TAMIS preserving Knoxville’s history by film

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Cannisters of old film footage of historic people and places in Knoxville, including WATE, are stored in a special vault deep within the East Tennessee History Center downtown. It’s all part of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound or TAMIS.

TAMIS Audio Visual Archivist John Morton likes nothing better than to carefully go through old film reels, never knowing what kind of treasure he’ll find from some of your old home movies.

“A lot of our most fascinating artifacts are coming from these family collections, and it’s really interesting for folks to rediscover their movies and to kind of take stock of how time has passed and how all of a sudden their home movies have historical content,” Morton said.


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