Government Speakers Series Announced by Historical Society

The Fentress County Historical Society has announced that it will present a Summer Speakers Series, this year, in addition to the Visiting Author Series that has become popular here over the last two years.

The first program to be offered will take place Thursday, May 11th and will feature Jamestown City Mayor Darlene Monday Davis.  The event will be held in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse, starting at 5pm and is expected to last about 1 ½ to 2 hours.

Designed to provide a platform for citizens to hear about and respond to matters pertaining to city, county and state government, the Historical Society anticipates that the series will present, in addition to Mayor Davis, officials from Fentress County Government and the State Legislature.

Mayor Davis will talk about the daily operation of the City of Jamestown, current historic preservation projects and those that might be planned for the future.  She will also discuss her goals and vision for the future of the city and entertain questions from the audience.

All citizens of Jamestown are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

 

                       

 

26TH ANNUAL SPRING HERITAGE ROUNDUP, Saturday, April 29

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.

Fentress County Historical Society Announces Poster Contest

The Fentress County Historical Society today announced a student poster contest to be held in conjunction with the Society’s Spring Heritage Roundup theme of “Fentress Countians in the Great War”.  

The contest, which is being sponsored by Progressive Savings Bank, is open to students currently enrolled in Fentress County Schools, grades six through twelve.  First place winner will receive a $50 cash award, second place will receive a $25 cash award and third place will receive a $10 cash award.

Award winning posters will be displayed at the Historical Society’s Fentress Countians in the Great War program at Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, Friday evening, April 28th and at its Spring Heritage Roundup, Saturday, April 29th, at York Elementary School.

Information and contest rules are available at Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, York Elementary School, Clarkrange High School and South Fentress Elementary School.  Interested students at these schools should contact their teacher or school guidance counselor.  

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.

WORLD WAR I to be the Focus of FCHS’s Spring Roundup

The Fentress County Historical Society will present its twenty-seventh annual Spring Heritage Roundup, the last weekend In April. For the first time, what has always been a Saturday event, will begin Friday evening, April 28, with a program commemorating the 100 th 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 29 th , 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 100 th 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 3 rd , 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 other locations (to be announced). For more information, call 931-752- 7818 or 931-879- 7622.

On Saturday, the Spring Heritage Roundup will continue at York Elementary School, starting at 9am. Again focusing on the theme, Fentress Countians in the Great War, the Fentress County Historical Society will present a full day of exhibits, genealogy, historical reenactments, book sales, music, storytelling, art and more.

Some of Fentress County’s First Families will receive First Family Certificates and information will be available to others who are interested in achieving this designation for their own families.

Exhibitors will include the Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation, the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park and the Fentress County Historical Society, with others to be announced later. The Historical Society’s exhibit will include information about Fentress County soldiers who were veterans of or lost their lives in the Great War (World War I).

Members of the Society will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to Fentress County history and genealogy and to assist Roundup attendees with book purchases.

Music will be such as one might have heard during the time of the war and story-telling will recall the circumstances and events of that era, both at home and abroad.

Box lunches will be available for purchase in the cafeteria at noon.

Saturday’s Spring Heritage Roundup event is free and open to the public.

Everyone is encouraged to come and spend the day learning about the Great War, an event which did much to shape our country as we know it, today. It will be a great experience to share with family and friends, a once-in- a-lifetime happening.

For more information on the Spring Heritage Roundup, read the Fentress Courier, listen to local radio stations and stay in touch with the Fentress County Historical Society’s web page, www.fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org and the Society’s Facebook page.

FENTRESS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY WELCOMES ROANE STATE INTERN

The Fentress County Historical Society is pleased to welcome a new student intern who is now working on special projects at the Society Museum in Allardt.  Jonathan Taubert, a student at Roane State Community College’s Jamestown campus, has been working on special projects at the museum during the winter semester and will return for the spring semester. “We are very pleased to have Jonathan at the Museum,” said Mary Robbins, Chairman of the Museum Committee.  “He is working on a project to catalog and compile and create a database of the Fentress County Historical Society Museum holdings.  This is an important step forward for the Museum and the Society is pleased to have this resource made available both for in-house use and to make available to the public.”

Jonathan is a Fentress County native and a 1993 graduate of York Institute.  The son of Jessie Taubert and the late Charles Taubert, he has lived out of the area for many years, returning due to his parents’ failing health. “During the years that I lived away from Fentress County,” he said, “I visited a lot of historic places and found myself drawn to learn about the sites, the areas where they were located and the people who had lived there.  So, it was only natural, when I returned home to continue that interest and do research into the history of my own home county”

This interest led him to the Fentress County Historical Society where he found a need for his research and extensive computer skills.  Fortunately, he was enrolled in the SERV 1010 course at Roane State.  This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to discover more about their community by serving with a local not-for-profit organization.  Jonathan immediately approached the Society with the offer to serve the organization at the museum.  This work-study arrangement is proving to be very worthwhile to both the Society and to Jonathan. “SERV 1010 is a great course,” he said, “and I am enjoying and learning from the projects that I am doing for the Fentress County Historical Society.  This quarter and my first project are just about completed; but I am looking forward to continuing with my work here in the spring.”

If there are other Roane State Community College students in Fentress County who are interested in and eligible for the SERV 1010 course, they are urged to contact Mr. John Brown, Professor of Political Science, at brownjn2@roanestate.edu.

Jonathan Taubert

2016 Pumpkin Festival Activities

Is this year’s Pumpkin Festival on your schedule for this Saturday?  If not, be sure to pencil it in!

There will be a full day of activities, good music and good food.  And, of course, opportunities to visit with family and friends and be amazed at the size of those pumpkins competing for prizes and bragging rights!  It’s all conveniently located in and around the Allardt City Park.

While you are in Allardt for this great annual event, don’t forget to stop by the Fentress County Historical Society Museum, which is located in the old Gernt Land Office next to Burnett’s gas station at the four-way stop.

The Museum will be open from 8am to 4pm.  Historical Society members will be present to welcome visitors and answer questions about the Museum’s artifacts and documents.  There will be a bake sale and a book sale.  In addition to a variety of delicious baked goods, there will be canned goods and other food items as well as hot and cold beverages for sale.  If you want to learn more about the history of Fentress County and, perhaps, the history of your own family, more than likely you can find a book here that will include helpful and interesting information to further your own research.

If you would like to become a member of the Fentress County Historical Society, board members and volunteers will be on hand to accept your membership application and answer any questions you might have about the Society, its purpose, programs, activities and goals.  They will also be glad to discuss the Museum’s volunteer opportunities with you.

We look forward to seeing you, Saturday.  In the meantime, if you would like additional information, visit our website, www.fentresscountyhistoricalsociety.org or our Facebook page.  You may also call the Museum at 931-879-7592.

An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County, presented by Thomas Potter

 

Thomas Potter, local attorney, will speak at the Fentress County Historical Society’s May program.  His topic will be An Overview of the Civil War with an Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County.  

The program will be presented in the large courtroom of the Fentress County Courthouse, Thursday, May 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm.  Mr. Potter, who is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law, received his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University.  Having been interested in the Civil War since high school, he found that being surrounded by many sites significant to the history of that war was a strong incentive to learn more about this period in Tennessee history.  He soon became knowledgeable enough about sites such as Stones River Battlefield, the Beech Grove Confederate Cemetery, the Franklin Battlefield and others, to take visiting friends and Relatives on informal tours. His interest in Civil War history has continued till today; and he is an avid reader of such authors as Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, Thomas Cartwright, one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin, Eric Jacobson, who is also nationally recognized as a Civil War historian and scholar, and, of course, Shelby Foote, whose massive Civil War trilogy, The American Civil War, is a must-read for serious students of that war.  

Besides sharing information gained from time spent exploring significant Civil War sites in Tennessee and years spent reading the works of authors knowledgeable about the subject,  Mr. Potter will also discuss how this war affected Fentress County and the locations of some of our own important sites and the events that took place there.  Thomas Potter is married to Nancy, his wife of thirty-eight years.  They have two daughters, both of whom, like their father, are graduates of Middle Tennessee State University.  He is a Rotarian and a member of the Board of Directors of the Fentress County Historical Society.  In addition to adding to his knowledge of the Civil War, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, camping and target shooting.

The Fentress County Historical Society invites everyone to come out to the Fentress County Courthouse, Thursday, May 19, 4:30 – 6:00pm for the program, Overview of the Civil War with Emphasis on Tennessee and Fentress County, presented by Thomas Potter.  There will be opportunities to ask question and a list of books about the war will be available.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Arts and Crafts Bloom at Spring Roundup

Photo by Nelson Matthews

Photo by Nelson Matthews

The Fentress County Historical Society’s Spring Heritage Day Roundup is less than two weeks away, and excitement is building as the event continues to grow. The focus of this year’s event, the twenty-sixth, is Fentress County Arts and Artists: Past and Present. The Roundup will be held at York Elementary School, Saturday, April 30, starting at 9am and continuing till 3pm. Perhaps one of the largest in recent years, the 2016 Spring Heritage Day Roundup will be spread out on the school grounds and continued inside the cafeteria and the gymnasium. Many artists, craft artists, musicians, storytellers, authors, genealogists and others are expected to be on-site to demonstrate, exhibit, perform and share their knowledge of history, genealogy and more. Several participants will also offer their work for sale.

Participants are continuing to register for the Roundup and a final list, along with the day’s schedule, will be printed in the Courier, next week. Below is a partial list of individuals expected, along with the art form that each will be presenting:

  • Shelia Hall: Quilt maker and seamstress. Embroidery demonstration.
  • Debby Johnson: Children’s book author. Will talk about how her first book, Anya and the Secrets of Cupola, relates to history. Quill pen maker.
  • Angie McLain: Pastel artist. Works in watercolors and creates one-of-a-kind handcrafted greeting cards.
  • Kerry McLaughlin: Creates glass art, yard art, designs for shepherd’s hooks, bird feeders, and more.
  • Nelson Matthews: Outdoor photographer. Photography exhibit.
  • Denise Reagan: Photographer. Photography exhibit.
  • Johnny Roysden: Woodcarver. Demonstration and animal carving exhibit.
  • Cliff Thacker: Blacksmithing. Tool exhibit.
  • Kenny Tompkins: Woodworking exhibit and shaving horse demonstration.
  • Nancy Upchurch: Oil painting and print exhibit.
  • Jude Urbanski: Author. Will discuss her book about Chanute and several other books.
  • Jeff and Pam Wilson: Creators of handmade mosaic tiles. Exhibit and demonstration.
  • Lester Wilson: Chair maker and furniture refinisher. Exhibit and demonstration
  • Mrs. Lester Wilson: Makes corn shuck dolls and handcrafted soaps. Exhibit and Demonstration.

Also expected are: Dustin Mills, who uses a metal detector to research old building sites. He will demonstrate the use of the metal detector for those who are interested in learning to use it for their own research. Shawn Gray, who researches and writes in several Upper Cumberland counties, will have a book table. He is active in the Overton County Historical Society. Michael Bonioi, with the Cumberland County Archives, will also be present, as will Bruce York, who has a large Fentress County genealogy database. Kathy Williams will present the First Families of Fentress County and the Fentress County Historical Society will have local history books for sale.

The Spring Roundup would not be complete without the performing arts. The lineup for this year’s event, includes: Leonard Anderson, folk musician; The Singing Rexroats, Southern Gospel singers; Alice Bowden, Heartstrings; Denise Reagan, folk and ballad musician; The Fentress County Bluegrass Boys, and “Elvis” (Justin Miller) will recreate the King of Rock.

Storytelling will be very much a part of the program. Jim Buck, local storyteller, will tell his story of The Forgotten War. Dr. William Lynwood Montell will tell ghost stories from his book, Ghosts Along the Cumberland. Linda Jones, of Grey Gables, will tell stories of early life in Rugby and exhibit and talk about clothing that was worn by the ladies of the British colony during its early years.

Barbecue plates will be available for lunch in the school cafeteria.

The sound system for the day’s program will be provided by Justin Miller.

According to Willie Beaty, Chairman of the Fentress County Historical Society, and Debbie Delk, Society President, registration is still open for the Spring Roundup; and Fentress County artists and craft artists are encouraged to contact the Society for more Information or to register:

Willie Beaty: 879-7622 or Tom Potter: 879-3006

The Fentress County Historical Society Spring Roundup 2016 is free and open to the public. It is an event that families and friends can enjoy together while learning about the history and heritage of this place we call home – Fentress County, Tennessee.

Bill Landry visit’s Fentress County and becomes an honorary citizen

Bill Landry autographing his books for attendees at his program at the courthouse.

Bill Landry receiving the Honorary Citizen of Fentress Certificate from First District County Commissioner, Jimmy Johnson.  John Mullinix, with the Fentress County Historical Society is on the left.