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.

Check out the lovely decorations and pictures!
11/06/2019

Check out the lovely decorations and pictures!

Holiday display in the old Freels building at 252 Broad Street.

Great presentation!
10/30/2019

Great presentation!

Our speaker, Lonnie Salyer with Eddie Skelton!

Thank you to everyone that came out last night to our Annual Meeting and to the 19th Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture. Our ...
10/30/2019

Thank you to everyone that came out last night to our Annual Meeting and to the 19th Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture. Our speaker Lonnie Salyer entertained us with an excellent presentation on local independent Tri-Cities record labels. Thank you Lonnie Salyer for all you do to collect, preserve, document, and share local music history!

Lonnie Salyer- After The Big Bang: Local Independent Tri-Cities Record Labels, October 29, 2019. Lonnie Salyer is a local music historian and record collector from Kingsport, TN focused on the preservation of 78 rpm and 45 rpm recordings from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. He manages Big Lon's Crateful Dig on Facebook, has a weekly radio show Diggin’ With Big Lon on WBCM - Radio Bristol broadcasting original vintage records live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and is currently President of the Appalachian Cultural Music Association.

Archives of the City of Kingsport
09/27/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Forget you ever saw that post a few weeks ago about the Halloween display in the Archives lobby...I had the opportunity to put together a storefront display in the old Freels Drug Store building, on the corner of Center and Broad Street. So, if you want to check out the Halloween display from the archives you will have to visit 252 Broad Street! Thanks to Urban Synergy for letting me use the building!

Proud Kingsport history!
09/26/2019
100 years of innovation - Kingsport Times-News, 9/26/2019

Proud Kingsport history!

Eastman Kodak founder George Eastman, left, shown here with Thomas Edison, began his career as an amateur photographer who perfected a process for making photographic dry plates. George Eastman chose to locate in Kingsport because of the abundance of hardwood timber in the region

Check out the Halloween display!
09/17/2019

Check out the Halloween display!

If you are headed to the Kingsport Public Library anytime soon be sure to come down to the basement lobby and check out the Halloween display with pictures from the Archives of the City of Kingsport!

TriPride made History in Kingsport and the Archives & FOA was there!
09/09/2019
‘Look how far we’ve come’: TriPride 2019

TriPride made History in Kingsport and the Archives & FOA was there!

On Sept. 7, the second TriPride event took place to a large crowd filled with those in the LGBTQ+ community and many who were there just to show support. The pride event was held near downtown King…

LGBT people describe second TriPride as "emotional"
09/08/2019
LGBT people describe second TriPride as "emotional"

LGBT people describe second TriPride as "emotional"

The TriPride parade and festival was back for a second year Saturday. This time, it was in Kingsport with the goal of going to each of the Tri-Cities. "It just feels safe, and that's so important, especially in this area of the country,” Johnson City resident Carlynn Owen said. As thousands fi...

The Kingsport Public Library needs your feedback on a Community Survey. It would be great if you could take the time to ...
09/04/2019
Kingsport Public Library Community Survey

The Kingsport Public Library needs your feedback on a Community Survey. It would be great if you could take the time to fill it out! What would be even better is if any of you that use the archives- whether it is coming in or browsing the over 4,500 historic images online- could take note of that. You'll have to add that in the "other" section since there is no mention of the archives anywhere in the survey. And no, the genealogy/ local history research mentioned is not the archives- that would be the Palmer Room up on the 4th floor of the library. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KingsportLibrary

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Thanks for the memories!
08/23/2019
Part two: WKPT at 50 - Kingsport Times-News, 8/23/2019

Thanks for the memories!

Shown here is the WKPT-AM-TV, WTFM, WAPK-TV offices as they stand today at 222 Commerce St. in Kingsport. After losing its ABC network affiliation, WKPT-TV announced the addition of MeTV to two of its digital subchannels. Audience reaction to the network’s 50s, 60s and 70s nostalgia shows was very...

The Friends of the Archives are excited to be participating in this year's TriPride event! Come see us and help us promo...
08/19/2019

The Friends of the Archives are excited to be participating in this year's TriPride event! Come see us and help us promote history for ALL!

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo
08/19/2019

Kingsport Friends of the Archives's cover photo

Kingsport Friends of the Archives
08/19/2019

Kingsport Friends of the Archives

08/02/2019
PBS

This is why our Archives are so valuable!

Tour towns across America through the lens of family photo albums in a two-night special with host Thomas Allen Harris. #FamilyPicturesUSA premieres Mon, Aug 12 at 9/8c.

Mr. Burdine has been good for Kingsport!
07/23/2019
TriPride

Mr. Burdine has been good for Kingsport!

Thank you Mr. Burdine for opening the doors of Your Kingsport Chamber to us for our monthly meetings and welcoming us so whole-heartedly. Thank you for your service to us and Kingsport!

Glad it was after Fun Fest!
07/23/2019

Glad it was after Fun Fest!

Very heavy rain flooded Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport Monday afternoon.

Live weather coverage continues on WJHL .

Photo by Robin Blix

Archives of the City of Kingsport
07/18/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

Only a few days left to enter the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019! We have some awesome prizes to give out!

If you are shopping on Amazon don't forget to use Amazon Smile! A percentage of your order will benefit the Friends of t...
07/15/2019

If you are shopping on Amazon don't forget to use Amazon Smile! A percentage of your order will benefit the Friends of the Archives! smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1493468

Black in Appalachia
07/02/2019

Black in Appalachia

For Black families in the South, bridging the 1860 to 1870 research gap can be almost impossible. Thanks to the labor of University of Tennessee History student Kathleen Kelley, we're attempting to make that process a little easier.
We used Sullivan County, Tennessee as a template where people should be able to cross reference slave owners, free People of Color and the entire post-emancipation population census records in one place.
Check it out and give us some feedback: https://blackinappalachia.omeka.net/collections/show/19

06/20/2019
Archives of the City of Kingsport

Up next in our sponsor spotlight for the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019 is Simply Charly! Be sure to check them out on Facebook! They are a new boutique located on Clay Street located behind another one of our awesome sponsors Chef's Pizzeria!

Up next in our sponsor spotlight for the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019 is Simply Charly! Be sure to check them out on Facebook! They are a new boutique located on Clay Street located behind another one of our awesome sponsors Chef's Pizzeria!

06/19/2019
Archives of the City of Kingsport

Up next in our sponsor spotlight is A.M. Kingsport! One lucky winner from the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019 will receive a gift certificate for a free breakfast and a free coffee mug! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with their locations and see what deliciousness they are cooking up!

Up next in our sponsor spotlight is A.M. Kingsport! One lucky winner from the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019 will receive a gift certificate for a free breakfast and a free coffee mug! Be sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with their locations and see what deliciousness they are cooking up!

06/18/2019
Archives of the City of Kingsport

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the amazing businesses that have generously offered prizes for the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019! First up is the Abingdon Olive Oil Company! Their Kingsport location is on Main Street is in one of the oldest buildings in downtown! If you haven't popped in for a tasting tour you are definitely missing out! Make sure you like and follow them on Facebook!

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of the amazing businesses that have generously offered prizes for the Fun Fest Rediscover Kingsport Scavenger Hunt 2019! First up is the Abingdon Olive Oil Company! Their Kingsport location on Main Street is in one of the oldest buildings in downtown! If you haven't popped in for a tasting tour you are definitely missing out! Make sure you like and follow them on Facebook! Kingsport Friends of the Archives

Black in Appalachia
06/12/2019

Black in Appalachia

Come spend some time with us in Kingsport this Saturday.
UT School of Information Sciences graduate student Lauren Cole will share her work on the Kingsport Community database. We'll also be seeking feedback & discuss next steps with the Archives of the City of Kingsport and Kingsport Friends of the Archives.
Refreshments provided!

Certainly makes Kingsport proud!
06/07/2019
Dobyns-Bennett student performs in Carnegie Hall

Certainly makes Kingsport proud!

Emily Cai, a 15-year-old rising junior at Dobyns-Bennett High School, performed at Steinway Hall last fall after winning third place in the Brooklyn Music Teachers Guild competition. Then on May 27, she took it a step further by performing at Carnegie Hall, a feat even more difficult to achieve...

A lot of Kingsport history in this one picture!
05/27/2019
OUT OF THE ATTIC - Kingsport Times-News, 5/26/2019

A lot of Kingsport history in this one picture!

This photo taken in 1972 shows Jack White, owner and president of Kingsport Oil Co.; John H. White, founder with Jack White of Blue Ridge Properties; John’s son Hunter White; and John’s grandfather James C. White, who was president of Eastman for 23 years, first coming to Kingsport in 1920. Subm...

05/24/2019

Thanks to our Archives for sharing the history of our area.

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

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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.

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