The Friends of the Archives will hold their Annual Meeting and Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 29 in the Eastman Board Room at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield St. Light refreshments will be at 6M00 p.m. with the program at 6M30. Lonnie Salyer, a local music historian and record collector from Kingsport, will present “After the Big Bang: Local Independent Tri-Cities Record Labels. Lonnie is focused on the preservation of 78 rpm and 45 rpm recordings from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. He manages Big Lon’s Crateful Dig on Facebook, has a weekly radio show Diggin’ with Big Lon on WBCM – Radio Bristol broadcasting original vintage records live from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum and is currently President of the Appalachian Cultural Music Association.
This program is free and open to the public.
The Friends of the Archives is a non-profit group dedicated to supporting the Archives of the City of Kingsport. The Betty Gibson Memorial Lecture series was established in 2000 by Mack Gibson to honor his late wife, Betty. The purpose was to host, annually, a distinguished speaker who will address political, economic, cultural, or social developments of the South and Southern Appalachia.