DeVault Tavern Exhibition at Reece Museum

A full slate of events will accompany the DeVault Tavern Exhibition at the Reece Museum, including panel discussions, historic preservation workshops, family history workshops, and lectures on the transportation revolution in  East Tennessee.  For a full listing of the events, please click here.  Read more about the DeVault Tavern below.
“The DeVault Tavern, a U.S. National Register of Historic Places listing, is located approximately five miles west of Jonesborough in the community of Leesburg. The two-story brick tavern was built in 1819-1821 by Frederick DeVault (spelled Davault at that time).  As its name suggests, the house originally served as a way station and inn along the region’s primary stagecoach route, until the new railroad bypassed Leesburg in 1857 in favor of Jonesborough.  Even after the house was a “tavern” in name only, it continued to anchor a working farm of 200 acres until the early 1960s.

By the 20th century, historians, journalists and preservationists had begun to recognize the DeVault Tavern as a unique regional landmark.  Its layout is a puzzling maze — four staircases lead to separated second-floor rooms, with a fifth stairwell to the attic. The original decorative scheme of faux-grained woodwork survives largely intact. The family held onto the Tavern until the house was finally sold to parties outside of the family in 2009.

Kennedy, a Brooklyn-based artist who grew up in Jonesborough, began photographing and researching the DeVault Tavern in December 2009, just after its sale, and has continued to make photographs as the new owners began a gradual restoration.

After the sale of the property, an extensive archive was discovered in the house — a trove of more than 1,100 items — including photographs, letters, ledger books, diaries and other material, spanning the Tavern’s entire history.  The Tavern’s new owners have promised to donate these materials to the ETSU Archives of Appalachia, another unit of CASS.  This collection of archival material makes it possible to tell a detailed story of the daily experiences of the people who lived in the house and worked in its landscape.

For the exhibition, Kennedy will take on the dual role of artist and guest curator, designing an installation and writing interpretive labels that will evoke the detective-like process of archival research and investigation.

Twenty of his large, framed photographs will serve as the exhibition’s “establishing shots,” introducing the house and landscape as theatrical spaces replete with evidence.

Specially selected archival material from the Tavern collection will be displayed in table cases, on hooded pedestals, and in small frames on the walls, along with research material drawn from other sources, such as census forms, photos, transcribed letters and maps.  The installation will also include six pieces of museum-quality antique furniture that originally belonged in the Tavern.  These pieces of furniture will be displayed with other objects and images as “still life” listening stations where visitors can hear excerpts of oral history interviews with DeVault family members.

A book-length, scholarly and artistic publication will extend the exhibition with additional photographs and archival material, a text by the artist, and scholarly essays by both Dr. Tom Lee, an associate professor in the ETSU Department of History, and Diana C. Stoll, based in Asheville, N.C., a writer and longtime editor for the Aperture Foundation.  Public programming will be an integral part of the three-month exhibit and will include lectures, panel discussions and workshops.

According to CASS Director Dr. Roberta Herrin, “We are grateful for this first-ever National Endowment for the Arts grant (for ETSU as an institution) and excited about ‘The DeVault Tavern’ exhibition.  The collective community memory and lore surrounding the Tavern make it a major point of interest, and the exhibit and programming will be of interest to local residents because it connects to their personal lives and family history. The exhibit is also noteworthy because it uses local history as a gateway to art.”

Kennedy’s DeVault Tavern project is similar to his earlier photograph series that traced the recent history of the 19th century Wells-Smith House, also known as the Sabin House, in Jonesborough. That series of more than 300 photographs documents the development of three buildings — the old house, a new house built from reclaimed Wells-Smith House materials at the corner of Washington and College streets in Jonesborough, and a hotel built on the home’s original site.  The series is documented in Kennedy’s book, “The end of the day” (Darling Publications, Cologne, Germany, 2009).

“The DeVault Tavern” exhibition will run at the Reece Museum from Sept. 11-Dec. 11.  For more information about the exhibition, please phone the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.”

Information for this post provided by CASS at ETSU.  To read the full article, click here.

Oak Hill School Open for Jonesborough Days 2014

Jonesborough Days 2014 is right around the corner!  As a part of this year”s festivities, Oak Hill School will be open for tours on Thursday, July 3rd, Friday, July 4th, and Saturday, July 5th from 11:00-1:00.  Meet Schoolmarm Miller and get a taste of what rural school life was like in the late 1800s.  At 11:00 on Thursday, July 3rd and at 2:00 on Friday, July 4th, Oak Hill School will receive a special visit from Mother Goose and her friend Canada.  She will share nursery rhymes and stories in a show that is appropriate for online casino all ages.  You won”t want to miss visiting this historic schoolhouse!  To access the full Jonesborough Days program of events, click here.

Marjorie Shaefer as Mother Goose    OHS int

Early Settlers of Washington County, TN Order Form and Sponsorships

From the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, “The Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee Project is to document all early settlers of Washington County, Tennessee from 1768 to 1799, and publish a three volume set of books about these settlers. The Early Setters of Washington County, Tennessee Certificate Program accepts applications from descendants of early settlers of Washington County, Tennessee from 1768 to 1840.”

The first volume, Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee: 1768-1777 is available for pre-order now!  You can also casino online help the project by purchasing a sponsorship.  Sponsorships advertisements will be included in the final book.  To access the order form and the sponsorship form, please click here.

For more information on this amazing project, visit the Jonesborough Genealogical Society homepage!

“Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality.”

Great news from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Green Lab!

Per the National Trust: “Today, the National Trust’s Preservation Green Lab released a groundbreaking report, “Older, Smaller, Better:  Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality.”  The product of more than a year of research led by the National Trust’s Green Lab staff, with support from an international team of project collaborators, the report provides statistical evidence of the unique and valuable role that older and smaller buildings play in the health and prosperity of our cities.

This research represents the most complete empirical test of theories first articulated by Jane Jacobs in her 1961 book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Based on data gathered from San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC, オンライン カジノ the report brings Jacobs’ theories forward into the 21st century, reconfirming their validity at a time of renewed focus on cities and urban development. The report also establishes a first-of-its-kind methodology for assessing the performance of our built environment. It provides a new framework for measuring the economic and social sustainability of buildings and neighborhoods, along with environmental outcomes.”

To view the entire report, follow the Green Lab link above.  To read more articles about the report and how it can help preservation efforts in your community, click here and here.

Now and Then: Throwback Thursday Photo Exchange Submission Guidelines

We’d love to include your photos in the Throwback Thursday Photo Exchange!

All photos sent to the Heritage Alliance will be displayed in an exhibit in the Chester Inn Museum in September of this year.

Criteria:

Photos must be from the Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia region.

Photos must be at least 20 years old or older.

How To:

Take an old photo and find the exact location where it was taken, or as close to the exact location as you can get. (Please remember, safety comes first!)

Hold the old photo up in front of the modern landscape and take a picture of the old against the new. (Note: It may help to use just a portion of the picture, like one half of it.)

In order to not damage the older photos, you may want to scan them and print the image off on something more durable like cardstock and use that version to create your Now and Then photo.

Once you have your Now and Then photo, please email it to the Heritage Alliance online casino at info@heritageall.org. You can also post it to our Facebook wall with the hashtag #heritagetbt. Photos that are emailed to us will also be shared on the Heritage Alliance’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

We would love for you to share these photos on your own Facebook and Instagram accounts with the hashtag #heritagetbt. This way, we can track your photos and view them, but only photos that are emailed to us or posted on the Heritage Alliance Facebook page will be included in the exhibit come September.

Information to Include with Your Photo Submission(s):

  • Your Name
  • Best Way to Contact You (email or phone) about the September Exhibit
  • Location of the Photo
  • Date of Original Photo
  • Any Important Landmarks
  • Any Story or Significant Information You’d Like to Share about the Photo.

Thank you for participating in our Throwback Thursday project! We look forward to seeing what you have to share!

Please follow us on Facebook (Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia) and Instagram (Heritage Alliance) as we take this throwback journey down memory lane together!

*By participating in the Now and Then: Throwback Thursday Photo Exchange, you grant permission to the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to use your photos in any future exhibits.

Example Photos:

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Now and Then: Throwback Thursday Photo Exchange

The Heritage Alliance announces a new public initiative to collect and display old and historical photos of the region by superimposing old images into our modern landscapes. We encourage residents throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to share your family photos, vacation photos, and others that feature our region that are at least 20 years old. For examples, how to instructions, and submission guidelines, please visit our website at www.heritageall.org.

Every Thursday starting May 1, 2014, the Heritage Alliance will be posting our own historical photos to our Facebook page for Throwback Thursday. These old photos will be superimposed over the same location to show what the town looked like then versus now. The Now and Then: Throwback Thursday Photo Exchange will feature some of Jonesborough’s most popular images, as well as never before seen photos from the Jonesborough/Washington County Archives.

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We want this project to showcase more than just Jonesborough, so please help us out by sharing your photos! Email them to us at info@heritageall.org, post them to online slots our Facebook wall with the hashtag #heritagetbt, orshare them on your Instagram account with the hashtag #heritagetbt! An exhibit of all the participating photos will be displayed in the Chester Inn Museum, a State owned Historic Site, this coming September. To view the photos online, like our Facebook page (Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia) or follow our Instagram account (Heritage Alliance).

The Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia 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. The Chester Inn Museum is a State Owned Historic Site Operated by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  The operation of the Chester Inn is partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation – Tennessee Historical Commission. For more information, please call our office at 423.753.9580 or contact the organization via email at info@heritageall.org. Further information can also be found online at http://www.heritageall.org/.

Storytelling Workshop – Hidden Memory: Ideas for Your Family History Project

Where did your family come from? What stories do they tell? Few things are more meaningful than exploring your own family history.  Anne Shimojima gives tips on interviewing family members and demonstrates how she created her own family project, including a hardbound book of best online casino photographs, digital slide shows, and a DVD for each family member.  A handout includes resources on genealogy, oral history, and ways to preserve your family’s memories.

A respected workshop leader, Shimojima has presented at festivals and conferences across the country.

For tickets or more information call (800) 952-8392 or (423) 913-1276.

For more information on the workshop and Anne, please click here.  You can also view and print the workshop flyer by clicking here.

Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road

The Heritage Alliance, in cooperation with the International Storytelling Center, will host a free evening of history and discussion surrounding the life and legacy of John Newton, writer of the popular Christian hymn “Amazing Grace”.  Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road featuring Marylynn Rouse from the John Newton Project will take place at the International Storytelling Center on April 10 at 7 p.m.

Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road  will focus on Newton’s life and conversion from a captain of English slave trading vessels in the 1770s, to a devote cleric and hymn composer who became a prominent supporter of the abolition of slavery.  Newton’s battle to put an end to England’s involvement with the Atlantic slave trade came to a head in 1807, the same year as his death. Leading thinkers in America were struggling with the issue of slavery during this same time period and Newton’s influence can be seen here as casino well. In Jonesborough, never the scene of a large enslaved population, his influence is most evident in Elihu Embree’s publication, “The Emancipator”.

Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road will provide additional context for the larger world view surrounding the battle to abolish slavery and Jonesborough’s stance on the issue during that time.

Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road is a free, ticketed event. Tickets are available at The International Storytelling Center. As seating is limited, advanced tickets are encouraged. For more information on this program, please contact the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580 or visit www.heritageall.org.

Amazing Grace on the Wilderness Road in Jonesborough on the 10th will coincide with the U.S. premiere of the musical event, “Handel’s Messiah: A Celebration of God’s Amazing Grace” taking place at Milligan College on April 12th and April 13th. This event will include multiple choirs from throughout the area. Tickets are available by contacting the Milligan College bookstore at 423.461.8733.

 

Discovering Pathways to Archival Research

There”s still room and time left to register for the Discovering Pathways to Archival Research Symposium taking place on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26.  Click to see the front and inside of the brochure for the two casino online day program.  Topics will include “Beginning Land Platting”, “Finding Your Landless Ancestors”, “Peeking Behind the Scenes of the Tennessee State Library and Archives” and much, much more!  To register for the conference, please click here for the official registration form.  More information on this amazing event and fundraiser for the Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives can be found at http://washingtoncountytnarchives.wordpress.com/events/.

Register now!  You won”t want to miss this amazing opportunity!

A Sojourn in Jonesborough – Original Play Premiere on March 27th!!!

It’s 1856 and you’re stuck with your family on vacation in a small town called Jonesborough . . . what in the world are you going to do?  Annette Broadacre and her family are on a journey south for the winter.  When they reach Jonesborough, the women of the family elect to stay behind, while the men continue on to Roan Mountain.  But what can Jonesborough possibly have to offer a young woman who’s accustomed to much larger cities?  Will the town win her over and change her perceptions?  And what kind of gossip, legends, and stories will she pick up on the streets of Tennessee’s oldest town?  Find out on March 27th at 7:00 PM with the premier of A Sojourn in Jonesborough.

A Sojourn in Jonesborough Publicity Shot  Photo by Peter Montanti of Mountain Photographics, Inc.

This one-woman play, written by Anne G’Fellers-Mason, will perform at the International Storytelling Center March 27th at 7:00 PM, followed by refreshments, music, and a talk-back session with the playwright.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, and proceeds will help further the mission online casino of the Heritage Alliance.  Seating is limited in the storytelling theater. Advance tickets are recommended and are available by phone at 423.753.9580, by email at info@heritageall.org, and in person at the Heritage Alliance office at 212 East Sabin Drive in Jonesborough.

A Sojourn in Jonesborough is based on a serial story that ran in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine from 1857-1858.  An enjoyable mix of humor and fact, the piece received rave reviews from its past performances, but this will be the play’s premiere event for the larger public.  You won’t want to miss this spectacular evening of entertainment!