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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, Tennessee State Museum, and the Official Committee of the State of Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Partnership:

  • October 17, 2019 at the East Tennessee History Center, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Battle for the Ballot: An Inquiry Based Workshop on Women's Suffrage in Tennessee

Join us for a FREE educator workshop focused on the story of the women's suffrage movement and the important role Tennessee played in the ratification of the 19th amendment. Standards covered in this workshop include 5.09, 5.47, 8.42, TN.46, and US.18. 

Click here to register. Contact Kelly Wilkerson if you have any questions.

Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership:

FREE 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.

  • Dates and Topics for 2019-2020 Teacher Workshops

  • Friday, November 15, 2019: Workshop on the Cold War Era

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020: Workshop on Migration in American History

  • Saturday, May 2, 2020: Wrokshop on Industrialization in American History 

  • Summer 2020 2 day workshop, Date TBA: Teaching Historical Awareness

    This workshop will explore strategies and resources for teaching the social studies practices, with a special emphais on context and anazlysis. The workshop will feature standards-based activities and materials ready for immediate classroom use.

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.

Fall 2019 Humanities Tennessee Professional Development Opportunities:

Examining Tennessee's Story Teacher Workshops

Join East Tennesee Historical Society Curator of Education Lisa Oakley for a day of learning about stories from Tennessee's hisory which are featured in the new Tennessee social studies standards. We will explore these stories using a wide range of primary and secondary sources and share hands-on, literacy-rich strategies for using the sources in the classroom.

Cost: FREE thanks to Humanities Tennessee Sponsorship

Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register.

2019-2020 Dates:

November 9, 2019: Murfreesboro at the Murfreesboro Heritage Center--9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

December 3. 2019: Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center--9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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 

Fall 2019 NHD Workshop Dates and Locations TBA

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.