2018 is the twenty-ninth year that the Fentress County Historical Society has produced its annual Heritage Day, an event that has always focused on one particular aspect of Fentress County history. This year, the Society’s 50th Anniversary Year, will be very different, as its Heritage Day will be a cumulative look back at previous Heritage Days.
The Heritage Day theme, this year, is taken from the Society’s theme for its 50th Anniversary, “Looking Back – Moving Forward: A Celebration of 50 Years of Preserving and Sharing Fentress County History”. To be held, Saturday, April 28, 9:00am to 3:00pm, in the York Elementary School, Heritage Day will feature many of the themed displays from past years, including those focused on education, business, the Civil War, The Way We Worked in Fentress County 1850-1960, and more. Displays will be arranged by year; and some unique new displays will be available for viewing for the first time.
A highlight of this year’s Heritage Day will be a presentation of First Family Certificates to individuals who have recently completed their First Family documentation, as well as recognition of all First Family certificate holders who are present. With almost one hundred members of Fentress County’s First Families group, this part of the day’s program will be an important part of the event’s activity. The presentation and recognition ceremony is scheduled for 11:00am-11:30am.
The midday program will also include the announcement and introduction of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 2018 scholarship recipient as well as a surprise musical presentation. The Society will have a book sale table and other booksellers are expected to be present.
Lunch will be available. For $5.00, Heritage Day attendees can have a midday meal of sandwich, chips or nuts, dessert and a drink. Door prizes will be drawn for and winners announced throughout the day.
This twenty-ninth Heritage Day will round out the Fentress County Historical Society’s year long 50th Anniversary celebration, which has included several programs and seminars, an open house and other activities. The Society was founded on May 22, 1968, when Ruble Upchurch convened a meeting with about fifteen interested persons for the purpose of organizing a historical society. This group elected officers, drafted a constitution and set about the business of preserving and sharing the history of Fentress County. Since that time, the FCHS has been at the forefront of collecting, preserving and promoting the historical and cultural heritage of this place we call home.