Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed May 29, 2017
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed May 29, 2017
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed May 29, 2017
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed May 29, 2017
865-215-8800

Events & Programs


East Tennessee Historical Society Programs

As the public programming arm of the East Tennessee History Center, the East Tennessee Historical Society presents a variety of programs on historical topics featuring diverse subjects, speakers, and formats.  These include a Brown Bag and quarterly lecture series, conferences, tours, “A Tennessee Conversation” series with special speakers, a history fair, and teacher and student programs.

Upcoming Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 3, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Discover more of your family history through stories, historical events, obituaries, images, etc. Newsbank has access to nearly 10,000 sources from more than 160 countries, including the Knoxville News Sentinel’s 1922-1990 digitized editions, and Proquest has five other digitized publications as early as 1851.

    Space is limited....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Steve Cotham, MA, MLS, Manager, McClung Historical Collection

    The book, microfilm, manuscript, and internet facilities of the McClung Historical Collection, and how to use them to advance your genealogical research. Tour of the Collection included. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Knoxville’s civil rights movement is an important, yet often understudied, part of the city’s history. Michael, Blum, adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, seeks to remedy this. His talk will provide historical background, explain how the civil rights movement in Knoxville unfolded, and analyze its place in American...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Doris Martinson, MLS, CA, Head, Knox County Archives

    How to use county records (births, civil court, criminal court, deaths, deeds, divorces, probate, tax, wills) for investigating ancestors. Examples from the extensive resources of the Knox County Archives will be shown. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Arthur Bohanan will discuss his new book, Prints of a Man, detailing his career of 55 years in the criminal justice field. A curious mind and a high school interest in fingerprints took him from Sevier County to the top of his profession as a forensics specialist, inventor, and crime solver. He is perhaps best known for his invention...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd

    Advanced techniques in genealogical research beyond online sources with special attention to primary sources. Participants should have completed some family research including census and internet work, and should bring the research they have already done.

    Pre-registration is required and opens on...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    National History Day (NHD) competition is an annual contest for middle and high school students. Each year middle and high school students advance from school, district, and state levels to compete in the national finals at College Park, Maryland. East Tennessee students have proven amazingly competitive. This program will feature video...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 12, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD

    Finding your Civil War ancestor, service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries. Participants should bring names and states of known or suspected Civil War ancestors.

    Pre-registration is required and...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA and/or George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD.

    Students use individual computers to access over 10 billion records including census and voter lists, birth, marriage & death, military, immigration & emigration, newspapers and periodicals, pictures, stories & histories, directories, court, land, wills...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    A tavern in Rogersville, a courthouse in Jefferson County, a shop in Rogersville—these are among the sites that mark the presence of David Crockett in East Tennessee. Was Crockett really born on a mountain top in Tennessee? Who was Margaret Elder, and is it true that she jilted him before the wedding? Joe Swann, the pre-eminent historian of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd

    How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources. Participants should bring the names, birth dates and birth places of parents and grandparents.

    Pre-registration is required and opens April 24. Call 865-215-8809 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In a special lecture on Sunday, April 30, Julie Warren Conn will discuss her career as a sculptor working with Tennessee Marble and share her memories of an older generation of stone carvers in Knoxville, whom she describes as Italian, "true stone carvers, working as Michelangelo did centuries before...with simple hammers and chisel," and came...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 29, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD

    Students use individual computers to locate graves (well over 300 million entries now available) through FindaGrave, Interment, and BillionGraves, as well as special state, local, and military sites.

    Pre-registration is required and begins April...