Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 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 Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 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
    February 25, 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 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...

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

    In 1956, twelve courageous young students made history when they walked into Clinton High School, making it the first public high school in the Southeast to desegregate. The community’s initially constructive approach was marred by the violence and strife incited by outside agitators, a storm quelled only by the calling of the National Guard....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    A lawyer, politician, civil rights advocate, and gubernatorial candidate, William Yardley achieved a number of “firsts” at a time when it was unacceptable for an African American to do so. He was born in Knoxville to an Irish mother and an African American father and was befriended and mentored by the Yardleys, a prominent white family from...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 18, 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 access over 10 billion records including census and voter lists, birth, marriage & death, military, immigration & emigration, newspapers and periodicals, pictures, stories & histories, directories, court...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    East Tennessee native and best-selling author Amy Greene will deliver the annual Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture. Greene is the author of Long Man and Bloodroot, both set regionally. The Atlantic Constitution describes her writing as “Luminous . . . . In language as unadorned and lovely as a country quilt,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 24, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    From a colorful youth growing up in the governor’s mansion to a distinguished military career and eight terms as a United States Congressman, Bob Clement, son of former Tennessee Governor Frank Clement, has enjoyed a firsthand look at the politics of world events in the second half of the twentieth century. In his new book, Presidents,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 25, 2017 - 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.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Dr. Michelle Commander of the Africana Studies program, University of Tennessee, will lead a discussion of the Octavia Butler novel, Kindred, in which a young African American woman is wrenched through time from 1976 back to antebellum Maryland, where she meets her ancestors: a white slave owner and the proud black free woman he has...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 4, 2017 - 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. Participants should bring the names, birth dates and birth places of parents and grandparents.

    Pre-registration is required and opens January 23. Call 865-215-8809 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    January 14, 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
    December 10, 2016 - 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 access records on the War of 1812. Access to service records, bounty land record, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries, descendants of the veterans. Participants should bring names of service...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 10, 2016 - 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 10. Entertainment will be provided by the Smokyland Sound Chorus of the Greater Knoxville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Activities include craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 7, 2016 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm

    "From the Archives: Finding East Tennessee’s Marble Story" is the subject of a lecture to be presented by Dr. Susan W. Knowles, Wednesday, December 7, at the East Tennessee History Center.

    Her interest piqued by Tennessee marble she saw in the United States Capitol, Knowles set out to learn more about marble from the East Tennessee...