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Story published: 01-09-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

The Historical Society holds a plethora of knowledge within their publications

By Jack Swift

The Johnson County Historical Society was officially organized in November 1977 and has continued as a beacon, guiding area citizens and others as well toward perhaps a greater interest in the history of Johnson County than they had before. My wife Mary and I have been members of the organization several years and we have enjoyed participating in its activities. While serving as president in 1993, I learned that more and more folks are tracing their family trees and becoming more interested in the history of this area.

The Society was a driving force in erecting the beautiful log building on South Shady Street here in Mountain City. The building houses facilities for the Johnson County Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Committee. An Operations Committee made up of two persons from each entity conducts the business of the Welcome Center. The current director of the Welcome Center is Karen Anderson.

The Johnson County Historical Society meets each third Sunday afternoon at 2:00 in the lower level of the Welcome Center. If you are interested in learning more of Johnson County History, I recommend joining that worthwhile organization. The Society has put together an impressive museum and I would guess that many local folks have not visited it. There are many items and artifacts of a bygone year. There is an old Edison talking machine that uses a cylinder type record that I really find interesting. There are old books, bound copies of The Tomahawk, and many other items of interest. Visit the Johnson County Museum soon and see what it has to offer. The Society prides itself on the books it has published. There are cookbooks for sale but the crowning achievements of the organization include the History of Johnson County, Volume I and the History of Johnson County, Volume II. Each of them is coffee table size with beautiful red covers with gold embossed titles. Each of them is full of pictures and stories about Johnson County and Johnson County people.

Either or both are a boon to genealogists. Volume I was published in 1986 and Volume II was published in 2000. Both these books are continuing to sell. More recently the Society published a book titled Pictorial History of Johnson County. It was decided by the membership that another book was needed but to print another big book was more than we could undertake at this time. So this book is also for sale at the Welcome Center. I believe you will like it, in fact you may be in it. There are many pictures of people and places. Some of the photos are old and some are newer. Each of these books I Have mentioned make great gifts.

The Society officers for 2013 are B. C. Stout, President; Bob Morrison, Vice-President; Mary J. Swift, Secretary; and Jessie DiProspero, Treasurer.