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Carter County Historical Society: New group aims to preserve local history

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

If you are a local history buff, there is a new organization in Carter County that might be suited to you. The Carter County Historical Society, held their first meeting in February and since then they’ve seen interest in the group grow steadily, group organizer and KCU history professor Gerald Dyson explained. 

“This was actually something that Don (Combs) had brought up to me last year some time,” Dyson said. “It was one of those things, I was kind of a new dad and I thought, ‘Well that’s a great idea, but how (do we) do it?’ and the more I thought about it, the more I thought this really needs to be done.” 

If it wasn’t done now, Dyson said, it might never be done, and in the meantime Carter County’s rich history would continue to be lost as those who knew it firsthand passed away. 

So, they organized the group and drafted a mission statement for their efforts. While they would like to eventually have a physical location, with a local history museum and a collection of local documentation for historical and genealogical research, their primary goal is to foster an appreciation for local history. Their five point mission statement includes items related to the preservation of historical documents, structures, and objects relevant to the county’s history; to the education of the public and cultivation of a greater awareness of the significance of Carter County history; to display local artifacts and historical documents, either in a permanent location or in conjunction with partner organizations, along with a reading room for local historical and genealogical research; to establish and maintain a repository of books, documents, and other items of local historical significance; and to organize events, fundraisers, and maintain a membership dedicated to meeting those goals. 

They’re already off to a good start, Dyson said, with a Facebook page, Instagram, and around 20 members currently in the group. 

Though Dyson said they may add membership dues in the future, to help meet funding needs for their projects, membership is currently free. Those interested in joining can download a membership form from the group’s Facebook page, Carter County Historical Society, or follow the page for more information and show up at a future meeting. 

The next regular meeting of the group will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, on the KCU campus, upstairs in the Lusby Hall building. 

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com 

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