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~ 1948 Governors Football ~

Beginning in 1930, football was one of the earliest intercollegiate sports to come to Austin Peay. This program is from the October 16, 1948 match against Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. Note the writing at the top that indicates the Governors won the match, 19 to 13. The 1948 Governors football team remains one of the most successful in the history of Austin Peay football. With an overall record of 8-2, the Governors finished the season as the Volunteer State Athletic Conference Champions. Several individual players were also recognized with All-Conference Honors, including quarterback Frank Rubel. He is located in the center row, third from the right in this 1948 Governors team photograph. Do you recognize any other familiar faces?

(Images courtesy of the Randy Rubel Collection)

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~ Anti-Spitting Ordinances in Clarksville ~

In the early twentieth century, many American cities instituted anti-spitting ordinances to combat the spread of tuberculosis and other diseases. Clarksville had its own anti-spit ordinance that appeared in Dancey Fort’s 1916 Laws of the City of Clarksville with State Laws Chartering and Relating to the City. The ordinance, shown in the photograph, required that the proprietors of local businesses and offices provide spittoons and k...eep their spaces disinfected.

Note: The Archives will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, February 19.

(Image from the Cunningham-Mitchell Collection)

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Clarksville historians create online, interactive lessons on local history

Local historians create interactive lessons on Clarksville history.

~ Valentine’s Day Exhibit ~

Looking for an activity to do on Valentine’s Day? Staff members Jenna Stout and Sarah Fry recently curated this Valentine’s Day exhibit in the lobby of the Archives. Come visit the Montgomery County Archives to view vintage Valentine’s Day cards, letters, and memorabilia from Clarksville!

The exhibit will be on display at the Archives through Wednesday, February 28. Our hours are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

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~ 1907 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook ~

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are highlighting a wonderful vintage scrapbook of Valentine’s Day cards. This 1907 scrapbook is filled with RSVP cards for a Valentine’s Day party held by Alice Earl Crosman. Although the first American Valentine’s Day card dates back to the 1840s, Hallmark didn’t sell Valentine’s Day cards until 1913. Homemade cards, like those featured in this scrapbook, were the norm in a time before commer...cial Valentine’s Day cards were readily available.

Did you make homemade cards as a child? Have you kept any special cards from your past? We’d love for you to share your memories of Valentine’s Day!

(Images from the Ross-Russo Family Collection)

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~ 1966 Floterial Representative Campaign ~

From 1967 to 1972, Montgomery County was grouped together with Houston and Humphreys Counties into the 27th Floterial District for the Tennessee General Assembly. A Floterial District allows separate districts that have too small a population on their own to qualify for an additional representative to combine their populations and gain additional representation. This campaign poster is from Patrick Monaghan’s 1966 run for Floterial Representative. Monaghan lost the election to Frank J. Runyon, who went on to serve as a representative for Montgomery County until 1970.

(Image from the Political Campaign Materials Collection)

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~ The Amateur Garden Club ~

In celebration of Groundhog Day, we are looking forward to the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Many of us equate springtime with blooming flowers so we thought we’d highlight one of Clarksville’s historic garden clubs.

Chartered in 1942, the Amateur Garden Club was a social organization in Clarksville, Tennessee. Monthly meetings were held at the homes of club members. Lectures and workshops on gardening topics, such as floral design and ...English-style gardens, were presented. Over the course of each year, members competed in contests and earned points for best floral arrangements. The Club went on outings to local gardening attractions, including Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville. The January 21, 1975 entry noted that a planned trip to Pinewood might be cancelled due to the gas crisis. In addition to field trips, the club members volunteered for charitable work like washing doll clothes for the Montgomery County Toy Drive and donated books (e.g. Flower Arrangement) to the public library. Comprised of all females, the Amateur Garden Club hosted an annual husbands’ dinner for their spouses.

The Hazel E. Goodlett Collection contains the minutes of the Amateur Garden, 1959-1982. The minute book shown in the photograph belonged to Mrs. Collier Goodlett, Sr. (Liz Tandy Goodlett), the mother-in-law of Hazel Goodlett.

(Image from the Hazel E. Goodlett Collection)

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~ Space Age Valentine ~

This vintage Valentine’s Day card of a couple aboard a spaceship originated during the Space Age. Starting with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Space Age witnessed the development of scientific and technological innovations as the United States and Soviet Union raced against one another. Valentine’s Day cards, like the one pictured, reflected the public interest in space exploration.

Visit the Archives to see this Valentine’s Day card and others in... our “Valentine’s Day in Clarksville” exhibit! The display will be available for viewing through the end of February.

(Image from the Ross-Russo Family Collection).

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~ Purple and Gold ~

This May 1914 Purple and Gold is the earliest edition of the Clarksville High School literary magazine held in the Montgomery County Archives collection. It appears that only part of the publication survived, but it does include a portion of the “Will of the Senior Class, 1914.” This was a common feature in the May editions of the Purple and Gold, where the graduating class willed nicknames and other attributes to younger class members. In this will the se...nior class leaves the ability to hit home runs to “the probable captain of future ball teams,’ Mr. James Holleman.

If you have any copies of the Purple and Gold and would be interested in donating them to the Archives we are actively collecting editions published from 1910 through 1932.
(Images from the Purple and Gold Collection)

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~ “A Clarksville Flapper of 1993’s Diary” ~

In November 1923, Clarksville High School students published this imagining of what life would be like for a young flapper seventy years in the future. This is just a sample of the interesting writings to be found in the Purple and Gold Collection!

(Image located in Special Collections, Purple and Gold Collection, November 1923

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~ The 1999 Tornado ~

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 1999 Clarksville tornado. The Montgomery County Archives department at the time was located in the basement of the courthouse. The tornado set in motion a number of moves for the Montgomery Count Archives. The photographs show the tornado destruction on 3rd Street as well as some of the salvageable records from the courthouse.

Where were you when the tornado struck Clarksville? We’d love for you to share any memories or photographs of the 1999 tornado and its aftermath that you have with us.

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~ Valentine’s Day in Clarksville ~

There are many ways that Clarksville residents have celebrated Valentine’s Day over the years. At one time Austin Peay State College held an annual Valentine’s Day Ball, crowning two students the King and Queen of Hearts. This picture from the 1964 Farewell and Hail shows Mary Smith and James Simmons decked out in their finest for the dance.

If you’d like to see more, come check out our new exhibit, Valentine’s Day in Clarksville, now on through the end of February at the Montgomery County Archives.

(Image from the Austin Peay Yearbook Collection)

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~ Fredonia School Group ~

While processing Annie Irene Clardy’s Grand Tour Collection, we found this 1937 photograph of students gathered with their school teacher. The Fredonia School, organized prior to 1929, initially included junior high students. By 1938, the dwindling pool of ninth and tenth graders forced the school to limit enrollment to first through eighth graders.

Do you recognize any familiar faces in the group? We’d love any help identifying the Fredonia student...s and teacher.

More information about Fredonia School and other schools in Montgomery County can be found in Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools: Pictorial & Historical Collection, Vol. 1 & II. These two volumes are available in the reference library of the Archives. Personal copies can also be purchased for $25 each at the Archives.

Note: The Archives is closed today due to inclement weather.

(Image from Annie Irene Clardy’s Grand Tour Collection)

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~ First Baptist Church, 1917 Cornerstone ~

From its establishment in 1831 to today, the First Baptist Church of Clarksville has undergone a lot of changes and growth. The church constructed its first building on the corner of Madison and 5th Streets in 1873 which became the first permanent home for the congregation. The congregation continued to grow and in 1917 the church constructed on a new sanctuary in the same location as the first building. The photograph below shows a ...crowd gathered to watch the laying of the cornerstone for the new building. Now known as the Faith Building, this building is still in use by the church today.

Note: The Archives is closed today due to the winter weather. It will also be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

(Image from the First Baptist Church Collection)

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~ The Friends of the Library ~

While conducting a book inventory, an Archives staff member recently discovered this library information card tucked inside a box of books. The library’s address is listed as 329 Main Street, where the library moved in October 1962.

The Friends of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, advertised on the reverse side of the card, formed in April 1974 to boost public involvement with the local library. Membership fees ranged from $.50 ...for students to $1 for adults. Frank Hodgson served as the first president of the organization. The Friends of the Library maintains an active role in fund-raising and volunteer work. Membership fees now include: individual ($5), family ($10), Patron ($25), Tyler ($50), and Gracey ($100 or more).

For more information, please visit the Archives to read Timothy W. Pulley’s History of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library, 1894-1994.

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