The Johnson County Historical Society met in regular session Sunday afternoon January 18, in the lower level of the Welcome Center. Newly elected president Janie Gentry called the meeting to order. Secretary Sue Howard and Treasurer Jessie DiProspero gave their respective reports. Robert (Bob) Morrison rounds out the Societys officers as Vice President.
Some items of business were discussed and acted on. But, the main subject of the afternoon was the upcoming book the Society plans to publish this year. History of Johnson County, Volume III is the book and work is ongoing toward getting it ready for the printer. It is one of the most important and exciting projects of the Society in a while. Late last year the Society decided to start work on the new book to be published this year (2015). The History of Johnson County Volume I and Volume II were published 14 years apart. When Volume III is published, it will have been 15 years since the publication of Volume II. We in the Historical Society thought it was about time for another one. And here we are working hard to make it a reality.
The Society has been very active since its beginning in 1977. The History of Johnson County Volume I was published in 1986. The History of Johnson County Volume II was published in 2000. Additionally, a Pictorial History of Johnson County was published in 2011. All three of those books have great value to genealogists and those who just find local history interesting. Those books are available for purchase at the Welcome Center on South Shady Street here in Mountain City. The Society was also very instrumental in building the Welcome Center and establishing a museum in it.
Right now the main project is of course Volume III of The History of Johnson County. Pre-print orders are being taken and family Histories may be turned in at the Welcome Center. Five hundred words or less are free. All over 500 words are 10 cents per word. One picture is free. Extra pictures are $12.50 each. New stories or additions to stories that were in either of the first two volumes may be submitted. Stories that appeared in either of the first volumes may not be submitted but you may update or correct previous stories. Reminiscences, anecdotes, military photographs and book orders may also be left at the Johnson County Welcome Center. This is a third chance for those who missed getting an article in Volumes I or II.
Heading up the project is chairperson Kathy Terrill. Among other committee members are Malcolm and Sue Howard, Ted and Janie Gentry and Jack and Mary J. Swift.
Pictured are the 2015 officers for the Johnson County Historical Society (L to R): President Janie Gentry, Secretary Sue Howard, Vice-President Robert (Bob) Morrison and Treasurer Jessie DiProspero.
Members of the book committee are pictured above. (L to R): Kathy Terrill, Janie Gentry, Jessie DiProspero, Sue Howard, Mary Swift and Jack Swift. Not pictured are Ted Gentry and Malcolm Howard.