Submitted by Anna Garber

Do you have photos in your attic or in an old scrapbook that show the Seymour way of life as it was before 1950?

Do you have photos in your attic or in an old scrapbook that show the Seymour way of life as it was before 1950?

Do you have photos in your attic or in an old scrapbook that show the Seymour way of life as it was before 1950? If so, they could soon be starring in a historic calendar whose sales will benefit the Sevier County Public Library System.

Photos of old-time events and buildings, and traditions that have since disappeared such as rolling stores, swing bridges and ferries, are needed for Friends of Sevier County Library System’s planned 2015 historic calendar.  Members of the Friends groups that serve the library system – Seymour and Kodak libraries and King Family Library in Sevierville – are looking for previously unpublished local photos. So is the staff of King Family’s History Center and County Historian Carroll McMahan.

“We hope to find pictures that haven’t been widely used before, but which portray Sevier County as it used to be,” said Diane Johnson of King Family Friends, who is chairing the project.

Some of the photos will feature pre-1950s Seymour. Old pictures of agricultural scenes, Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy events, Seymour’s railway line or movie theater are examples that could make their way into the calendar.

Johnson emphasized that all photos need never leave the owner’s sight.

“We will scan the photos while you wait,” said Theresa Williams, genealogist for the library system.

She asks that owners take the photos to the History Center on the third floor of King Family Library, 408 High St., Sevierville, where they will be scanned immediately. The history center will provide a permission slip for the owner’s signature, allowing the photo to be printed.

Williams asked that owners also write out a short paragraph describing who the people in the photos are and a little about what is going on.

Tim Fisher, assistant genealogist, said photos do not need to be in perfect condition. The center can also copy the photos for 15 cents each if the owners would like.

Some of the submitted photos that are not chosen for the calendar may still be of historical value. Williams and Fisher hope that photo owners will allow them to keep copies for the History Center archives.

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