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Is there a surprise in the Historical Society's latest publication?

Is There a Surprise for you in Johnson County Historical Society’s Latest Publication?
By, Jack Swift

Johnson County folks are among the best I have seen during my 74 years of living and in my minimal travels. Their compassion and generosity toward those who are hurting is well known. Johnson County citizens are quick to respond when tragedy occurs. They are friendly and considerate to others. During death or illness Johnson County people are unsurpassed in their help and concern. I’m sure many others share my thoughts about Johnson County citizens as well.

The Johnson County Historical Society has recently published a book titled Pictorial History of Johnson County. The book published in 2011 marked the 175th anniversary of Johnson County. In it you will find pictures of people you know or maybe even a photo of yourself. There are photos of folks of years past as well as those who are current. The book includes a history of the beautiful log building which houses the Johnson County Historical Society and its museum, the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, and the Johnson County Tourism Committee. The book also has the history of the Society and the building by Malcolm Howard who was president of the society during the publication of the book. Moreover, the book contains a brief history of Johnson County.

The book has eight chapters: People and Scenes of Johnson County; Our Town; Schools of Johnson County; Churches of Johnson County; Music; Old Stores and Historic Buildings; Clubs and Organizations; Bands and Parades; and Farming and Old Ways of Living.

My guess would be that there are many Johnson County folks who haven’t visited the Welcome Center and the Museum. The director of the Welcome Center is Karen Anderson. Part time staff includes Azona Blevins, Carolyn Beebe and Judy Farmer. Many out-of-towners stop by the Welcome Center and Museum and that is often one of their first impressions of our great county. Karen and the staff welcome them and answer any questions they might have.

If you are a citizen of Johnson County or the surrounding area, and have never visited the Welcome Center and Museum, you owe it to yourself to see what they have to offer.

There are several books of historical interest for sale there. The History of Johnson County Volume I and the History of Johnson County Volume II are still for sale. Retired educator, Herman Tester, also has some books of historical interest available including Upon a Lonely Hill, a large format, spiral bound edition of Jeffery Carrier’s cemetery census. You may call him at 423-753-6961 for information about his books.

The Pictorial History of Johnson County is the newest project of the Johnson County Historical Society. Go by the Welcome Center and pick up a copy of the book. You might find a picture of someone or something that will bring back memories. The price is only $22.00.

The Johnson County Historical Society is a group of folks who are interested in preserving Johnson County history and spreading the knowledge of it to others. New members are welcome. The Society meets on each third Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Come to our next meeting and check us out.