To commemorate the conclusion of the Fentress County Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Year, the organization will host a picnic at the Jamestown Community Park, Tuesdray, May 22, 5-7pm. Everyone is invited to attend this special event, for an evening of food, music, a presentation about the organization’s mission, activities and plans for the future. Garrett Farms is providing Choice Beef Burgers for the grill and the Grill Masters will be Willie Beaty and John Beaty, who are known for flipping some great burgers. Leonard Anderson, one of  Fentress County’s favorite entertainers will be at the mike with some much requested songs. There will be door prizes and perhaps a surprise or two.

The Fentress County Historical Society has been preserving, promoting and sharing the history of this place we call home since May 22, 1968. The organization was begun with a small group of individuals, led by Mr. Ruble Upchurch, who was elected its first president. Wanda Hatfield, who was a member of that original group, is still a member of the Society, sits on its Board of Directors and is Editor of its Newsletter.

As the Society begins its second half-century of serving as service to the people of Fentress County, it is at a milestone. With its holdings – archives, library, museum – located in separate buildings, FCHS leadership realizes that it is time to bring all its holdings together in one location in order to better preserve, add to and more effectively present them to the public. With a significant bequest from the late Helen Linder Hull, the organization is moving forward with a campaign to raise the remainder of the money needed to construct a building or purchase an existing one that is adequate to meet the needs of today and allow for expansion to meet the needs of the future.

It is with this in mind that, at this important point in the Society’s history, its leadership is hosting this 50th Anniversary Picnic in the Park – to say “Thank You!” to those who have already given to the Fentress County Historical Society Building Fund, to present plans for future growth to the community and emphasize the importance of everyone’s support in this endeavor that will honor the past and preserve it for future generations.

“We look forward to seeing friends and neighbors from all across Fentress County at this important event,” said Willie Beaty, Chairman of the FCHS Building Committee. “Come out to the Jamestown Community Park on May 22, from 5 to 7pm. Enjoy the evening and learn about what your support of this endeavor can mean for Fentress County.”

Reservations are not required. See you at the Park!