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Second Floor
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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

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.

  • June 9-10 : Excerpting Text Documents 

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:

  • September 10 : 36th 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


The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and East Tennessee Historical Society Workshops

Using Multiple Lines of Evidence in Historical Research 

Middle and High School Teachers

July 20 at the East Tennessee History Center

July 21 at Blount Mansion and McClung Museum

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture and the East Tennessee Historical Society will present a two-day professional development workshop July 20 and 21 for 8th grade and high school U.S. history teachers on "Using Multiple Lines of Evidence in Historical Research." In addition to primary sources, such as documents, photographs, and maps, the workshop will feature historical archaeology and using material culture as primary sources. Material culture includes artifacts as well as other data obtained from excavations, historical buildings, special use spaces such as cemeteries and manufacturing shops, and other physical remains of the past.

The workshop is held in advance of the new exhibition, Knoxville Unearthed, at the McClung Museum opening September 8, featuring the historic archaeology of local 18th and 19th century sites. 

Instructors include Lisa Oakley, Curator of Education at ETHS, and Dr. Timothy Baumann, Curator of Archaeology at McClung Museum.

Teachers will receive a resource packet that they can use in the classroom and lunch both days. The cost of the two-day workshop is $35. Limited enrollment. For more information, or to register, please email Debbie Woodiel or call 865-974-2144. For more information, please see the workshop flyer.


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, 8th, and high school American history curriculum standards that relate to Tennessee's story. A special focus will be given to Tennessee's frontier, Civil War, industrialization and labor, and women's suffrage stories. Host community stories will also be featured. Please contact Lisa Oakley for more information or to register. 

  • June 30 : East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, TN
  • July 14 : Museum Center at 5ive Points, Clevelend, TN- POSTPONED, NEW DATE TBA
  • July 18 : Granville Museum, Granville, TN
  • September 16 : Discovery Park of America, Union City, TN
  • October 10 : Metro Nashville's Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School, Nashville, TN

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.

 Taking a Stand in History Through the Oak Ridge Story

 July 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville, TN

 ETHS Staff and Joel Walker, an education specialist with the National Archives at Atlanta, with the support of UT-Battelle Oak  Ridge National Laboratory, will present a seven hour NHD workshop on the 2017 theme. We will give special attention to the    Oak Ridge story. For teachers new to NHD, the first session will be an introduction. We will then cover researching and      developing a topic/thesis related to the theme.