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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • August 13, 1942

    On this day in 1942, the U.S. Government established the Manhattan Project, a secret effort to develop an atomic bomb.  A month later, they decide to construct a facility for the project at Oak Ridge.