Donate to the Collections
Museum of East Tennessee History
Do you own a piece of history?
Historical objects are powerful connectors to the past. As educational tools from which we can learn about individuals and eras, these artifacts are a valuable historical resource for changing exhibits, research, education programs, and to preserve and illustrate the story of the region and its families.
The Museum of East Tennessee History opened in 1993 with a very small collection that has now grown to more than 11,000 artifacts. Objects donated to the collection form a valuable historical resource for changing exhibitions, for research purposes, education programs, and to preserve and illustrate the story of our region and its families.
The East Tennessee History Center, housed with both library and museum collections, is a popular depository for donors who want to keep family collections of papers and documents, as well as artifacts, intact in one place.
The East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum
The East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum collects three-dimensional items from across the region to illustrate everyday life and a diverse range of people and eras, from the Cherokee and frontier settlement to the twentieth century. Decorative arts--paintings, furniture, pottery, textiles--also form an important part of our collection.
To learn more about donating three-dimensional items (furniture, clothing, military, etc.) to the ETHS collections, please contact Michele MacDonald, curator of collections, ETHS, P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901, (865) 215-8829, or macdonald@eastTNhistory.org. You can also view a list of our "wish list" items.
The McClung Historical Collection
The McClung Historical Collection accepts one-dimensional items, such as correspondence and documents, as well as genealogical information and research, books, papers, manuscripts, ephemera, and photographs. To donate items, contact the McClung Collection manager, Steve Cotham, (865) 215-8808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to ETHS and the McClung Historical Collection