Celebrating 150 Years: Tell us your story!

Johnson City, Tennessee, 1869 – 2019

As Johnson City celebrates its 150th birthday, the Johnson City Press wants to make sure as many stories from the city’s history are told and remembered. That includes your family’s story. Along with this special website, we will publish special commemorative products in 2019 that will include photos and stories about Johnson City’s longtime residents.

If you have old photos and stories from your family’s history, you can submit them here by clicking the link below. You can also email items to Content Director Sam Watson at swatson@johnsoncitypress.com or drop them by our offices at 204 West Main Street in Johnson City.

We hope you will help us celebrate 150 years of Johnson City history with your story.

Johnson City’s rich history is beautifully displayed throughout this hardbound, 224-page collection. It’s sure to bring back memories for generations.

Rick Thomason, Publisher

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Sesquicentennial Commission launches legacy project fundraising campaign

Johnson City’s Sesquicentennial Commission is offering citizens a chance to leave behind a legacy as part of the City’s 150th birthday.

A two-part Legacy Project located in the King Commons area of downtown will include a Natural Adventure Area with state-of-the-art play features to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for people of all ages and abilities as well as a History Plaza that will incorporate important historical dates and facts relevant to Johnson City’s heritage.

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