The Fentress County Historical Society is planning an auction to benefit its building fund. The auction, which will be held at the Jamestown Community Center, Saturday, March 24, 5:30pm until the last item is sold, is an event of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Throughout these fifty years, the Society has served Fentress County in historic preservation and promotion. As an organization, it has preserved artifacts and documents pertaining to the county’s history and its families, published books about our people, places and events, and presented free and open programs and workshops to educate our residents and other interested individuals about the unique heritage of this area.
“Throughout the years, we have fulfilled our mission without funding from any source other than memberships, fundraisers and small donations. Neither have we had a home, a central location in which to bring together our organizational offices, holdings, resources, programs and other activities,” said Tom Potter, Society President.
“During this, our 50th anniversary year,” he continued, “we see an opportunity to have a home, thanks to a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Helen Linder Hull. Her bequest provided us with the financial foundation upon which we can build a future home, although it is insufficient, in itself, to build or purchase such a structure."
To build upon the foundation provided by Mrs. Hull, the Fentress County Historical Society has set about to raise the money necessary to do just that. As a first step, the Society is planning an auction with a goal of raising a minimum of $5,000 to add to its building fund.
The public is invited to join with the organization in taking this step toward creating a new home that will hold, preserve and protect the history and heritage of Fentress County – one that will make all Fentress Countians proud.
Society board members and volunteers are contacting Fentress County businesses and interested individuals to request donations for the March 24 auction. Donations will be appreciated and publicly (unless otherwise requested) recognized, both prior to and during the auction.
Some great items have already been donated and many others are needed. If you have items to donate and have not been contacted, please call 931/879-9275
Everyone is invited to attend this fundraising auction for the Fentress County Historical Society at the Jamestown Community Center, Saturday, March 24, 5:30pm until the last item is sold. Darren Rudd Auction Company will be auctioneering.
There will be special guests and live entertainment. Food and beverages will be available, door prizes given away and, to round out the evening, an old-fashioned Cake Walk.