Custom House Chronicles

Stories, historical tidbits, and musings from the East Tennessee History Center staff.

We've added many more recent records to our Hamblen County microfilm. We now have County Court Clerk marriages (miscellaneous records) to 1950 and marriages to 1951, Quarterly Minutes to 1952, Quorum Minutes to 1951; Chancery Court Minutes to 1955; Circuit Court minutes, Civil to 1951 and Criminal to 1954; Probate records to 1949; and more! If you're interested in Hamblen County genealogy or history, come in and see what we have.

Margaret Dickson Display

Currently on display at the McClung Collection are a number of items donated by Miss Margaret Dickson. Long time patrons of KCPL will remember Margaret Dickson, for whom the Children's Room at Lawson McGhee Library is named. In addition to personal items and photographs, Miss Dickson donated memorabilia from Cherokee Country Club. Miss Dickson's parents, Margaret and Jimmy Dickson, were natives of Scotland and were the original manager and golf pro and greens keeper of Cherokee Country Club respectively.

Knoxville panoramic view part 1

Perhaps you've seen the panoramic view of Knoxville from 1865 by T. M. Schleier in Digby Seymour's Divided Loyalties. Now, the photograph is on display for a limited time in the McClung Collection. Come look at the original in detail any time the library is open. You'll find it in one of the display cases just before you enter the reading room. And while you're here, be sure to check out our other displays.

St. Valentine's Day: A Custom That Has Degenerated to a Feast For Fools

In honor of St. Valentine's Day, we bring you this 1893 story from the Knoxville Journal:

St. Valentine's Day

A Custom That Has Degenerated to a Feast For Fools

This is the day upon which all fools save the April fools exert themselves to show some smartness in their make-up.

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