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JGS to receive honor at Washington County Historical Association Banquet

October 6, 2015

Jonesborough Genealogical Society members, please consider going to the Washington County Historical Association Banquet. The JGS will be honored with the Awards of Merit award for the Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee Project, which produced the Early Settlers of Washington County, Tenessee: (pre) 1768-1777 book. Please RSVP to Gene Hurdt at jgstn1990@centurylink.net or Donna Cox Briggs at dcoxbriggs@charter.net. For additional information or to make reservations, you can also telephone WCHA President John Kiener at 423-282-0906.

WCHA Press Release:

DR. FRANKLIN TO SPEAK
AT HISTORY BANQUET ON
NATIVE AMERICAN TOWNS

Jay Franklin, PhD archaeologist at East Tennessee State University, will speak at the annual banquet of the Washington County Historical Association on Friday, October 16th. The banquet will be held at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at ETSU will present a program titled “At the Intersection of Deep and Shallow History: Native American Towns in Upper East Tennessee.” Dr. Franklin says his reference to “deep and shallow” aspects of history implies no break in human history, explaining that the traditional use of the terms prehistory and history by some historians is misleading.
He was awarded his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Franklin’s primary research interests include Native American archaeology in Southern Appalachia and the archaeology of highland peoples in Southern Appalachia and the mountains of south-central France.
Researchers under the direction of Dr. Franklin are in the process of exploring Cherokee Indian excavations in the area. He says the work they are doing is emblematic of the importance of archaeology in the broad scheme of human experience. “It’s an untapped history,” the ETSU professor says. “There’s a lot left to explore.”
Deborah Montanti, Director of the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southeast Virginia, will be presented the 2015 Samuel Cole Williams Award at the banquet. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the research and preservation of Washington County History.
The award is named after the noted Tennessee jurist, historian, educator and businessman who rejuvenated the Tennessee Historical Commission and founded the East Tennessee Historical Society. Williams was an attorney in Jonesborough and Johnson City.
Two 2015 Awards of Merit will also be presented. The Jonesborough Genealogical Society was selected for its research, writing and publication of the “Early Settlers of Washington County, Tennessee (pre) 1768-1777” book. Dr. Fred J. Alsop III, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at ETSU, will be recognized as the “Founding Father” of the George L. Carter Railroad Museum. The museum is located on the ETSU campus. The facility contains a variety of miniature trains displayed in a unique and educational way that highlights the importance of railroads in the growth of Washington County.
The banquet will be catered by the Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be obtained by emailing; jgs1990@centurylink.net or dcoxbriggs@charter.net. For additional information or to make reservations, you can also telephone WCHA President John Kiener at 423-282-0906.

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