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Heritage Alliance Receives Funding for History Detective Kits

Nancy Kavanagh, of the Wild Women of Jonesborough, presented The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with a check for $300 at their annual meeting on January 30, 2020. The contribution fully funded a new program, entitled “History Detectives,” which allows local youth to learn more about the past by analyzing historical artifacts.



In 2019, the Heritage Alliance served over 36,000 people, including local residents and out-of-town visitors. Specifically, 850 youth benefited from the organization’s educational initiatives, not including school groups, historical tours, or special programs. The Wild Women of Jonesborough generously provided monies to purchase new “History Detective” kits, enabling kids to experience a more thorough, thoughtful, and hands-on object lab. With the new and improved materials, The Heritage Alliance will be able to serve up to 40 students per hour and the program is available for classrooms, homeschool groups, community centers, Girl/Boy Scout troops, and more. The History Detective initiative is mobile, allowing Heritage Alliance staff to bring historic artifacts directly to participants.




Now, the Heritage Alliance staff can spark young peoples’ interest in history from anywhere!


This project is offered through the Heritage Alliance and generously funded by the Wild Women of Jonesborough.


For more information on the History Detectives program or the Heritage Alliance please call our office at 423.753.9580. You can also contact the organization via email at  Additional information about the Heritage Alliance and its mission can be found online at Be sure to follow the Heritage Alliance Facebook pages for updates about History Detectives and other Heritage Alliance programs.