Victorian Holiday Celebrations at the Chester Inn Museum

Join us at the Chester Inn Museum this holiday season to add some 19th Century flair to your celebrations!

 

This year we are featuring four special programs at the museum. On Saturday, November 27 we will be hosting a reading of Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” in our restored parlor room. We will also feature holiday items from our archival collection and talk about the history of Victorian holiday celebration practices. The readings will be at 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, and 2:45. Each reading will be approximately 45 minutes.

 

On Friday, December 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, the museum will be a stop on the Town of Jonesborough’s Downtown at Dusk event. Visitors can see our restored rooms fully decorated in Victorian holiday style while enjoying seasonal food and drink. Tickets for Downtown at Dusk are available at Jonesborough.com/tickets.  On Saturday, December 11th from 11:00 to 3:00 pm, the museum will have living Victorian Christmas cards. Visitors can take photos with our holiday décor and with our tour guides dressed in Victorian attire—the perfect touch for holiday cards! We will also have a camera on hand and visitors can donate $3 for a digital file copy of a photograph from our photographer.

 

In addition to our programs we will have 19th century holiday decorations on display in our restored parlor, dining, and lodging rooms, beginning the first week of December. The museum is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays in November and December, as well as from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. It is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. There is no charge for admission to the museum or guided tours, and the museum operates on donations. The museum will be closed from December 21st through December 31st, and will be open by appointment only in January and February.

 

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information on the Chester Inn Museum 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.

Job Opportunity: Project Archivist, Photograph Collection

212 E Sabine Dr, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Office Phone: (423) 753-9580

General Inquiries: info@heritageall.org

Office Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Call for Applications: Project Archivist, Photograph Collection Position

Limited Duration Appointment – Project Archivist, Photograph Collection

 

Duration

December 2021 to May 2022

 

Compensation

$4,000.00 (Payment will be broken into monthly installments based on start date.)

 

Position Summary

The Heritage Alliance currently has an opening in our archival department for a temporary project archivist to organize, preserve, and manage access to our historic photograph collection. Specifically, the individual in this position will process, digitize, and upload historic photograph materials to a public-interfacing platform and create complementary meta-data for each item. The photo collection archivist will report to the Programming Coordinator and the Executive Director, and their efforts will improve access to our free online digital archive for the general public. This is a limited duration, grant-funded position. This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

 

Company Overview

The Heritage Alliance is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001. We are 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.

 

Responsibilities

  • Prepare historic photographic material for processing and digitization.
  • Work with both physical and electronic records and with content management software.
  • Organize, arrange, describe, and track progress on this project.
  • Make judgments based on professional standards, records retention policies and departmental policies about processing decisions.
  • Work with new and existing collections in a wide variety of formats.
  • Work with content management software.
  • Digitize and catalog photographs for the online digital archive based on institutional priorities using a variety of technologies.
  • Ensure accuracy of digital archive metadata.
  • Maintain professional best practices for collections processing, storage, handling, and use.
  • Manage, execute, and track third-party image use paperwork.

Qualifications

Required

  • College Degree
  • Relevant experience, such as working in a library or archives environment
  • Ability to work independently and unattended by following established policies and procedures
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to balance multiple tasks and set priorities
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and prioritization skills
  • Ability to learn and use new software and systems
  • Knowledge of digitization standards and best practices for photograph collections
  • Experience with industry-standard DAM systems and metadata standards
  • Proficiency with photography scanning hardware
  • Proficiency with photographic editing software
  • Proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software

Preferred

  • Degree in a relevant field (Library and Information Science, Archival Studies, Museum Studies, Public History, Photography)
  • Working knowledge and understanding of best practices related to the daily operations of a special collections or archives.
  • Experience working with photographic collections in a museum, library, archive, or in a production/research capacity
  • Knowledge of copyright laws pertaining to photography
  • Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly use of archival collections and of current developments in the field
  • Knowledge of archival content, structure, and metadata standards

 

Conditions of Employment

Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends. Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must pass a background check prior to hiring.

 

Application Process

All applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation from at least two professional references to the Executive Director of the Heritage Alliance, Anne G’Fellers-Mason, at amason@heritageall.org. Please submit a complete application by Tuesday, November 30. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Note to Applicants

The Heritage Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome all qualified candidates to apply for any open position at our institution. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Heritage Alliance is a drug-free workplace. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification.

 

PDF of Application and Instructions.

 

Progressive Dinner Celebrates 43rd Year on December 4th

The magic of Tennessee’s oldest town comes alive during the Progressive Dinner hosted by the Heritage Alliance. This year’s dinner takes place on the evening of Saturday, December 4th. Multiple seating times are available at 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:40 pm.

 

Now in its 43rd year, the Progressive Dinner is a unique event, combining fine food, rich history, and great entertainment. Proceeds from the Progressive Dinner help ensure that the educational programs of the Heritage Alliance remain accessible to a wide range of audiences. Proceeds from this year’s event will help with preservation and maintenance projects at the Oak Hill Schoolhouse. Even though many students have been unable to visit the schoolhouse the past year and a half, the historic building still has needs.

 

This year, the evening begins at the Chuckey Depot Museum. This beautifully restored train depot is Jonesborough’s newest museum and it shares the history of the town of Chuckey and the railroad in Northeast Tennessee. The soup course takes place in a pre-Civil War frame house on Woodrow Avenue that was once a school. Dinner will be served at the McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School, and dessert will take place in a beautifully restored home on East Main Street that has never been featured on the dinner before.

 

The Colors of Christmas Progressive Dinner has become a traditional start to the holiday season for many people throughout East Tennessee and surrounding states. Seasonal music by several of our area’s finest musicians, including the ever popular Jonesborough Novelty Band, gourmet food, memorable camaraderie and great fun are the hallmarks of this popular event.  This event typically sells out, so make sure you get your tickets today!

 

Ticket price is $100.00 per person and proceeds go toward the educational programs of the Heritage Alliance. Seating is limited. On-line ticketing through the Town of Jonesborough is available at jonesborough.com/tickets. You can also make a reservation by calling (423) 753-1010. If you would like to make a reservation for a table of 6 or more, please contact the Heritage Alliance directly.

 

The Heritage Alliance will continue to monitor CDC guidelines in regards to the Covid19 pandemic and events. If we need to cancel this event for health reasons, we will do so two weeks in advance.

Original Play “Nancy” to be performed at Washington College Academy on November 13th

– In 1820, Elihu Embree published his newspaper The Emancipator on Main Street, Jonesborough. The seven edition paper is the first publication dedicated solely to the cause of abolitionism. Embree passed away in December of 1820, and the paper died with him. Even though it was short-lived, The Emancipator had over 2,000 subscribers and its reach went all the way to Boston and Philadelphia. In spite of his abolitionist beliefs, Embree himself was an enslaver. Nancy was an enslaved woman owned by Elihu Embree, and her story will be shared at Washington College Academy on November 13th in an original play entitled “Nancy.”

 

Written by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, Executive Director of the Heritage Alliance, “Nancy” follows a year in the woman’s life, from January 1820 when Elihu Embree wrote his will to January 1821 when his will was read before the Washington County court. In his will, Embree tried to free Nancy and her five children, but were his wishes carried out? What was Nancy feeling and thinking during this time? The play is based on primary research relying heavily on documents from the Washington County Archives. The role of Nancy will be performed by local actress Ubunibi-Afia Short. “Nancy” premiered on June 19th at the Embree House Historic Farm to three, sold out audiences.

 

“It is an honor to bring the show to Washington College Academy, the oldest college in the state,” Mason says. “We are very excited to partner with them.” The performance at 6:00 pm on November 13th will be a fundraiser for the Washington College Academy Alumni and the Heritage Alliance. The show will be performed in the historic Girls’ Dormitory on the campus. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased directly through Washington College Academy by calling 423-257-5151 or by emailing their office at washingtoncollegeacademy@gmail.com.  Seating is limited to only 50 people, so make sure you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting Washington College Academy’s website at www.wca1780.com.

 

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, visit our website at heritageall.org or call our office at 423-753-9580.

 

Washington College Academy is now home to the Washington College Academy School of Arts and Crafts. It is becoming known as a center for the arts where the forms of artistic talents are as diverse as the mountain leaves. It is a diverse heritage that draws students and friends to campus. Washington College is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a class at Washington College Academy School of Arts and Crafts and be a part of their ongoing history. For more information call their office at 423-257-5151 or visit their website at www.wca1780.com.

History Happy Hour Gets Macabre In-Person on October 21st

What better time of year to explore the history of death and mourning than October?

 

Join us as we welcome Roberta Pipitone for her presentation, ““19th Century American Mourning Rules, Customs, and Symbolism.” Ms. Pipitone was a theatre teacher for 30 years, but she has been a collector and researcher of all things mourning for forty years. She also plans to bring items to accompany her presentation, including jewelry, post-mortem photos, and mourning pieces displayed in American Victorian homes. This presentation will start at 6:30 pm, and it will be in-person at the International Storytelling Center, located next door to the Chester Inn Museum. This presentation will also be available via livestream on the Chester Inn’s Facebook page. It is presented by the Heritage Alliance and produced independently of the International Storytelling Center. It is also free and open to the public!

 

This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.

True and Chilling Tales Tours in Jonesborough this October

Come and learn some truly chilling history in Jonesborough this October. Have you ever wondered what happened to horse thieves in the late 1700s, or wanted to know why Andrew Jackson fought a duel in Jonesborough? What about a body discovered in a rain barrel in town? What’s the story behind that? Hear these very true tales and more during this unique tour that’s perfect for an October evening.

 

The True and Chilling Tales Tour will take place at 7:00 pm on October 18th, 20th, 27th, 28th, 31st, and November 1st. Your guide will lead you down Main Street with her “book of poor souls.” Mind your step, lest you end up in that book, too. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through the Town of Jonesborough’s ticketing system at jonesborough.com/tickets. The tour will last an hour. Groups are limited to only 16 people, so make sure you buy your tickets in advance. The tours will depart from the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street. The tours will go on rain or shine.

A Spot on the Hill Returns to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery in October

A Spot on the Hill, the original, research-based play returns this October to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Now celebrating its seventh season, this edition features new characters. New stories include members of the Panhorst family, John Simpson who owned the Mansion House, Spanish American War veteran William Armstrong, and Lucy Stuart who has a secret she’s been keeping.  You’ll meet them and many more! Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.

Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. There will be 2:00 p.m. matinee performances on October 16th and 23rd. We have made some changes this year in light of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, and there will be no indoor performances. Tickets are limited, and sell out fast, so make sure you buy yours today. Tickets are $8.00 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s educational programs and initiatives, including ongoing programming in Jonesborough’s historic cemeteries.

 

 

Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time. Parking is available at the First Baptist Church and downtown. It is a short walk up East Main Street to the cemetery from the First Baptist Church lot. A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who need it. This program is not suggested for children less than 10 years of age. In case of inclement weather, the show will be canceled and audience members will be notified in advance.

To purchase tickets, please call the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 423.753.1010. Tickets can also be purchased online at jonesborough.com/tickets.

Heritage Alliance Trivia Night Gets Spooky This October

The Heritage Alliance, or should we say Scare-itage Alliance is bringing its riotously fun trivia night back in October with questions to test your knowledge of all things spooky and historical!

 

Join us at the Eureka Inn in Jonesborough on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 pm for general history-based trivia questions, friendly competition, and a ton of fun! The Eureka Inn will host both events in their outside courtyard and feature a “light bites” menu.

 

Not a “history buff?” Don’t worry! These questions cover a wide range of topics and categories and include something for everyone. We will have questions about Halloween, witches, movies, and more!

 

Teams (of up to six people) can register up until the evening of the event, which will kick off at 7:00 PM and last about an hour and a half. We request that teams check in with the hosts prior to the event. Joe Spiker, Head Docent of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, and Megan Cullen Tewell, Programming Coordinator at the Heritage Alliance, will host the event, tallying points and administering prizes to the winners. The event is family-friendly and open to all ages. Cost is $5 per team, although additional donations are appreciated. This is an outdoor event (weather permitting), but we ask that you wear a mask until seated at your table, and we ask that anyone who enters the Eureka wears a mask. Costumes are encouraged.

 

You can sign your team up for trivia at Heritageall.org. The link to sign up for the event is at the top of the page. Like and follow the Heritage Alliance on Facebook for more information.

 

 

History Happy Hour Virtual Program on September 16th at 6:30

This month’s History Happy Hour will help you prepare for the start of autumn with a program about a favorite fall beverage!

 

Join us as we welcome Kim Floyd and Jeff “Puff” Irvin for their presentation, “The In-Cider’s Scoop.” They will be talking about the history of apples and cider as well as the science behind the delicious beverage. Kim Floyd is the director of the North Carolina Craft Beverage Museum, and Puff Irvin is the Director of the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College. The North Carolina Craft Beverage Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the state’s craft beverage story, and celebrates its role in building and defining a local, state, and national community. The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is designed to support the rapidly growing craft beverage industry in Western North Carolina and the Southeast by providing curriculum and non-credit courses in brewing, distilling, fermentation and related business practices.

 

This presentation will be online-only, and will be available via Zoom and Facebook live. The Zoom login information is available below. You can connect directly with the program via Zoom or watch the live stream on the Chester Inn’s Facebook page. This program is free and open to the public!

 

Topic: History Happy Hour

Time: Sep 16, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 825 0910 2750

Passcode: History

 

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This project is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Historical Commission.

Eighth Annual Constitution Week Bell Ringing at Oak Hill School

On Sunday, September 12th, the State of Franklin Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), are hosting their Eighth Annual Bell Ringing in honor of Constitution Week. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Hill School, located at 214 East Sabin Drive in Jonesborough across from the Jonesborough Public Library. The program will focus on the history of the First Amendment to the Constitution that reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The program will honor the freedom of religion with Reverend Samuel Doak’s speech at the Battle of Kings Mountain, the freedom of the press, and the freedom of assembly. Several heritage groups will be participating, including the Kings Mountain NSSAR, the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, and participation from other local chapters of the NSDAR.  Another treat of this year is the ringing of a very large locally restored antique bell cast in Ohio, and believed to have rung in church members for worship in upper East Tennessee.

 

The event will follow CDC guidelines. Social distancing will be observed on the lawn of the schoolhouse, and there is plenty of space for guests to spread out. Please bring your own chair and a bell to ring! Seating will not be provided on site. Oak Hill School is currently undergoing a restoration funded through a preservation grant from the NSDAR. The historic building was a school and a site of assembly, so it’s the perfect location to celebrate the First Amendment and the Constitution.

 

The Daughters of the American Revolution began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution.  In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.  The resolution was adopted by Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The State of Franklin Chapter of the NSDAR has been based in Jonesborough since 1929.

 

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/.