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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

Check regularly for changing Tennessee History and National History Day after school and Saturday workshops.

For district-level workshops:
Please contact Lisa Oakley, curator of education, to schedule a district in-service or other workshop for faculty groups. (865) 215-8828 or

Tennessee State Library & Archives Partnership:

  • March 21 : Westward, Ho! Tennessee Becomes a State

                              East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S Gay St., Knoxville

The Tennessee State Library and Archives will be offering workshops on early Tennessee settlements. We'll be exploring how a wilderness area of North Carolina became the state of Tennessee. Focusing on primary sources, this workshop will explore the western expansion that leads to the creation of the Watauga Settlement, the Cumberland Settlement, the Lost State of Franklin, and ultimately changes the Southwest Territory into the state of Tennessee. Additionally, we'll be exploring the challenges that arose between the Indian populations inhabiting the area and the white settlers who pursued westward expansion.

Teacher participants receive lunch and a $50 stipend to assist with mileage and travel expenses. If you'd like to register, please follow the link below the city/date you wish to attend. Questions? Please contact or by phone at (615) 979-6113.

Click here to register for Knoxville!

Teaching with Primary Sources MTSU Partnership:
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.

  • New Date... March 11 : Strategies for Using Text-Based Sources in the Elementary Classroom
  • June 8-9 : Using Text-Based Sources in the Upper Grades (both days required)

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).  Materials, lunch, travel stipend and certificate of participation are provided.


University of Tennessee Department of History Partnership:

  • Date TBA :  Annual Workshop for History Teachers.

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


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 to come soon!


Lesson Plans from past workshops can be found online at   



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


2016 National History Day Teacher Workshops 


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, "Taking a Stand 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.