Home Of The Smith Co. Heritage Museum
The Stephens Buliding
Picture By John Waggoner Jr.
The Smith County Chamber of Commerce and the Smith County
Historical and Genealogical Society have joined forces to establish
a Heritage Museum for Smith County, Tennessee.
Located on 3rd Ave North one block from the Smith County Court House
ESTABLISHING THE MUSEUM
In 2001 an alliance between the Smith County Historical and Genealogical Society
and the Smith County Chamber of Commerce was formed for the purposeof creating
a heritage musueum. A board was selected and began meeting in January 2002.
Charter Board Members are the following:
Don Akers, Don Apple, James Bass, Brenda Bradford, Regina Brooks, John Law,
Sue Petty, C. D. Poindexter, Ted Russell, Nina Sutton, Barbara Upchurch,
Tommy Upchurch, Lois Vaughn, Faith Young and Sue Young.
The Missiom of the Smith County Heritage Museum is to foster an for the
appreciation of the rich history of Smith County, Its land, people, and industry.
As a public, not-for-profit institution, the Smith County Heritage
Museum will trive to provide a museum in which to collect and preserve
the history of all the communities of Smith County.
STATEMENT OF VALUES
1. Fair and accurate representation of all of the communities that make up Smith County.
2. Achieve the highest professional standards in all that we do.
3. A sprit of cooperation and diversity within ourselves and our community.
PROGRESS TO DATE
A charter for the organization was issued by the State of Tennessee, and By-Laws
have been adopted. Non-profit 501(c)(3) status has been granted by the Internal
Revenue Service. Selection of a location for the museum was made by the museum
board. That location is the former W. E. Stephens Building, owned by the city
of Carthage, and located on Third Avenue. The city is leasing the building
to the museum at no cost. Renovation of the building should be completed by
mid-year with limited displays open to the public by the end of the year 2004.
Note being a donor does not make you a member so if you make a donation
apply a portion so you will also be a member!!