A new exhibit highlighting the 2019 gubernatorial inauguration and the 49 governors through the state’s history is currently on display at the Library and Archives.

“Governors of Tennessee” exhibit opened to the public Tuesday and will run through spring 2019.

The exhibit features materials from the Library and Archives’ extensive collections. It includes a visual timeline focusing on each governor, from John Sevier in 1796 to current Gov. Bill Haslam. As part of the celebration, the Library and Archives will also display a curated selection of original archival documents. Exhibition cases present the personal papers and government record collections of many former governors.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

More scary history for Kingsport!
01/04/2019
RATTLED - Kingsport Times-News, 1/4/2019

More scary history for Kingsport!

Smoke rises from the Holston Army Ammunition Plant after a powerful explosion at the site shortly before noon on Thursday. The blast reportedly was heard or felt as far north as Nickelsville, Virginia.

Wrap up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1493468 and AmazonSmile donates to the Kingsport Friends of the ...
12/17/2018

Wrap up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1493468 and AmazonSmile donates to the Kingsport Friends of the Archive ( Kingsport Archive of History)! If you are done with your holiday shopping, don't worry. You can go through Amazon Smile at any time and money will be donated to the Friends!

Birthplace of Country Music Museum
12/14/2018

Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tune in to WBCM - Radio Bristol today at 10:30am and 6:00pm to hear our "Community Conversations" segment with Georgia Polk, part of the museum's For All the World to See programming. Ms. Polk talks to us about her time as a teacher at Douglass School and other elementary schools in Bristol and her love for music. You can listen on 100.1 FM, or via https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio/ or the Radio Bristol app.

Teachers gather together to share food at Douglass School; image on loan from Bristol Virginia Public Schools, courtesy of Douglass School Alumni Association

Beautiful picture of downtown Kingsport.
12/13/2018

Beautiful picture of downtown Kingsport.

The sunrise and snow create the perfect winter scene in Downtown Kingsport. 📸 Denise Lyle Strickland

A wonderful community experience!
12/10/2018

A wonderful community experience!

Archives of the City of Kingsport, Kingsport Friends of the Archives, The Mountain Music Museum Official & East Tennessee PBS partnered to conduct a Community History Day at the V O Dobbins Sr. Complex in Kingsport, Tennessee.
We spent the day digitizing materials from community members and recording oral histories. Calvin Sneed brought some really cool audio recordings of Central Baptist Church choir from the 1950's which were also digitized. Stay tuned as we catalogue and make these materials public.
**Photos by Holly Rainey & @Jabari Guthrie**
**Special THANK YOU to the Eastman Foundation, Kingsport Friends of the Archives, Eastman Credit Union for helping to make this happen**

Church Circle in the snow!
12/09/2018

Church Circle in the snow!

We’d love to see your snow pictures! How beautiful is Kingsport’s church circle on this snowy Sunday? ❄️☃️
📸 Sarah Hale

Beautiful memories!
11/29/2018

Beautiful memories!

Church Circle Christmas Tree Lighting

Thanks for sharing this!
11/28/2018
Women’s History Month-Miss Annie Lee Mitchell

Thanks for sharing this!

Miss Annie Lee Mitchell -Kingsport’s Pioneer Educator Annie Lee Mitchell, born December 21, 1872, was instrumental in the development and direction of education in early Kingsport. Born and r…

Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Friends of the Archives when you shop at smile...
10/30/2018

Through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Friends of the Archives when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1493468. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to the Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture. Calvin Sneed’s talk was wonderful!
10/24/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to the Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture. Calvin Sneed’s talk was wonderful!

Friends of the Archives Meeting
10/20/2018
Friends of the Archives Meeting

Friends of the Archives Meeting

On Tuesday, October 23rd, The Archives of the city of Kingsport and the friends of the archives will hold their annual meeting and scan day. Brianne Wright and Calvin Sneed join us on Daytime to share with us more about these two events. 

Archives of the City of Kingsport
10/19/2018

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Be sure to check out Daytime Tri-Cities this morning. Brianne Wright, City Archivist, and Calvin Sneed will be on talking about the upcoming Kingsport Friends of the Archives annual meeting!

10/15/2018
Discover Kingsport

Discover Kingsport

Documentary Legacy of Magistrate J. W. Dickson : of Highland, Hillcrest, WarriorsPath in the 1930s .. when this area was still in the county on the Old Bristol Lee Highway (PrestonWoods, Skyland..). .. Dickson Elementary School, his name sake, was just one project he did to help build up this growing community that one day would be part of Kingsport Tennessee.
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Archives of the City of Kingsport
10/05/2018

Archives of the City of Kingsport

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