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Dr. Muncy was inducted in the Hall of Fame at our October Banquet.

He was born April 9, 1918 in Tazewell, TN. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, TN. Dr. Muncy graduated from Lincoln Memorial University and UT Medical School. After an internship at Knoxville General Hospital he did residencies in cardiology and internal medicine at Methodist Hospital, Dallas, TX and Tufts University, Boston, MA. He served 2 1/2 years in the US Army during World War II, 22 months of which were spent in the Pacific Theater. He was in medical practice in Jefferson City for forty years. Dr. Muncy was active in civic and community affairs throughout his life. He served as a Jefferson City Councilman, President of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, President of the Tennessee Heart Association, first and fifth President of the Carson-Newman College Community Council, among many other activities. After he retired, he and his wife, Jean traveled extensively throughout the world and to all fifty states. Dr. Muncy is the author of two books and numerous book chapters and articles which were published in various journals newsletters, and newspapers. He was an accomplished photographer. He had a lifelong interest in history and was the official Jefferson County Historian from 1995 to 2006.

 

Trail of Tears is the topic….

Our January meeting has been rescheduled due to the inclement weather last month for Thursday, February 21st.  at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Court House, downtown Dandridge.

To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Cherokee removal, Mark Finchum, president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, and his wife Sherry will present, “The Trail Where We Cried,” for the January meeting at the courthouse in Dandridge.  The program will feature photographs of many important people and places relevant to the Trail of Tears, first person accounts, and music from the time.

Mark and Sherry

Mark is a social studies teacher at Jefferson County High School and Sherry is Director of Federal Programs and Elementary Education for Jefferson County schools.  Both had naming ceremonies on the Cherokee reservation and were married in a Cherokee wedding ceremony.  They have presented programs on American Indian topics on the local, state, and national levels; participated in the Native Nations Procession to open the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; and walked a portion of the Trail of Tears.

 

Our banquet will be on Thursday, October 18th.  We have not selected a location for the banquet at this time, updates to follow!

Kelly Shipe will be providing the entertainment for our October banquet.  She will play some dinner music on the harp while the meal is being served.  For our program she will have some of her students perform some historical music numbers.

Get ready for a picnic,

Our next meeting will be at the courthouse in Dandridge on Thursday the 19th.

Speaker: Dr. Christopher P. Magra ,
“Free Trade, Sailor’s Rights, and the Maritime Origins of the War of 1812.”

The speaker will discuss the War of 1812.

Brief Bio

Dr. Christopher P. Magra is Assistant Professor of Early American history at the University of Tennessee.  He has published articles related to maritime history in the International Journal of Maritime History, the New England Quarterly, and the Northern Mariner.  The Canadian Nautical Research Society honored him with the Keith Matthews Award for his scholarship.  Cambridge University Press published his first book The Fisherman’s Cause: Atlantic Commerce and Maritime Dimensions of the American Revolution in 2009, which won the Winslow House Book Prize.  He has already begun research on his second book, a comparative analysis of British naval impressment in the Atlantic World.

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