Washington County Historical Association News

The WCHA Announces Samuel Cole Williams Award Recipient

The Washington County Historical Association will present Elaine Scott Cantrell with the 2012 Samuel Cole Williams Award at its banquet on Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee, at 7 pm.

Elaine Scott Cantrell is a very knowledgeable historian as well as genealogist in the Washington County community. She serves as a founding member and supporter of both the Washington County, Tennessee Obituary Project and the Cemetery Survey Team of Northeast Tennessee. She has extensive volumes of work on several of the area families as well as the history of the area, among these are a 24 volume set of pictures of historic Washington County, Tennessee made from 2000 to 2003. She, also, has done extensive work on Oak Hill Cemetery in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mary Hardin McCown, former Johnson City historian, wrote in the minutes of Oak Hill Cemetery that “Only the Lord knew how many unmarked graves are in Oak Hill Cemetery.” Elaine makes it her mission to find each and every grave. She was inducted into the Jonesborough Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame as a member of the 2012 class. She, also, is helping with and co-teaching the Lamar History Club at Lamar Elementary School, Jonesborough, Tennessee. She is a member of the Washington County Historical Association, Watauga Association of Genealogists, Friends of the Washington County, Tennessee Archives and the Jonesborough Genealogical Society. 


Also at the Banquet, Fred Sauceman, a native of Greeneville, Tennessee, will be our speaker. Fred Sauceman Senior Writer, Executive Assistant to the President for University Relations, and Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, where he teaches a course entitled “The Foodways of Appalachia” and edits Now &  Then: The Appalachian Magazine. He writes a monthly food column,” Potluck,” for the Johnson City Press and authors the “Flavors” page for Blue Ridge Country magazine. His stories about food and Southern culture are heard on “Inside Appalachia,” a radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. “Food with Fred” appears monthly on WJHL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Johnson City, Tennessee. Fred is the author of a three volume book series, The Place Setting: Timeless Tastes of the Mountain South, from Bright Hope to Frog Level, about the foodways of Appalachia. His work has appeared in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Bluegrass Unlimited, The Encyclopedia of Alabama, and CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual. He is a contributor to the journal Southern Cultures, published by the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011, his work on Virginia apples was featured in Place-Based Foods of Appalachia: From Rarity to Community Restoration and Market Recovery, produced by the Renewing America’s Food Traditions alliance. A member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Fred is the editor of that organization’s book Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing, published by the University of Georgia Press in 2010, in partnership with the University of Mississippi. He is creator of the book Home and Away: A University Brings Food to the Table, published by ETSU in 2000 .In collaboration with several other food scholars across the South, Fred is one of the authors of The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook, which was published in October of 2010 by the University of Georgia Press. Fred has directed five documentary films. His first, A Red Hot Dog Digest, traces the history of that product on Southwest Virginia’s Lee Highway. It was named one of “the best short films on southern foodways” by Southern Cultures. His second documentary, Beans All the Way: A Story of Pintos and Persistence, relates the history of The Bean Barn, a soup bean restaurant that originated in 1946 in Greeneville, Tennessee. Mountain Mojo: A Cuban Pig Roast in East Tennessee tells the story of a group of Cuban exiles who gather every fall in Kingsport, Tennessee, to roast a pig and to remember. Smoke in the Holler: The Saucy Story of Ridgewood Barbecue was released in December of 2011. Fred’s latest film, Ramps and Ruritans: Tales of the Revered and Reeking Leek of Flag Pond, Tennessee, debuted in the spring of 2012. Fred is curator of the exhibit, “Lens on the Larder: The Foodways of Appalachia in Focus,” featured at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans from July to October of 2012. He is also a regular contributor to the museum’s magazine, OKRA. Fred is married to the former Jill Marie Derting of Gate City, Virginia.


Any one interested in attending the WCHA Banquet, MUST RSVP and prepaid the $20 banquet cost by Friday, October 19, 2012, to the
Washington County Historical Association
Gene Hurdt, Treasurer
471 Old Embreeville Road
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659



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