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.

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, ...

Great article on Darwin Bond.
05/04/2020
Legends never die - Kingsport Times-News, 5/3/2020

Great article on Darwin Bond.

Darwin Bond, right, stands with Tennessee teammate and three-time Olympian Doug Brown, left, and legendary Vols coach Stan Huntsman. In 1974, Bond helped Tennessee win the NCAA outdoor team title in addition to four straight SEC championships.

Ever heard of The All American Red Heads? New post on the blog!
04/21/2020
All-American Red Heads

Ever heard of The All American Red Heads? New post on the blog!

The All-American Red Heads were among the first professional women’s basketball teams. It all started in 1936 (6 years before Title IX, 60 years before the W.N.B.A.) when C. M. “Ole” Ol…

Biff-Burger Drive-In
04/18/2020
Biff-Burger Drive-In

Biff-Burger Drive-In

Remember Kingsport’s Biff-Burger? Biff-Burger first opened in Florida in 1956. The “Best in Fast Food” restaurant was mostly known for their signature broiled hamburgers that were…

We want your COVID-19 stories! We are living through a historic moment in time and the Kingsport Public Library and Arch...
04/09/2020
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We want your COVID-19 stories!

We are living through a historic moment in time and the Kingsport Public Library and Archives wants to capture, document, and preserve your stories and memories about life during the COVID-19 Pandemic. History is normally associated with the past but we are making and living history right now! Information collected now will become crucial to the archives in the future. Your contributions will help build a resource of primary documentation so future generations can understand the history we are now living. Let’s document life in Kingsport and add our story to this global historic event.

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Olde West Dinner Theatre
04/03/2020
Olde West Dinner Theatre

Olde West Dinner Theatre

Remember Kingsport’s Olde West Dinner Theatre?   The Olde West Dinner Theatre opened on Airport Road on October 12, 1966 with a production of “The Rainmaker.” The establishme…

Archives of the City of Kingsport
04/02/2020

Archives of the City of Kingsport

The Kingsport Archives may be closed to the public indefinitely but you can still explore the archives online! Did you k...
03/24/2020
Kingsport Public Library and Archives | Archives

The Kingsport Archives may be closed to the public indefinitely but you can still explore the archives online! Did you know that there are over 4,600 images from the Kingsport Archives on the online image gallery? https://www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives/.

WELCOME The Archives of the City of Kingsport preserves for consultation and study the documentary heritage of the City of Kingsport, TN. The Archives of the City of Kingsport is located on the lower level of the Kingsport Public Library in downtown Kingsport. The Archives houses papers and photogra...

Another new book by a local author!http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/ODN/KingsportTimesNews/shared/ShowArticle.aspx...
12/23/2019
Keith Donnelly releases new Donald Youngblood story - Kingsport Times-News, 12/23/2019

Another new book by a local author!
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Donnelly, a Kingsport resident, has penned seven full-length Donald Youngblood mystery novels, but his eighth and newest one, called “Moving Target,” is a bit different. Though it will still focus on Youngblood, this book is a shorter read and will serve as the first in Donnelly’s spinoff Youn...

Beautiful memories!
12/11/2019

Beautiful memories!

Broad Street, 1949.

Archives of the City of Kingsport
12/02/2019

Archives of the City of Kingsport

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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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