Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Nov. 23-24, 2017
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Nov. 23, 2017
  • Holiday Hours Nov. 24 10am - 4 pm
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 Nov. 23-24, 2017
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Nov. 23-24, 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
    December 9, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include live music, craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, balloon animals, local authors, and holiday refreshments. Crafter...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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

    Students use an individual computer to explore the major internet sites for state, county, and city genealogical records.

    Pre-registration is required and opens on November 27. Call (865) 215-8819 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    January 13, 2018 - 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 explore the seven major genealogical sites: Ancestry, Family Search, FindmyPast, MyHeritage, Fold3, Google, Cyndis List. Call 865-215-8809 starting January 2 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources. Call 865-215-8809 starting Jan 22 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or KCPLS staff. 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...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 24, 2018 - 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 access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical internet site. Items to be explored include available records, family trees, catalog of library items, scanned genealogical books...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 10, 2018 - 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 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...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Cells/chromosomes/DNA, types of DNA studies (Y, mito, auto), DNA strings, string inheritance, 5-generation possibility, autosomal descent, matching probabilities, time arenas, ethnic origins, limitations. Lecture will be in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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

    Finding your Revolutionary War ancestor, service records, pension records, bounty land records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries, descendants of the veterans, loyalist records. Participants should bring names of service men....

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

    During the depths of the Great Depression, some 76,000 men, ages 17-25, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Tennessee, building bridges, dams, and roads, stocking fish, building state parks, and providing rescue relief. Much of their work remains today. Through short segments of his PBS film and excerpts from his book, Mr. Jamerson...

  • A Panel of Authors, Moderated by Julia Watts
    November 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Edited by Julia Watts and Larry Smith, Unbroken Circle is an anthology highlighting people and stories from the American South. Participating authors include Knoxvillians Julia Watts, L. Mahayla Smith, Melanie Haws, Tom Ray, David Hunter, and from Memphis, Charles Dodd White. 

    Presented by the Friends of the Knox County...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 10, 2017 - 9:00am to November 11, 2017 - 4:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans and active duty military to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Friday, November 10, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for the Veterans Day Parade, and on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. “Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, Jack Neely will explore the history of epidemics and major outbreaks in East Tennessee and how they shaped our community. The program is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read, featuring Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, the story of a small...