That topic will be explored at the Netherland Inn/Exchange Place Association’s annual dinner on March 11. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Press Room on Roller Street.
“This year we decided to have a theme that was looking at the 19th century through the eyes of all three sites, because all three sites began in the 19th century. … So we hope it’s going to be a fun program,” said Marshall Adesman of the Exchange Place.
The NI/EP, a nonprofit organization, was formed in the 1960s and provides support and oversight to its three member sites: Netherland Inn, Exchange Place and Hammond House.
Adesman said the association has a couple meetings each year, one of which is the annual dinner. The event will include short presentations from representatives of each of the three sites, followed by a special program.
This year’s program will feature local historian Tony Galloway, who has taught local, regional and national history to high school and college students. Adesman said Galloway’s presentation will weave in U.S. and Tennessee history with the history of each of the NI/EP’s member sites.
Galloway’s presentation will be supplemented by music from the Appalachian Express Chorus (AEC). The AEC is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and will be providing period-appropriate music.
Though the dinner will serve as a meeting for NI/EP members, Adesman said anyone is welcome to attend. Food City will provide chicken, potatoes, mixed vegetables, assorted cake slices and drinks at the dinner, and the cost is $18.
Guests should RSVP by March 8 by contacting either Sara Selby at (423) 349-8372 or [email protected] or Marshall Adesman at (423) 357-5352 or [email protected] You can also send in your check for $18 per person to NI/EP Association, P.O. Box 293, Kingsport, TN 37662.
Adesman said an average of 50 to 60 people attend the dinner each year, and he’d like to see an even bigger crowd this year. He hopes the presentation will help people recognize the value of all three historic sites.
“I think it’s important for people to appreciate the three sites that we have here,” Adesman said. “A lot of times, people don’t seem to realize what we have here in Kingsport. It’s really phenomenal.”
If you are interested in becoming a member of the NI/EP but can’t attend the dinner, call any of the three member sites to request an application.