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            The Washington County Archives hosted the annual meeting of the Society of Tennessee Archivists in Jonesborough on November 1-3, 2017. This was the 40th anniversary of the society’s first meeting, and approximately 50 archivists attended. Being held at the International Storytelling Center, this year’s conference brought together archive and records manager professionals from all across the state. It has been about 20 years since the STA last met in upper East Tennessee. Part of the reason for the visit is to honor Tennessee’s newest archive in its oldest county.

            The conference theme was “Archives in Action: Activism and Advocacy.” A pre-conference workshop on November 1st focused on educational outreach by archives to teachers and students in the classroom. The sessions on November 2nd included a look at the work the Kingsport City Archives did in celebrating that city’s 100th anniversary this year; a look back at the 40 year history of the STA; developing searchable microfilmed images; and an examination of the thesis of “more product, less process” in the archive field, among other topics covered.

          Best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb was the keynote speaker for the conference’s Thursday night banquet. The author of such acclaimed works as King’s Mountain, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, and most recently The Unquiet Grave, among many others, McCrumb explained the many ways she has used archives and historical research in the writing of her novels set in southern Appalachia.

          On Friday, County Archivist Ned Irwin presented a program on Washington County history using historic documents from the archive collection. The conference concluded with a tour for participants of the Washington County Archives building. Display cases were filled with many interesting county documents covering topics from colonial British America and the Watauga Association period down to World War I.

 To see photos of the three-day event, click on this link.

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