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The East Tennessee Historical Society has selected City Archivist Brianne Wright’s book, On This Day in Kingsport History, for an Award of Distinction. The Award of Distinction is given in recognition of a special project, such as a book, building preservation or heritage event.

“It feels good to be recognized after all of the work that went into writing the book, said Wright. “I’ve been pleased with all the feedback from the book and how much readers are learning about Kingsport’s history. This award is just icing on the cake!”

Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society has 2,000 members across the United States. Its active publications include the biannual genealogy magazine Tennessee Ancestors, the annual Journal of East Tennessee History, and Newsline, as well as other books pertaining to the region’s history. The society also sponsors the Museum of East Tennessee History, East Tennessee National History Day, and the family heritage programs “First Families of Tennessee” and “Civil War Families of Tennessee.

Since 1982, the society has been recognizing individuals and organizations annually that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the regions history.

This is the second time Wright has received the Award of Distinction. In 2014, she was selected for her leadership role in the development of two successful projects to increase awareness of the city’s history – “Kingsport: A Walk Through Time” and “Rediscover Kingsport: Scavenger Hunt.”

She was also featured as our Highlighting Heroes for the month of March!!

Congrats Brianne!