Surgoinsville Museum and Community Members Win East Tennessee Historical Society Awards | Appalachian Highlands


SURGOINSVILLE — The East Tennessee Historical Society presented 41 awards at its annual awards ceremony, including three awards to the Surgoinsville area archives and museum and to individuals involved with the museum.

ETHS held its Excellence Awards Ceremony on June 7th. The awards recognize organizations and individuals who make significant contributions to preserving and promoting the region’s history.

The archives and museum of the Surgoinsville region received an award of distinction for the preservation of local history with its creation in 2021.

Surgoinsville resident Johnny Greer received a community history award for his involvement in the creation of the Surgoinsville area archives and museum.

“I felt honored,” Greer said. “A lot of hard work has been [the opening of the museum].”

Ural Ward also received a Community History Award for “preserving indigenous history through the creation of artifacts at the Surgoinsville area archives and museum”.

ETHS, established in 1834, is one of Tennessee’s most active historical organizations.

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