Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 2017
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 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 Sept. 4, 2017
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Sept. 4, 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
    October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Join Friends, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with best-selling author Denise Kiernan on Thursday, October 5, at the East Tennessee History Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m., Kiernan will speak about and sign copies of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 7, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Join us for a day of fun and learning for Brownies!

    Discover your own story and learn about the diversity of East Tennessee! Together let's explore the history of our region while "Celebrating Community" and getting acquainted with the stories of some of the women in the museum. You will also get a start on your "My Family Story" badge...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 7, 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
    October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Popular Appalachian author and New York Times best-seller Sharyn McCrumb will be at the East Tennessee History Center on October 10 as part of a launch tour for her new book, The Unquiet Grave. Set in 19th century West Virginia, McCrumb’s novel is based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In conjunction with the feature exhibition Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection guest co-curator and nationally and internationally known quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel will share her favorite Southern quilt stories, including several from the exhibit.

    Merikay Waldvogel...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 14, 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
    October 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

    Saturday, October 21, the Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) will be participating in Home Movie Day. Now in its 15th year, the international event invites people to bring their home movies to locations around the world to view and celebrate these unique looks at our communities and cultures.

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  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    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...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 23, 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 September 11. Call 865-215-8809 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    For the tenth year in a row, the Museum of East Tennessee History will offer free admission on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in celebration of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day Live!

    The event represents the commitment of the Smithsonian and other museums to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Quilts often pose mysteries, such as where did the quilt come from, who are all these people whose names are on the quilt? In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, September 13, Cindy Stuart will use “mystery quilts” as examples to explain the research techniques she uses to find answers, many of which, she notes, are free or inexpensive and...

  • Free Admission for Military Personnel and Their Families
    May 23, 2017 - 9:00am to September 3, 2017 - 4:00pm

    For the seventh year, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) is pleased to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums to offer free museum admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their immediate families, as well as National Guard and Reserves, from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017. Blue Star Museums is a...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 2, 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 &...