The Crackerjacks Memorabilia
1989-1992 and undated
KC Manuscript Collection 185

Archives of the City of Kingsport
Kingsport, Tennessee
The Crackerjacks collection of memorabilia consists of a photograph, sheet music for “I Get a Kick Out of Kingsport,” a news clipping, and a bumper sticker that reads “The Crackerjacks Sang for Me.” Janice Treadway formed the performance group in 1974. When first organized, the group consisted of six women and was called The Singing Housewives. The following year their number increased to twelve, and the group became The Crackerjacks. By the mid-1990s membership increased to 16 singers. The group sang mostly upbeat spirituals, show tunes, and popular songs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. In later years the group added choreography to their performances and a feature called The Message Parlor, wherein they would alter lyrics to suit specific audiences or individuals. The group had disbanded by 2002.

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

This collection should be cited as:
The Crackerjacks Memorabilia, 1989-1992 and undated. KC Manuscript Collection 185, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Louise Ammons donated this collection in May 2002.

Brian Wilson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in 2003.
Jeff A. Jenson created the online finding aid in February 2007. Brianne Johnson revised the finding aid in May 2008.


  • Crackerjacks, The (Musical group)
  • Women–Societies and Clubs


The Crackerjacks

Musical members of the Crackerjacks performed for local and regional…