To date, the Knoxville History Project has several story compilations based on articles written by Jack Neely that appeared in the Knoxville Mercury from 2015-2017. While most of those stories are searchable in original form on the “Stories” section of this website, quite a few have been updated, and in some cases expanded. Archive photographs and historic illustrations now enhance the texts.
We have found that bringing together previously disparate stories within a volume greatly enhances the power of these chapters of Knoxville’s rich and fascinating history.
Some of these titles were made available initially as donor premiums for the Friends of the Knoxville History Project. Please visit our online shop to purchase these volumes.
For gifts of $50.00 and above
Knoxville Blues: Stories from Knoxville’s Musical Past
Featuring the following stories by Jack Neely:
Roy Acuff and the Crazy Tennesseans
Bluegrass Legends on Gay Street • Civic Coliseum
Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong • Big Ears Festival
St. James Hotel Sessions • Chilhowee’s Jacob Building
Knoxville’s first Music Festival • WNOX Auditorium
Knoxville History Volume 1
A sampler of stories written by Jack Neely illustrate the extraordinary work of the Knoxville History Project. Chapters Include:
Knoxville Holidays & Festivals
A community need a stable culture, and a sense of mutual tradition, to celebrate holidays consistently. To some extent, these stories mark Knoxville’s growth and self- awareness as a permanent community – and, at times, a pretty festive one. Chapters Include:
A Knoxville Christmas
A collection of stories documenting Knoxville’s celebration of the Christmas season since the 1800s. From Dickens and dolls, to parades and pageants. From glittering lights and dragon balloons, to the city’s first municipal Christmas tree. This small-sized book tells the story of Knoxville’s rich and often surprising Christmas history. Chapters Include: