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Historical Society honors Elaine Cantrell with Excellence award

Elaine Scott Cantrell, right, received ETHS’s highest honor, the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement.


KNOXVILLE — The East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual Awards of Excellence were presented at the organization’s Annual Meeting on May 1, at the Foundry on the World’s Fair Site in Knoxville. 

Since 1982, the Society has been annually recognizing individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming and interpretation of the region’s history. Three Washington County initiatives were among the 28 awards presented.

Elaine Scott Cantrell received ETHS’s highest honor, the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement. Ms. Cantrell has shown outstanding contributions to history, genealogy, preservation, and documentation of Washington County and regional history and at age 89 continues to contribute in new ways. Too numerous to enumerate, Elaine’s endeavors include board and committee service, cemetery documentation, a three-year historic survey of the county, an obituary project, newsletter co-editor, director of the Jonesborough Genealogical Society, and acting as the driving force behind the creation of the Washington County Archives. She has been the recipient of numerous awards in the past.

About the East Tennessee Historical Society:

Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society has 2,000 members across the United States. Its active publications program includes the biannual genealogy magazine Tennessee Ancestors; the annual Journal of East Tennessee History; and Newsline, as well a 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.”