The Bell County Historical Society is seeking volunteers who can assist in identifying photographs and other ephemera from the area. The society has a museum and genealogical library in Middlesboro and a publishing committee for the society’s journal called “The Gateway.”
Dr. Kennith Smith serves as chairman of the Accessions Committee and it is their job to review and accept items donated to the society’s museum and archive.
“We would be interested in people with knowledge of this area — its people and the history. It would be ideal for retired people for instance who have lived much of their lives here in Bell county,” said Smith. “They can assist us with putting names to photographs and identifying places or items. They can also help visitors to the museum by answering their questions and assisting with genealogy research.”
They said the museum always has items coming in and they can always use help.
“People from the area who can identify photos, places and events are really what we need,” said museum manager Debra Jones. “It would be a big help anytime, but especially now. We have received a lot of donations recently including a rather large collection of photographs and other materials from the Middlesboro Daily News and so we have a lot to do.”
Jones went on to say, “If we don’t identify these pictures of those no longer with us now, generations down the road no one will be here who can — and this history will be lost.”
The museum is always seeking items pertinent to the history of Bell County. They also welcome stories and other written work to be submitted for review for inclusion into their publication, “The Gateway.”
Anyone interested in volunteering at the society’s museum, has items to donate, or photos they can make copies of can visit the Bell County Historical Society Museum at 207 North 20th Street in Middlesboro. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
For more information about the museum and their projects or to join the Bell County Historical Society, contact the them at 606-242-0005 or visit their Facebook page.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn