Fentress Countians in the Great War Program to be held April 28

Tickets Now Available!

For the first time, what has always been a Saturday event, will begin Friday evening, April 28, with a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.  To be held at Sergeant Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, the program will be titled Fentress Countians in the Great War.  Activities will continue on Saturday, April 29th, at York Elementary School, with the same theme, and will last throughout the day.

The highlight of the Friday evening event will be a presentation by Dr. Michael E. Birdwell, a Tennessee Technological University History professor and Chairman of the Tennessee Great War Commission, the mission of which is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  In addition to serving in this position, Dr. Birdwell also chairs the Tennessee National Register Review Board and serves on the Executive Committees of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation and the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

Joining Dr. Birdwell on the program will be Ms. Deborah York, Executive Director of the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation and great-granddaughter of Sergeant Alvin C. York.  She will talk about the mission and the accomplishments of the Foundation as well as upcoming events commemorating the life of Sgt. York and the Centennial of the Great War.

A selection of patriotic music will be performed by York Institute’s Noteworthy, Mr. Bill Bowden will perform The Ballad of Sergeant York and the school’s Junior ROTC will present colors.

The evening, which begins at 6pm, will include dinner and there will be several exhibits on display from the Fentress County Historical Society, the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historical Park.

Tickets, which will be available April 3rd, are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and may be purchased at the Fentress County Historical Society Museum in Allardt, Saturdays 10m-1pm, and at Union Bank & First Volunteer Bank.  For more information,  call 931-752-7818 or 931-879-7622.