The Johnson County Historical Society, which is celebrating its 40th year of serving the citizens of our community, is pleased to announce its 2017 Program of Lectures and Special Events. The lectures will be held at the Johnson County Welcome Center (716 S Shady St., Mountain City, Tennessee 37683) on the third Sunday of each month, at 2:00 pm, beginning Sunday, May 21 2017.
The monthly lecture topics have been selected to appeal to both new-comers to the area and those whose family has lived in the county for many generations; to the young and the old; to those with a passion for history, and those who are simply curious about the historical legacy of those who have come before them into this rugged but beautiful section of the southern Appalachian Mountains.
September 17: “The H Lee Walters 1940 16mm film (now digitized) of Mountain City, including several Johnson County schools.” Ever wonder what the town of Mountain City looked like “back in the day”? The houses, stores, government buildings, schools, the roads and vehicles, the people – what they looked like, how they dressed, etc.? Well, here’s your chance! Attend this presentation and see Mountain City in its heyday, just before the start of WWII. This short film, archived in the original format at ETSU, will be shown twice – the first time without interruption; the second time allowing us stop the film to examine (audience-selected) scenes in greater detail.
October 15: The Watauga Purchase of 1736: The Origin of today’s Deeds of Trust
November 19: Tracing Your Family Tree: Genealogical Resources Available in Johnson County
Attendance at these events is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Johnson County schoolteachers and their students are encouraged to attend. Those interested in joining the Historical Society may do so at any of these events. Annual dues are just $7.00 for singles; $10 for couples.
Comments or questions regarding this program may be referred to Bob Morrison, President, Johnson County Historical Society, through the Welcome Center at (423) 727 5800.