Johnson City Press wants your old photos, stories for city's 150th birthday

Johnson City Press • Jan 21, 2019 at 6:34 PM

Anniversaries are an ideal time for reflection, but reflecting the entire 150-year history of Johnson City can be a daunting task. 

That’s why the Johnson City Press needs your help.

This week the Johnson City Press launched an all-in-one sesquicentennial website, www.johnsoncity150.com, a one-stop shop to view all the newspaper’s past and future coverage of Johnson City’s history, the anniversary celebration and the Sesquicentennial Commission’s King Commons legacy project. 

While the Johnson City Press will be churning out content all year, we want to make sure as many stories from the city’s history are told and remembered.

And that includes your family’s story — pictures and all.

“The Press will be offer readers a number of special publications this year to honor Johnson City’s history, including a commemorative keepsake,” Press Content Director Sam Watson said. “The best way to do that is to highlight the people and families who have made this a great place to live, especially those of you who’ve been here for decades.

“Your memories are just as important as any historian’s perspectives. We’d love to illustrate that with photos from your family’s past, as well as any memorable tidbits you’d care to share with our readers.”

If you have old photos and stories from your family’s history, please submit them on the website by visiting www.johnsoncity150.com/get-involved/, filling out the form and uploading any photographs or files. You also may submit them via email to Watson at swatson[email protected] or drop them off at our office, 204 W. Main St. in downtown Johnson City. 

The website will be divided into six sections: People, Places, Past, Progress, Video and This Day in History. You can also learn about upcoming anniversary-related events that will be scheduled throughout 2019.

“We wanted to provide a space where Johnson City residents could locate all the hard work our staff has put into commemorating the city’s birthday,” Watson said. “We’re proud of Johnson City, and the Press has been here as the primary record of the city’s story for more than half of that 150 years.

“Please help us shine a light on the city we call home.”

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