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History of Magnavox talk to be held at J.C. Public Library

JOHNSON CITY (April 8, 2013) – “Magnavox: The Great Voice Speaks Again” is the topic of a presentation to be given at the Johnson City Public Library on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.

George Collins of the Magnavox Historical Preservation Association will give the free public talk, which is co-sponsored by the library and Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, which is published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.  Magnavox artifacts will also be on display as part of the event.

“Magnavox” is a word synonymous with post-World War II economic development in East Tennessee.  Once Tennessee’s fifth largest employer, Magnavox opened its first Greeneville plant in 1947.  Additional plants were later opened in Johnson City, Morristown and Jefferson City, and in Western North Carolina, as well.

Collins is the retired director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College with over 40 years of experience in non-profit management and museum operations.  Over the past three years, he has been involved in collecting Magnavox archives and in the development of two exhibits on the history of the company and its products.

An article and photo history about Magnavox will be featured in the spring/summer issue of Now & Then, which will be released in June.  That issue will focus on Appalachian industry. 

For more information, call the Johnson City Public Library at (423) 434-4454.