Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first ever virtual event and made a contribution in support of the Knoxville History Project.
Watch an interview with KHP’s Jack Neely and Dr. Tumblin that we showcased at the event here:
2020 Honoree: Dr. J.C. Tumblin, the well-known historian of Fountain City, whose column “History and Mysteries” in the Shopper News and his several books have connected his native community to most of Knoxville, and much of the broad world. His recent (2016) book, Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference is a valuable desk reference here at KHP, not just for questions pertaining to Fountain City, but to Knoxville as a whole, because Jim’s neighbors, from seminal environmentalist Harvey Broome to popular-music juggernaut Roy Acuff, had an influence far beyond their unique community. He’s been prominent as a Knoxville historian for at least 30 years, sometimes putting history into practice, as when he took the lead in returning an authentic gazebo to Fountain City Park; operated by the Lions Club, it’s one of Knoxville’s oldest and most beautiful gathering places.
All that energy and insight as journalist and author is all the more remarkable considering that it all came after Dr. Tumblin had distinguished himself in a whole different profession before that. A professional optometrist, Dr. Tumblin began practicing here back in 1949, later served as chief of an army-base optometric clinic in Virginia, and rose to the summit of his profession, once serving as the president of the American Optometric Association.
General Event Description
This “Ask” event is not a ticketed event but “invitation” only to current KHP contributors and potential supporters. The success of the event is largely down to volunteer “Table Hosts” filling tables with members of the community interested in our city’s rich history and potentially supportive of KHP’s mission of researching and promoting the history and culture of Knoxville.
Our virtual table hosts are already busy inviting guests. If you have not been already invited by a table host we would gladly assign you to a special table host in advance of the event. Please contact 865-337-7723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For planning purposes, we cannot accommodate day-of-the-event sign-ups.
There is no fee to attend the luncheon, but there will be an opportunity for everyone to make a donation to KHP in the amount of their choice.
Honorarium gifts in recognition of Dr. Tumblin’s outstanding contributions to our city will be accepted at any time.
How Can I Host a Table?
Please help KHP reach new supporters and create a successful event by hosting a table of 10. All you need to do is invite friends and colleagues to sit at your table – we will provide email language for your invitees. On event day, your role is simply to be a gracious host to your guests and hand out the donation response forms and envelopes when our lead fundraiser makes the “pitch” towards the end of the event. All gifts are confidential.
All materials will be ready for you on the day and we stand by to help you every step of the way.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting KHP and expanding access to Knoxville’s history within our community.
If you cannot attend but would still like to make a general donation or a donation in honor of Dr. Tumblin please make a donation online or mail a check to:
Knoxville History Project
516 West Vine Avenue, #8
Knoxville TN 37902.
Please call 865-337-7723 or email email@example.com for more information.
ARCHIVE: 2018 Honoree: Bob Booker, Knoxville Historian
Highlight from the 2018 Luncheon: Podcast of the Q and A with KHP’s Jack Neely and Bob Booker: