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History books for sale at Welcome Center

With the very important day of Christmas approaching, it’s time to start the process of getting ready for it. At our house The Christmas tree is up and you can see signs of Christmas around the house, thanks to my wife, Mary. She usually gets into the Christmas spirit before I do.
The hustle and bustle has already set in with people out and about and trying to purchase perfect gifts for their loved ones in the crowded malls, department stores and other retail establishments.
As I thought about the gift giving dilemma that we often face, I thought of some great gifts that I believe would make most folks happy. If you visit the Johnson County Welcome Center on South Shady Street, you may find a gift that will keep on giving over the years. Kelly Turner is the Welcome Center Director and she will be glad to help you.
I recommend the Johnson County History Books that were published by the Johnson County Historical Society. The first one was published in 1986 and includes a great deal of Johnson County History with photographs and other information. The book has many family histories and is valuable for genealogical research. It is a large “coffee table type” book and is impressive with its red cover and the Johnson County seal embossed on it. Much work went into getting it compiled and published. A second book was published in 2000. It includes more pictures and more family histories and is a great companion set with the 1986 volume. In 2015, several people that saw the first two volumes regretted that they didn’t get their family histories in either of the first two books and a third book was printed. Either of the books or the three-volume set would make great Christmas gifts.
Moreover, there are several census books and marriage record books for sell at the Welcome Center. While there you may want to check out the Johnson County Museum. I believe you’ll find several items of interest there.
I recently visited the Johnson County Arts Center on College Street and was very impressed with the facility. There are a number of art objects for sale there. The paintings were impressive and would make a nice addition to your home.
I recommend that folks shop locally if possible. Somewhere in Johnson County and Mountain City is a nice gift for you to purchase to give to someone or maybe even to yourself.