SCPLS 2011 Genealogy Conference focuses on the 150th Anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the Civil
War. The conference dates are Thursday, November 3 – Saturday, November 5.
Conference location is at the Sevier County Public Library System (SCPLS) King
Family Library, 408 High Street, Sevierville, TN.
A pre-conference session features “Rediscovering Sevierville Walking Tour.” A
tour of the historical sites and buildings in downtown Sevierville hosted by
Carroll McMahan starts at 12:00 P.M. at the SCPLS King Family Library. The tour
ends with refreshments at the library followed by a Local Author Reception
featuring Fred McMahan (Auto Parts, Pickin’ and Politickin’: The Three Lives
of Fred McMahan) and a review of the book, Images of America: Gatlinburg
with Kenton Temple and Karen McDonald, Anna Porter Public Library.
A special part of the pre-conference will be the unveiling of the “Laura C.
Cooper and David A. Cooper Memorial Collection” of genealogical materials. The
collection represents a wealth of work covering over 15 years of research and
data collection of the Cooper, Cowan, Buchannan, Thomas, Silver, Rice, Quarles,
Peay, Cooper, Pearson, Lewis, Householder, and many more surnames. The
collection will be on display during the conference and available for use after
sessions for Friday, November 4 start at 9:00 A.M. include:
O’Neill - Talk on the Civil War
Stanley A. Mize – Mize Family in the Civil War
- Don Williams
– The White Caps & the Blue Bills
Clevenger & Julie Ferguson – The Fields Ran Red: Battle Field Medicine in
the Civil War
Finishing the day from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. will be the “StoryTellers’ Dinner &
Down-Home Silent Auction.” The auction of local handmade items and book
collections will start at 5:30 P.M. The story telling dinner
featuring Conny Ottway, Music & Songs of the Civil War, begins at 6:00 p.m.
sessions for Saturday, November 5 starting at 9:00 A.M. include:
Roberts - Tennessee State Library & Archives: Conservation Basics for
- Bill Walker – Civil War Surgical
Rutherford – Identification and Care of Photographic Collections
Gail Palmer – Cemeteries of the Smokies
Stinnett – Plants and Herbs Used During the Civil War
The SCPLS Foundation is sponsoring the Sevier County Public Library System
History Center 2011 Genealogy Conference. The registration fee for the
three-day conference, including evening meal on November 4, will be $75.00 or
$50.00 for the three-day conference and $25.00 for the StoryTellers’ Dinner
& Down-Home Silent Auction.
The Sevier County History Center is located on the third floor of the King
Family Library at 408 High Street in Sevierville. Brochures and registration
forms for the conference are available at the King Family Library, the Seymour
Branch Library @ 137 w. Macon Lane in Seymour, and the Kodak Branch Library at
319 West Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak. For more information regarding the
Sevier County History Center Genealogy Conference, please contact Tim Fisher or
Theresa Williams at (865)453-3532