Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 2017
First Floor
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 2017
Third Floor
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 2017
Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 2017
East Tennessee Historical Society Teacher Workshops

Teacher Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society offers a variety of teacher workshops in various topics, formats, and times.  All programs are rich in content and methods instruction and are correlated to meet or exceed state curriculum requirements.

East Tennessee Historical Society Workshops

For district-level workshops:

Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service related to any of the offerings found below or other social studies content or strategy needs. (865) 215-8828 or

Tennessee State Library & Archives Partnership:

  • March 20, 2018 : WWI Workshop, East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S Gay St., Knoxville--email Lisa if you are interested, and keep a watch for more details this fall.

Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership 2017-2018 Dates Announced:

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) workshops introduce teachers to the rich digital collection of documents, records, and photos available through the Library of Congress website.  TPS workshops are scheduled periodically and in various locations in the region and state.  Watch for notices and check back with us to learn about upcoming dates.

As the regional TPS facilitator, ETHS works under the direction of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, who administers the workshops for Tennessee and is a state affiliate of the Teaching with Primary Sources program.

  • September 29, 2017: Jim Crow Era
  • October 27, 2017: Integrating Historical Thinking Skills
  • December 1, 2017: American Imperialism 
  • March 17, 2018: Women's Suffrage (Anniversary Panel Program on topic the next day, March 18 at ETHS)
  • May 5, 2018: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP), to be held at the Treemont Environmental Center in the GSMNP
  • June 7-8, 2018: Primary Source Process and Strategies: From Artifacts to Text (and everything in between)

Workshops have limited seating so register today by emailing Lisa Oakley, or by calling (865) 215-8828.

Workshops are held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street in downtown Knoxville (across from the Tennessee Theatre) unless otherwise noted.  Materials, lunch, travel stipend and certificate of participation are provided.


University of Tennessee Department of History Partnership:

  • Spring 2018 :  Annual Workshop for History Teachers--keep an eye out for more info...

This half-day program of lectures and conversation offers East Tennessee educators a chance to learn about the latest research from department faculty. It also provides a chance for high school and university teachers to share ideas about how to improve the teaching of history. Registration is $20. For more information or to register once the date is announced, contact Mary Beckley at

New for 2018: Partnership with Tennessee Geographic Alliance, the UT Department of Geography, and McClung Museum of History and Culture:

September 26, 2017: Civil War Resources, Landscapes, and Mapping Technologies (5-12 grade teachers), 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.--begin at the East Tennessee History Center with location visits as well. Click here for more information and email Lisa Oakley for more information or to register today. 

Humanities Tennessee Workshops

The East Tennessee Historical Society has partnered with Humanities Tennessee since 1989 to provide quality professional development for teachers across the region and state.

Tennessee History Highlights

Content and strategies will focus on 4th, 5th, and 8th grade American history curriculum standards that relate to Tennessee's story. A special focus will be given to Tennessee's frontier and Civil War stories. Host community stories will also be featured. Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register. 

Summer 2017 Dates:

  • July 14, 2017: Historic Rugby, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Register Today (only a few seats left)
  • July 29, 2017: Historic Promised Land in Dickson County, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • August 4, 2017: Discovery Park of America, Union City, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Fall 2018 learning expeditions for teachers will be promoted soon... stay tuned!

Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found online at   

Humanities Tennessee is the state affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities.          

National History Day Teacher Workshops 

September 8, 2017: Theme, Tricks, and Tips for 2018 NHD Season, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center

East Tennessee Regional Coordinator Lisa Oakley and Kira Duke with TPS MTSU will take NHD beyond the basics to focus on this year's theme Conflict and Compromise in History and how to effectively choose a topic, research, and develop a thesis argument related to the theme. Tips and tricks for successful projects will also be discussed and shared by presenters and among participants. This workshop will be designed for teachers who have knowledge about and experience with NHD. Email to register TODAY!

Would you like to learn more about how to introduce or enhance the National History Day program in your classroom?  We can schedule a workshop for teachers or come out to the classroom to discuss History Day logistics and explore this year's theme, "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on arranging a workshop or classroom outreach, please contact Lisa Oakley by e-mail or by calling (865) 215-8828.