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DONNA COX BRIGGS TO ADDRESS WAGS MEETING,
TALK OF HIDDEN TREASURES FOUND IN THE ARCHIVES

            Ever wonder just what lies hidden in the old records of Washington County? Donna Cox Briggs, archives assistant, will speak about some of the recent treasures and interesting documents found in the Washington County Archives at the Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 meeting of the Watauga Association of Genealogists in the Jones Meeting Room at the Johnson City Public Library. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

            It seems that nearly every day archive staff and volunteers find new treasures. This comes as no surprise when you realize that the archives houses the oldest public records in Tennessee. Often, these items have been hidden away for a hundred years or more. The records tell our county’s story in telling the story of those who lived here before us. Among the many highlights to be discussed are records of the state of Franklin, unique wills, historic photographs, and the story of a young free woman of color who was kidnapped in 1777 Boston and held locally as a slave for twenty years. Donna will also tell about the latest projects and how you can become a part of the volunteer team.

           The library is located at 100 W. Millard Street, Johnson City, Tennessee. Please attend if you can. You will find these discoveries very interesting.

 

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