Trivia Night at Olde Towne Pancake House on June 24th

The Heritage Alliance’s riotously fun trivia night is back on Friday, June 24th at a new location!

 

Join us at the Olde Towne Pancake House in Jonesborough on Friday, June 24th at 7:00 pm for general history-based trivia questions, friendly competition, and a ton of fun! The restaurant will open at 6:00 pm that evening with a limited dinner menu for trivia participants. The Heritage Alliance will also have trivia on Friday, July 22nd.

 

Not a “history buff?” Don’t worry! Trivia questions cover a wide range of topics and categories and include something for everyone. Previous topics have included Odd Jobs, Pop Culture, Food & Drink, Sports, 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 approximately two hours. We request that teams check in with the hosts prior to the event. Joe Spiker and Megan Cullen Tewell with 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 $10.00 per team, although additional donations are appreciated.

 

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.

 

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

History Happy Hour Welcomes Back Woodworker Curtis Buchanan on June 16th

History Happy Hour is exited to welcome back master woodworker Curtis Buchanan on Thursday, June 16th at 6:30 pm!

 

The Heritage Alliance hosted Curtis in 2018 with a record breaking History Happy Hour attendance. The master woodworker will be back this June to demonstrate traditional, wooden spoon making. This program will take place outside on the patio of the International Storytelling Center. The program will begin at 6:30 pm and participants can join in-person or stream live on the Chester Inn Museum’s Facebook page. The program is free and open to the public!

 

Curtis Buchanan offers classes on traditional, woodworking techniques. His chairs, furniture, spoons, and more can be purchased throughout the area.  His Windsor Chairs are on display in the Tennessee State Museum, the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, the Tennessee State Governor’s Mansion, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. For more information, visit his website at www.curtisbuchananchairmaker.com.

 

History Happy Hour takes place on the third Thursday of the month through November at 6:30 pm. The full schedule for the year is available at heritageall.org and on the Chester Inn Museum’s Facebook page.  Put the dates on your calendar, because you never know what you’re going to learn at History Happy Hour. This program offers insightful history to the public, fosters a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increases the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place.

 

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

Entries Open for “Take the Cake Competition” at the Taste of Tennessee Festival

Strap on those aprons and heat up those ovens, folks, because it’s time to get baking! The Taste of Tennessee, the region’s premiere Appalachian food festival, is coming to downtown Jonesborough this summer. On Saturday, June 18th, the Heritage Alliance will host the first-ever in-person version of the festival from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, welcoming vendors, speakers, musicians, and more. One of the festival’s featured events is a community-wide cake-baking competition with categories for home cooks, professionals, and children. The “Take the Cake” contest welcomes participants of all culinary backgrounds and levels of expertise that have a favorite cake recipe to share!

 

 

Entries will be judged by a distinguished panel at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, including local luminaries such as Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest, and the public will be able to purchase samples of the entries after the competition. Winners will receive prizes, as well as the distinction of being a “Take the Cake” champion!

 

Think you’ve got enough flour power to cream the competition? You butter register today at www.heritageall.org/taste-of-tennessee/. Entries cost $5.00, and funds are used to benefit the Heritage Alliance’s historical and educational programs. Contact the Heritage Alliance with questions or for more information!

Now Hiring: Heritage Alliance AmeriCorps Position

Heritage Alliance AmeriCorps Position

Desired Position: 8 month contract, part time, 900 hours

Start Date: Immediately

Location: Jonesborough, TN

 

Curator/Archivist AmeriCorps Position

The Heritage Alliance is in search of an AmeriCorps participant to assist us with our archives and exhibits in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. We preserve and study a vast array of historical artifacts in our permanent collection. This position would be trained on the PastPerfect museum system and would help us accession collections and process collections. This position would also help properly clean and organize archival and museum spaces. You would learn our digitization process and help us digitize our archival images and upload them to SentryFile platform for public use. You would help us mount exhibits in the Jonesborough/Washington County Museum as well as plan new exhibitions. You would be asked to help with school groups, especially if they were doing an activity in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum. The Heritage Alliance hosts a few large events each year, many of them fundraisers, and this position would be expected to help out on event days. The bulk of the work and job would take place in the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum and our archives.

We are looking for someone who takes direction well. We need someone who can work as part of a team but can also take initiative and complete an assigned task on their own. Some of the time you would be working with a group, and sometimes you would be working on your own.

A degree in history and/or experience in the museum field is a plus, but not a requirement. An earnest interest in history is a requirement.

Preferred skills: database entry, word processing, research, organization, article writing.

This job will interact with the public off and on, especially students, so people skills are needed.

 

Appalachia Cares AmeriCorps Application – Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps Application (jotform.com)

Appalachia Cares AmeriCorps Reference Form – AmeriCorps Reference Form (jotform.com)

History Happy Hour with Black in Appalachia on May 19th

History Happy Hour is exited to host William Isom with Black in Appalachia on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 pm!

 

The Heritage Alliance has partnered with Black in Appalachia in the past, but we’ve never had them present at History Happy Hour. William Isom will talk about “Enslavement to National Emancipation: Black Data from Washington County, Tennessee 1860 – 1870.” The program will begin at 6:30 pm and participants can join in-person or stream live on the Chester Inn Museum’s Facebook page. The event will take place in the Chester Inn’s board room, located in the back addition of the building. The program is free and open to the public!

 

Black in Appalachia: Research, Education & Support is a non-profit that works in collaboration with public media, residents, university departments, libraries, archives and community organizations to highlight the history and contributions of African-Americans in the development of the Mountain South and its culture. They do that through research, local narratives, public engagement and exhibition. Black in Appalachia is a community service for Appalachian residents and families with roots in the region. William Isom is an East Tennessee native & the director of Black in Appalachia. He coordinates the project’s research, community data base development, documentary film & photography production, oral history collection, and educational events with residents. For more information, visit their website at www.blackinappalachia.org.

 

History Happy Hour takes place on the third Thursday of the month through November at 6:30 pm. The full schedule for the year is available at heritageall.org and on the Chester Inn Museum’s Facebook page.  Put the dates on your calendar, because you never know what you’re going to learn at History Happy Hour. This program offers insightful history to the public, fosters a collaborative relationship with various individuals and organizations, and increases the role of the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum as a community meeting place.

 

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, 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 and the Chester Inn Museum’s YouTube channel for updates about events at the Chester Inn and other Heritage Alliance programs.

 

CANCELED: Nancy’s Story at Telford Ruritan Club

Due to a health emergency, the performances of Nancy scheduled for this Saturday, June 25th at the Telford Ruritan Club have been canceled. We are sorry to share this news, and we apologize for the inconvenience this causes. Guests who bought tickets will be issued full refunds. Our plan is to reschedule this show for later in the year. As soon as we have that new date, we will let you know.

 

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. Even though the paper 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 the Telford Ruritan Club on Saturday, June 25th in the 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” won an Award of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums and has been performed twice in the region to sold-out crowds. Do not miss your chance to see this powerful performance.

 

“It is an honor to bring the show to the stage at the Telford Ruritan Club,” Mason says. “The Heritage Alliance is all about making connections with our community, and we are so glad we can do that through Nancy’s story. We have performed this play in the Sarah Sevier Memorial Chapel at the Embree House Historic Farm and on a stair landing at Harris Hall at Washington College Academy. Nancy’s story can be shared just about anywhere. This time, we’re taking to the stage in the old, school auditorium. ”

 

There will be two performances on June 25th at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. The show is a fundraiser for the Telford Ruritan Club and the Heritage Alliance. The show will be performed onstage in the old Telford School located at 101 Telford School Road. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased directly through the Town of Jonesborough’s ticketing system at Jonesborough.com/tickets or by calling the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 423.753.1010. Seating is limited to only 50 people per performance, so make sure you purchase your tickets in advance.

 

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.

 

The Telford Ruritan Club has been serving their community since 1961. They host a BBQ supper on the second Friday of every month. They support various organizations including Wreaths across America, Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary, and St. Jude’s Second Harvest Food Bank. They maintain a Little Lending Library, a Community Produce Stand, and a roadside food pantry box at their site.

 

History Trivia Is Back!

The Heritage Alliance’s riotously fun trivia night returns this summer with three in-person dates!

 

Join us at the Eureka Inn in Jonesborough on Friday, May 27th at 7:00 pm for general history-based trivia questions, friendly competition, and a ton of fun! We will be outside in the courtyard for this event. Go ahead and mark Friday, June 24th and Friday, July 22nd on your calendars, too. Those will be our other trivia dates, locations for those two dates is TBD.

 

Not a “history buff?” Don’t worry! Trivia questions cover a wide range of topics and categories and include something for everyone. Previous topics have included Odd Jobs, Pop Culture, Food & Drink, Sports, 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 approximately two hours. We request that teams check in with the hosts prior to the event. Joe Spiker and Megan Cullen Tewell with 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 $10.00 per team, although additional donations are appreciated.

 

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.

 

 

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, 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.

Homeschool Days at Oak Hill School

The Heritage Alliance is excited to offer two homeschool days at the historic Oak Hill School on May 16th and May 23rd. The award winning Oak Hill School Heritage Education program is the only experiential learning program of its type in this region, and homeschool students are encouraged to come and experience history with the Heritage Alliance in Tennessee’s Oldest Town.

 

Oak Hill School was built in 1886 to serve the community of Knob Creek. The building served local residents until it was closed in the 1950s. The school building was moved the seven miles from Knob Creek to Jonesborough and placed in its current location behind the Visitors Center. Today, Oak Hill School invites students to come for a day-long experience and enroll in school in 1893. Reading, writing, arithmetic, history, geography – even the pledge of allegiance – are all as they were prior to the turn of the last century.

 

 

School will last from 9:00am – 2:00pm on Monday, May 16th and May 23rd. This program is limited to 26 students, grades 1st – 12th, so sign up now!

 

May 16th is FULL. We still have space available on May 23rd.

 

Registration form for May 23rd is available here. The cost is $5.00 per student for the day at Oak Hill School. Students must register in advance. We cannot accept registration the day of the event. This event has a minimum registration of 12 students in order for it to take place.

 

Meet Josh Dacey, Site Manager for Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum

I grew up in a small mountain town at the foot of Blue Ridge. Tryon has no real claim to fame, other than being the birthplace of Nina Simone. The ancient movie theater and lone grocery store offered little in the way of entertainment. I spent most of my childhood tramping through the woods chasing dinosaurs or vanquishing  monsters, kept safe by my magic armor. When my gallant services were not required or it was pouring rain, comic books took me to other worlds filled with heroes and adventure. We were not a sports family. My parents were fierce advocates of the written word. My sister and I anxiously awaited our weekly trips to the library.The mesmerizing stacks containing thousands of books tantalized our young minds with endless possibilities. The smell is what I remember the most. Not musty. Not dusty. Old. I guess I have always been attracted to old things and old stories.

The first history book I stumbled across was, like many Southern historians, about the Civil War. I devoured everything I could find about the war. My parents and sister tolerated being dragged to reenactments on the weekends, despite the deafening cannon blasts that my dad swears are the reason he has to wear hearing aids. When I was 13 my grandfather agreed to a two week sojourn to visit every battlefield and fort as far north as Pennsylvania. Rambling around in his 25ft RV with his 31 pound cat, I was beyond the words in the books. I was there. The very sites of conflict and hardship. I developed an odd habit on that trip. My hand went into every stony crevice on every battlefield. It wasn’t an impulse so much as an obsession. I was searching, driven by the book I had just finished about a VMI cadet who fell at New Market called Ghost Cadet. Before the boy died he hid his pocket watch in a pile of stones.  Set in modern times, the story’s protagonist finds the watch and begins to see the specter of the fallen boy. So, to thirteen year old Joshua, I was going to find a watch and have lengthy discussions with a ghost. A perfectly normal thought  for a teenager of course. It was on that trip that I realized my purpose in life. To work at one of these places.

The only subject that mattered to me in school from that point forward was history. It was my major in both undergraduate and graduate school, although it did take a turn my freshman year. That year I discovered the world of museum studies and public history. This led to a four year internship in the Special Collections and Archives at UNC Asheville. Honing my skills as a curator and exhibition designer, by the time I graduated, UNC Greensborough’s Museum Studies Master’s degree was in my sights. Joining a cohort of nine other history fanatics, we worked tirelessly, not only learning the academic skills but the personal skills of connecting with individuals and a community. The vital connections that are required to share an individual or a community’s story with the world. Our crowning achievement at the end of those two years was a panel in the traveling “States of Incarceration” exhibition. The first and only exhibition to document the myriad problems with the U.S. prison system.

After graduation, I worked several years for North Carolina’s Historic Sites Commission, creating programs and community engagement at the birthplace of a former governor. After meeting my wife, New Hampshire became our next destination. During my time with NC Historic Sites I developed a passion for historic farming methods, heirloom vegetables, and 19th century foodways. We found 12 acres and an 1882 farm house just outside Hanover. Farming itch scratched and after four years of brutal winters, my teaching contract at Dartmouth College was over. We packed up and returned south. Over the convening months, we bounced around as nomads until I landed a gig with the National Park Service at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. A season of interpretation and hiking everyday restored a part of me that had gone dormant in the frigid New Hampshire cold. We also realized the South was truly our home. It is where our families live. It is where our history lives.

 

 

When I am not at the Chester Inn, I am usually gardening, cooking groovy vegan grub, writing, practicing my longbow skills, or brewing beer. Yes, I am still an avid bookworm and love comics. Our three dogs keep me on my toes and in shape as I chase them around the yard constantly. Being puppies, they usually evade my attempts to tucker them out. The opportunity to join the Heritage Alliance family is certainly a highlight in my career. The constant support and unending encouragement, not to mention nerdy banter, are what makes this a joyful job. I hope to serve you all and the Jonesborough Community for years to come.

SRS Paranormal Investigation at Chester Inn State Historic Site

The haunted and historic Chester Inn State Historic Site will be opened to the public for two nights of paranormal investigations on May 7th and 14th. The S.R.S Paranormal team will guide the hunt as they use their investigative equipment and teach the public the methods of their profession. The night will begin at 6pm and end around 11pm. There will be a limit of 20 participants that must be 12 years or older. Please email srshistorian@hotmail.com to register as slots will fill quickly. Cost is $25 per participant. Chester Inn is a Tennessee Historical Commission State-Owned Historic Site.