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Readers’ Theatre to Highlight Local Struggles During WWI

A woman searching for her missing son who returned from war but never came home. A man who was reported to the authorities by his neighbors because he refused to purchase war bonds. A soldier who was sick and tired of being stuck in the mud, and another who wouldn’t change places with the president of the hometown bank. A community hard hit by the deadly Spanish Influenza Pandemic. Come hear these stories and more at a performance hosted by the Heritage Alliance on Sunday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m. inside the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.

This Readers’ Theatre piece will share firsthand accounts of the lives of Washington County citizens during World War One. “While doing the research for this piece, I was struck by the similarities between now and then, even though a century has passed,” shares Special Projects Coordinator Anne Mason. “It was a time of suspicion in America, where neighbors spied on one another and turned each other in for un-American activities. World War One was a devastating war overseas, and its chaos was definitely felt across the Atlantic.” Join the Heritage Alliance on April 8, and hear the struggles from overseas and on the home front as century old newspaper headlines come to life. The Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum is located inside the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center on Boone Street.

Registration Open for Homeschool Day

The Heritage Alliance is hosting its very first Homeschool Day all throughout Jonesborough on Friday, May 18. The cost is $7.00 per student, no matter the amount of activities. Parents, guardians, and non-participating younger children are free of charge. However, due to space limitations, not all chaperones and non-participating children will be able to participate in every activity.

Activities that day include lessons in Oak Hill School, a one room schoolhouse restored to the year 1892, Town Tours, Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tours, and hands-on activities with artifacts in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. In addition, students can participate in history hunts at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, listen to a Storyteller, and participate in train based activities in the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum. Archeological activities will be offered in the morning, and older students will have the opportunity to solve the mysteries surrounding the Cholera Epidemic of 1873 through various primary sources. It will be a day full of history and fun!

To register, please complete the registration form and email it to Anne Mason at amason@heritageall.org, or mail it to the Heritage Alliance 212 East Sabin Drive, Jonesborough TN 37659. You can also call and register by phone at 423-753-9580. Registration form is available by clicking HERE.

For a look at the whole day’s schedule, click here.

 

Heritage Alliance to offer first Homeschool Day

The Heritage Alliance is excited to announce its first ever Homeschool Day on Friday, May 18. History and heritage based activities are planned from 9:00am – 4:30pm that day and will offer a wide variety of experiences for multiple ages. Students from first grade through senior year of high school are encouraged to come and experience history with their families in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.

Activities that day include lessons in Oak Hill School, a one room schoolhouse restored to the year 1892, Town Tours, Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tours, and hands-on activities with artifacts in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. In addition, students can participate in history hunts and listen to a Storyteller at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, and participate in train based activities in the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum in Jonesborough. Archeological activities will be offered in the morning, and older students will have the opportunity to solve the mysteries surrounding the Cholera Epidemic of 1873 through various primary sources. It will be a day full of history and fun!

Students and parents will be able to select their activities and schedule for the day. Registration opens on March 12. The cost is $7.00 per student. Please watch this space and our website (www.heritageall.org) for more information. Another Homeschool Day is planned for Friday, August 10.

Come and experience history with the Heritage Alliance in Jonesborough!

The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences.  For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580, or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

Town Tour Schedule 2018, Now With Four Options!

Jonesborough’s Historic Walking Tours are back with four, different options for 2018!  The Main Street Tour will be offered at least once a week March through December. Tickets are only $5.00 per person and can be purchased directly at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street.  Tours will depart from the Museum and costumed guides will lead guests on an hour long journey through Jonesborough’s storied past.  The popular summer evening tours will return in May at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays.  There’s never a bad time of day to tour Tennessee’s Oldest Town.

Last year, the Heritage Alliance introduced the Jonesborough Mythbusting Tour. The Mythbusting Tour, complete with new myths & outrageous history, continues this March-December on the first and second Saturdays of the month.

New this year, the Railroad History Tour is a great opportunity to tour the backside of Main Street. The railroad is an important part of Jonesborough and East Tennessee history, and the Railroad Tour shares the trials & tribulations of bringing the railway through the region. The Railroad Tour concludes at the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum, located in the newly renovated 1906 Chuckey Depot. Moved to Jonesborough to preserve and save it, the Chuckey Depot Railroad Museum opened in its new location in 2017. The Railroad Tour is available at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of the month. Tickets for the Railroad Tour and Mythbusting tour are $5.00. Combo ticket options are available.

 

No tour season would be complete without the Old Jonesborough Cemetery Tour. The Cemetery Tour will return on May 19 and will be available at 2:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month through October 6.

Tour dates are seasonal, so make sure you visit www.heritageall.org, or like the Heritage Alliance on Facebook to stay up to date with the full calendar. For more information, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.  To schedule a tour for a larger group, or another day/time, please contact the Heritage Alliance directly.

History Happy Hour Schedule 2018

History Happy Hour is back at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Thursday, March 15. This year, you can catch a new History Happy Hour on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30. We already have most of our programs lined up for the year, so go ahead and mark your calendars!

Far Away and Close to Home: The Art and Words of Author/Illustrator Rhea Wells

From the Austrian Alps, to the coast of Sicily, to a village in Spain, words and art have the power to transport us around the world.  They also have the power to bring us back home to a farm in Washington County, Tennessee.  Children’s book author/illustrator Rhea Wells ventured far and wide throughout his life, but he always held his hometown of Jonesborough near and dear to his heart.  Wells’ work will be showcased in the exhibit Far Away and Close to Home: The Art and Words of Author/Illustrator Rhea Wells which will be on display at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School from January 26 through February 23.  The exhibit will be open to the public from 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-3 on Saturday.  Far Away and Close to Home is presented by the Heritage Alliance and is funded in part by a grant from Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Far Away and Close to Home will feature artwork from Wells’ art school portfolio, as well as illustrations from some of his books.  What types of styles did Wells practice with in art school?  How did these early works, never before displayed in public, influence the rich illustrations that filled Wells’ later books?  What parts of his childhood in Washington County did he write about, and where did his inspiration for Beppo the Donkey and Ali the Camel come from?  Wells was writing in the 1920s and 1930s, when the field of children’s literature was just developing.  What is his legacy as an author?  What is his legacy to Jonesborough, and does it still stand today?  The answer to these questions and more can be found in Far Away and Close to Home in the McKinney Center, and in a companion exhibit on Wells’ life in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center.

A series of programs are planned around the exhibit, beginning with an opening night reception and art/history talk at 6:30 on January 26 at the McKinney Center.  Children will be able to make and illustrate their own books at the Jonesborough Library on Saturday, February 3.  To carry on Wells’ tradition of advocacy for libraries and literacy, the Heritage Alliance will host a panel discussion with local librarians and educators on February 16 at 6:30 at the McKinney Center.   Wells was a community builder, and Far Away and Close to Home is a partnership with the McKinney Center and the Town of Jonesborough, the Reece Museum at ETSU and the Jonesborough Public Library.  We hope that Wells’ art and books will help to inspire a new generation of authors, illustrators, artists, and readers.

Annual Meeting Set for February 1st

In accordance with the bylaws of the Heritage Alliance, the Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday,
February 1st! Help us celebrate a record breaking year for the Heritage Alliance. The evening will include a short business meeting, updates on programming, and will provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends old and new alike. Please bring a covered dish, either a side item or dessert, to share. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 423.753.9580 or by emailing info@heritageall.org no later than January 25th.

Small Business Saturday at the Chester Inn

This Small Business Saturday (Nov 25), come and do your shopping in Jonesborough.  The Chester Inn Museum will be open from 10-7 with five, FREE Town Tours at the top of every hour from 11-3.  Mother Goose will be sharing stories in the parlor at 11:30 and 1:30, kids of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy!

 

Colors of Christmas Celebrating 40 Years of the Progressive Dinner

Colors of Christmas

A 40 Year Holiday Tradition In Tennessee’s Oldest Town

Imagine, peeking in the window of a charming historic home filled with the warmth of people, the twinkling lights illuminating off their Christmas tree and the sound of your favorite carol lulling in the background. You’re kindly invited inside as the owner of the home tells her story of how she preserved a home that was far too close to demolition by neglect. She tells of owners from the past and the impact the home has had on the community. You end your evening with an elegant four-course meal in yet another preserved historic structure. The room is filled with holiday finery, stories of the past and the spirit of Christmas.

   

Thanks to The Town of Jonesborough and the Heritage Alliance, you can experience this and so much more by taking part in the Colors of Christmas. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Jonesborough’s Progressive Dinner. Over 40 years, the Progressive Dinner has celebrated historic homes, the community, and their stories. In 2017, this tradition continues, but with a twist. This 40 year holiday tradition in Tennessee’s oldest town is the combination of two longstanding Jonesborough holiday offerings, the Holiday Tour of Homes and the Progressive Dinner.

Combining the two events reconnects the Heritage Alliance and Jonesborough with its early years as leaders in East Tennessee’s Historic Preservation movement. This year’s event allows the opportunity to focus on the restoration of buildings which does more than repair old walls and ceilings; it rebuilds connections, strengthens community and restores the spirit.

Colors of Christmas opens 8 historic structures, each decorated in holiday finery, storytellers and musicians are featured in various locations during portions of the evening. During Colors of Christmas, you can partake in “An Elegant Repast,” a delectable four-course meal set in another of Jonesborough’s historic buildings. Elaborate entertainment will fill the space between courses, keeping the holiday spirit refreshed and relaxed.

The Heritage Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of the architectural, historical, and cultural heritage of our region and to providing educational experiences related to history and heritage for a wide range of audiences. “This Holiday event is our main fundraiser”, says Heritage Alliance Director Deborah Montanti. “We make every attempt to keep all of our programs, but especially our K-12 Field trips easily affordable. We sincerely believe that no child should be turned away from a heritage educational opportunity due to lack of funds. It is important work and we are honored to accomplish it. But we can’t do it without the support of our community.”

 

As the end of 2017 is nearing, over 23,000 individuals have taken part in Heritage Alliance programs and/ or services. In many cases these programs are either free or extremely affordable to the public. Programs like the Oak Hill School Heritage Education Experience allow a child to reach back to a time when the classroom was a very different place. It creates connections with grandparents and great grandparents in a way a child can see and touch. The Heritage Alliance’s cemetery preservation efforts help individuals across the region find ways to honor and care for their own sacred spaces. In addition, Heritage Alliance’s community outreach programs bring programs directly to Senior Citizens, rural schools and groups of all ages.

Come home to Jonesborough for the holidays and take part in the Colors of Christmas which will be held on December 2. The tour will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and your choice of dinner at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.

You can experience Colors of Christmas in a variety of ways, including tour and dinner $90, dinner only $80, tour only $15 as well as Heritage Alliance Members receiving a special rate. Ticket prices will increase after Nov. 14. This year’s event is a guaranteed sell out, so secure your reservations today. Proceeds support a variety of free family events throughout the year, in addition to Heritage Alliance programs.

Get tickets at Jonesborough.com/tickets or call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at (423) 753.1010

   

 

Nov 16 Final History Happy Hour of 2017

Come join the Heritage Alliance and the Chester Inn on November 16th for our last History Happy Hour in 2017! Join us as Dr. Angela Keaton from the Tusculum History Department discusses regional material culture. This event will be held on Thursday November 16th at 6:30 pm in the Chester Inn Museum in Jonesborough. It is free and open to the public and includes light refreshments.

For more information on the Chester Inn Museum, History Happy Hour, or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580 or the Chester Inn Museum at 423.753.4580.  You can also contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org.  Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/. Be sure to follow the Chester Inn and Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about events at the Chester Inn and other Heritage Alliance programs.