The Fentress County Historical Society has announced its 26th annual Heritage Roundup, Saturday, April 29, at York Elementary School.  The event is scheduled to start at 9am and continue till mid-afternoon. 

This year’s Roundup theme is Fentress Countians in the Great War, commemorating the service and sacrifice of Fentress County’s World War I veterans and their families.  A strong focus is being put on genealogy. Genealogists scheduled to be present are Bruce York with his Fentress County database, Burdenna Brown and others from the LDS Church, the Overton County Historical Society and Shawn Gray, with Overton County Kin.

A highlight of the event will be research recently compiled by Kathy Williams and Joyce Crouch who have, over several months, researched and collected information on the county’s World War I veterans.  Their research is extensive, meticulously recorded and organized in notebooks which will be available for viewing by Roundup attendees.  It is also being compiled as a book to be published by the Fentress County Historical Society and made available for sale.

There will be exhibits by the Sergeant Alvin C. York State Historic Park, the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation, the Fentress County Historical Society and others.  There will also be a display of the entries in the Historical Society’s Great War poster contest, sponsored by Progressive

Savings Bank and conducted in Fentress County schools.

Jude Urbanski (Judy Urban), author of Chronicles of Chanute Crossing and I Can’t Remember Me, who was at Roundup last year, has committed to return for this event.  Music and storytelling will round out the program.

Box lunches will be available for $6.00 between 11:30am12:30pm. All activities are to take place inside York Elementary School.  So, sunshine or rain, the 26th annual Spring Heritage Roundup is the place to be on Saturday, April 29!  

This event is free and open to the public.