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Brian Kyle received an award of distinction for organizing the J.L. Cook School Alumni Night in Philadelphia, Tennessee.

Gerald (Jerry) Mustin of Oak Ridge received the lifetime achievement in living history award for his portrayal of a long hunter in Living History events including those by the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

The Greeneville Greene County History Museum received an award of distinction for the Willie Brown Exhibit, “Vintage Greeneville–Pictures from the Past” and its interpretive videos/promotions.

James Shular of Sevierville received the lifetime achievement award for historical projects spanning his lifetime, including several books.

Joan Markel received the lifetime achievement in Civil War history award for serving as Civil War curator for the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for 29 years. (photo credit:

The Jonesborough Genealogical Society received two awards of distinction, one for the Jonesborough Heritage Fair and the other for its bus tours of Washington County. The society also received a history in the media award for the newspaper column “Digging for Your Roots.”

Julian Bankston (left) and Peter Merrill (right) received an award of distinction for the Historic Rugby Print Shop Restorations.

The Mossy Creek Foundation received an award of distinction for the Mossy Creek Station renovation.

Steven Broyles received a community history award for historic preservation of the Baileyton and Chuckey communities, including Baileyton Days.

East Tennessee State University professor Ted Olson received the Ramsey Award for Lifetime Achievement. Olson is a professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies in East Tennessee State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the author of numerous works in his field, and a music historian who has seven Grammy nominations. (photo credit: ETSU)

The Ramsey award, named for ETHS founder Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey, is reserved for one individual annually, who, over the course of a lifetime, has made outstanding contributions to the understanding and preservation of East Tennessee history.