Jonesborough Genealogical Society to Publish Book on Early Washington County Settlers

“The Jonesborough Genealogical Society invites you to participate in their Early Settlers of Washington County Tennessee Project.  We are compiling records on those who came to our area during the early years.  The project will feature three important time periods; (pre) 1768 through 1777, 1778 through 1787, and 1788 through 1799 with an estimated 1,500 settlers in the area by 1800.

Our intent is to publish a three volume set of books.  Each book will explore the people, the places they settled, the politics of the day and other important information as can be found about each of the families.

The first phase of the project will feature those who came prior to 1778.  By our count, there are over 500 documented persons who were in the area by this time.  We will also online casino highlight the fact that prior to settlement in the 1760’s the area was inhabited by the Cherokee and other important tribes.

If you had ancestors who settled in our area prior to 1799 and would like to be included in any of the books, please contact us by email at : or by mail at Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee, Jonesborough Genealogical Society, 200 Sabin Drive, Jonesborough, Tennessee37659.  Submissions are now being accepted.  More information about how to submit your family’s history can be found on our website at

Don’t despair if your ancestors came a little later.  In addition to our Early Settlers of Washington County publications, we are offering an Early Settler Certificate  program to everyone who had ancestors in the area prior to 1840 and can prove they are related to them.  Details of this project can be found on our website at

Honor your family by including them in our publications.  We hope to hear from you soon!”

Washington County Courthouse Centennial

Come celebrate 100 years of the Washington County Courthouse on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11.  Washington County is the oldest county in Tennessee, and the Courthouse has always played a pivotal role.  The current Courthouse was built in 1912 and opened in 1913 to great fanfare.  Washington County plans to honor this legacy 100 years later!  Please join us for a fun-filled and family friendly weekend.

Saturday, August 10

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Discovering Your Roots

Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host a workshop on family research at the Jonesborough/Washington casino online County Library.  They will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Historic re-enactors, craftsmen (blacksmith, long rifle, Oldsmobiles, etc.), tractors and more on Courthouse Square!

5:00 pm – Birthday cake and speeches in honor of the Courthouse.  Telford Ruritan will be serving BBQ for $8.00 a plate.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Free concert from country recording artist Trey Hensley and the Trey Hensley Band.

9:00 pm – Movies on Main presents Harry and the Hendersons.  There will also be a Bigfoot Scavenger Hunt and maybe even a Sasquatch sighting.

Sunday, August 11

1:30 pm – Appearing on the steps of the Courthouse, David Crockett”s Madrigal Singers, the JPC Community Children”s Choir, and the Gay Whitt School of Dance

2:00 pm – “The Home of the Brave,” a musical featuring over 100 voices in a combined choir from eight area churches, actors, instrumentalists, and dancers.  Special tribute to 9/11.  Directed by Cherry Smith.

The event is sponsored by Johnson City Honda, with media sponsorship provided by the Herald & Tribune.


Lecture Series on Abraham Lincoln at the Reece Museum

The Reece Museum is offering a free public lecture series in conjunction with the temporary exhibit Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.

The lecture series begins on June 14 at 6:00pm with Dr. Stephen W. Berry”s presentation, “Words Fitly Spoken.”  Dr. Berry is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia.  His work focuses on the reactions and responses of the men and women who lived during and after the Civil War and includes All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South and Weirding the War:  Stories From the Civil War”s Ragged Edges. 

Three additional public lectures will be offered in June and July:

June 20 at 5:30pm – Dr. Tom Lee, Associate Professor of History at ETSU, will present “”Bid War”s Infernal Carnage Cease:” Thomas A. R. Nelson, the Constitution, and Secession in East Tennessee.”

July 11 at 5:30pmcasino online Dr. Steven Nash, Assistant Professor of History at ETSU, will present “”A New Birth of Freedom in the Southern Mountains;” Emancipation in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.”

July 18 at 5:30pm – Dr. Andrew Slap, Associate Professor of History at ETSU will present “Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson and the Constitution in the Civil War Era.”

Please join us at the Reece Museum for one or all of these engaging, FREE, public lectures!  Brochures about the event are available at the Chester Inn Museum and more information can be located on the Reece Museum”s website.

The special exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, will be on display at the Reece Museum from June 12 through July 26.

Oak Hill Needle Arts School

While we often think of Heritage Preservation in terms of architecture, there is also a need to preserve and promote the more ephemeral aspects of our heritage, including traditional crafts and arts. Especially those areas often seen as “women’s work” have tended to be set aside and devalued by our society.  Preservation of our whole heritage needs to include preserving and passing on those skills, as well as buildings and old machinery.  In our hurried and isolated 21st century lives, many women and men wish they’d had opportunity to learn some traditional handwork—whether to make gifts or just to keep their hands busy while watching TV or attending children’s sports practices. Hobbies that produce functional and beautiful items have, historically, been valued and practiced in our geographic region.  Oak Hill Needle Arts School will be preserving and passing on traditional needle arts, while presenting them in contemporary applications. Class offerings will include knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, among others. Classes will be small in size (3-6 students per class), and meet for limited sessions, providing instruction from the most basic to more advanced skills and projects.  The goal is to foster love for needle arts, by providing encouragement, fun and useful projects, and expert technical instruction. 50% of all class tuitions will also help to support ongoing maintenance and programming at the Oak Hill School.

Saturday classes are open to anyone 12 years old or older, on a first-come, first-served basis, until each class is full. Pre-registration and payment of class tuition is required, to ensure small classes and optimal student to teacher ratio.

All classes will take place in the historic Oak Hill Schoolhouse, with the first “summer term” starting on Saturdays in June, 2013.  In an effort to make traditional arts accessible to all, tuition will be at the basic rate of $10 per 90 minute session, half of which supports Oak Hill School.

Deb Burger, founding teacher and Jonesborough resident, is a Heritage Alliance member, a Professional Member of the Crochet Guild of America, and a member of The Knitting Guild of America. She has published 2 books of crochet instruction and designs, and has over 20 years experience teaching various textile arts to all ages, including several years at the John C. Campbell Folk School.  The full schedule and class descriptions can be found below.

Schedule (dates and times are also included on the site”s calendar page)

June 8:

11AM-1PM (bring a sack lunch to eat during the half-hour break) Beginning Continental Knitting, session 1 of 2.

1:30-3:00 Intermediate Knitting: All About I-Cord (1 session)

June 15:

11AM-1PM (bring a sack lunch to eat during the half-hour break) Beginning Continental Knitting, session 2 of 2.

1:30-3:00  Beginning Crochet, session 1 of 3

June 22:

11AM-1PM (bring a sack lunch to eat during the half-hour break) Advanced Beginner Crochet: Granny Squares – 1 session

1:30-3:00  Beginning Crochet, session 2 of 3

3:15-4:45  Beginning Counted Cross Stitch Embroidery (session 1 of 2)

June 29:

11AM-1PM (bring a sack lunch to eat during the half-hour break) Advanced Beginner Knitting: Super Stretchy Cast-On and Super Stretchy Bind-Off

1:30-3:00  Beginning Crochet, session 3 of 3

3:15- 4:45  Beginning Counted Cross Stitch, session 2 of 2

Class Descriptions:

Beginning Continental Knitting—“Continental” is the style of  best online casino knitting used throughout Europe and Asia, in which the yarn is held in the left hand, requiring much less hand movement to make every stitch. It lends itself to efficient knitting, even tension, and makes colorwork techniques much simpler.  It’s a great idea for most knitters to be able to work both “English” style (yarn in right hand) and Continental, although English is what’s usually taught in America. This class, for both absolute beginners and English knitters who’d like to broaden their horizons, will consist of 2  90 minute sessions. Skills taught will include Long tail cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding off.  Each student will learn to read simple knitting patterns, and will make a ribbed neckwarmer, or “scarflette”. Tuition: $20, and plan to spend $10- 15 on needles and yarn. 2 sessions, 6/8 & 6/15; 11AM to 1 PM, bring sack lunch).

Beginning Crochet—This class for absolute beginners will teach the basic stitches and the language of written crochet patterns.  The class consists of 3 90 minute sessions, and includes: chain foundation, single crochet, double crochet, turning chains and edging.  Students will make an eyelet neck warmer, using all the basic stitches.  Both left- and right-handed students are welcome. Tuition: $30, and plan to spend $7- 15 on hook and yarn. 3 Sessions: 6/15, 6/22 & 6/29, 1:30 – 3PM.

Beginning Counted Cross-Stitch—An introduction for absolute beginners, this class will teach students how to read and use a cross stitch chart, stitch technique for single color and multi-color projects, and each student will create a sachet pillow with embroidered front and back.  Tuition: $20, plus $5 materials kit(paid separately to teacher). 2 Sessions, 6/22 & 6/29, 3:15 – 4:45PM.

Super Stretchy Cast-On and Bind-Off, for Advanced Beginner knitters (and above). This single-session class will revolutionize your knitting, enabling you to cast-on and bind-off edges that are as stretchy as the fabric you create between them—no more stiff, tight edges, reliable cuffs for socks and sweater sleeves, blankets that lay flat! Because we only cast-on and bind-off when beginning and ending projects, it’s easy to forget the details before next time they’re needed; so class handouts will provide a written reminder of the techniques taught and practiced in class.  No project, just a practice swatch.  Tuition: $10, no extra cost (you’ll use your scrap yarn and favorite needles). 1 Session, 6/29, 11AM- 1PM (bring a sack lunch).

Granny Squares for Advanced Beginner Crocheters—If you can do the chain stitch and double crochet you can master this most famous and beloved crochet pattern motif.  The class will teach the logic of working from center out, with corner increases, changing colors, and joining squares together. Each student will make a 5-Granny Hat. Class handouts will also give lots of other ideas for projects with Granny Squares. Tuition: $10, plan to spend $10-$15 for yarn. 1 session: 6/22, 11AM to 1PM, bring a sack lunch.

All About I-Cord for Advanced Beginner and Intermediate Knitters—I-Cord is one of those techniques that seems scary and difficult….. until you learn the simple knack of it. Then a world of possibilities (drawstrings, purse handles, jewelry,tailored sweater edgings…) opens up!  We will first learn to make plain i-cord, in several stitch diameters, and then an applied i-cord edging or bind-off for “finishing” other knitted projects. The class project is a set of feltable coasters with i-cord edging, and i-cord loops for hanging up neatly. Tuition: $10, expect to spend $7 to 10 for yarn. 1 Session, 6/8 1:30 – 3PM.

Bid Package Available for 129 E Main

In their meeting of March 14th, 2013 the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia approved a process for the sale and preservation of the donated historic building located at 129 E Main Street, Jonesborough, TN.  The Heritage Alliance is advertising the purchase of the building in accordance with its mission online casino “To Preserve and Promote the Architectural, Historical and Cultural Resources of our Region.”  A bid package can be obtained at the office of the Heritage Alliance located 212 E. Sabin Dr. Jonesborough, TN 37659, (423) 753-9580 or at the website: .  Sealed bids in accordance with the provisions of the bid package shall be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday April 15, 2013.  To access the bid package, click here.

Preservation Awards 2013 – Nominations Open!

The Heritage Alliance is now accepting applications for the 2013 Preservation Awards!  The official nomination form and guidelines can be accessed by clicking here.  Nomination forms must be postmarked by April 1, 2013 to receive consideration for this online slots year”s awards.  The ceremony will be held on a Thursday in late May or early June, date TBD.  We hope you will nominate any worthy projects, groups, or organizations who have made great strides in the field of preservation over the past year.

Use PayPal to Renew Membership!!!

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Humanities organizations often suffer first when appropriations shrink or large companies reduce corporate giving, but the Heritage Alliance cannot allow our programs to stagnate.

We thank you for your support and are excited about the future of the Heritage Alliance!