If you enjoy history, in particular, the history of the city of Alcoa, you’ll not want to miss the next Brown Bag Lunch co-hosted by the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society and the Blount County Public Library from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the library.
Circuit Court Judge David Duggan, in his other role as Alcoa’s city historian, will be presenting the program on the history of the city, founded in 1919 by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA). This is the latest of several events planned in 2019-2010 celebrating the city’s centennial. Those attending may bring their own sack lunch or purchase a lunch for $10 at the library’s Bookmark Cafe.
I asked David what he’s planning to do for this program. He said that after some introductory remarks, he’s going to have a PowerPoint presentation where he’s going to do something new. “It’s a ‘greatest hits’ approach, where I show some of my favorite photographs, tell the people what is shown and why these photographs are among my favorites — and in the course of doing that, convey some Alcoa history,” he said.
After that, he plans to show about an 8-minute clip from the DVD, “From 1919-2019: The Alcoa Century, An Historical Documentary,” created by Darryl Reed based upon the historical timeline he created and wrote for the city of Alcoa’s Centennial Celebration. The DVD was sponsored by the city of Alcoa, produced by Nathaniel Tipton, Modifi Creative, and narrated by Bruce Damrow. David wrote the script, and David Lazar provided technical assistance.
“I have chosen a segment that I believe they will really enjoy and find entertaining,” David said.
He will take questions after the clip is shown, so come prepared to ask about the city’s history or to share what you might know. The Centennial Committee is always open to receiving information, photos, documents, etc., that have been previously unknown.
I’ve written before about the book David, with the help of lots of other volunteers, compiled on the history of the city. Entitled “Alcoa: A Century in Words and Pictures,” the book contains about 300 photos, about 80% of them either never before published or published on a very limited basis, and lots of good information. It’s definitely a resource anyone with an interest in the history of Alcoa and Blount County will want to have.
The cost is $35, and David will have copies available to sign and sell after the program.
If you miss the program, the books are also available at the Alcoa Municipal Building, or you can contact David for a copy.
The DVD is also well-worth your time and a great addition to any historian’s resource materials. The information, narration and illustrations are all top-notch, and there are some interviews with people whose names you’ll recognize, telling about their memories and experiences. I have thoroughly enjoyed this DVD. It truly is an exceptionally well-done production, the same high quality as the book.
David will also have the DVDs available following his program. They cost $20. As with the books, they are for sale at the Alcoa Municipal Building or from David.
The Brown Bag Lunch will be held at the Blount County Public Library, 508 N. Cusick St., Maryville, in the Sharon Lawson Room. Admission is free.
If you’d like more information about the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society, visit the website at www.blountcountytngeneal