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Johnson City Youth Council



The Johnson City Youth Council founded in 1937 was part of a youth council ecumenical movement in the region that lasted until near the end of World War II. Its membership included young people from 29 local churches and organizations ranging from the Episcopal Church to the Salvation Army. Initiated by and for young people (many of whom were students at East Tennessee State College and Milligan College), the council worked closely with area ministers and city government. The council offered various programs, took positions on civic issues, provided recreational activities for youth on Saturday night, sponsored Easter sunrise services and Thanksgiving services. During the academic year, a monthly rally was held where famous Christian leaders were invited to speak. Speakers included Bishop Holt Hughes, Dr. Peter Marshall, Bishop James Maxon, Dr. George W. Truitt, Dr. James M. Malear, Dr. James Park McCallie, Mrs. Grace Livingston Hill, Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly, among others. According later to Rev. Billy Graham, this youth council served as a model for the beginning of his Youth for Christ movement.

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Johnson City Youth Council Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-568
Arrangement Files are arranged in alphabetical order by subject content with the scrapbook stored in an oversized box. Note: Hunt's book "Recovering the Sacred: Papers from the Sanctuary and the Academy" and a biography of Hunt written by James C. Logan titled "A Charge to Keep: The Life of Earl Gladstone Hunt, Jr." were removed and have been cataloged into Special Collections.