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

  • The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
    September 24, 2019 - 6:30pm
    The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775- 1777

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society as we welcome back the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Rick Atkinson, for a special lecture and books singing of his new book The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. Volume...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Digital Materials Librarian Jennifer Randles will take us on a tour of the vast collection of records available via the newly-redesigned Tennessee Virtual Archive. This free online depository of Tennessee’s history was overhauled in 2018 to make it more mobile-friendly and more accessible to the public. Researchers can now find thousands of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 5, 2019 - 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 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

    In his new book, Historic Disasters of East Tennessee, author and historian Dewaine A. Speaks chronicles the stories of a series of disasters that have taken place in East Tennessee. The 1902 Fraterville Mine explosion, took the lives of 216 men and boys. The New Market train wreck in 1904 claimed 64, and in 2016, the Great Smoky...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 12, 2019 - 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
    October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    On Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a spooky event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore! The event will...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

    “I never felt connected with my foster parents. I don’t remember feeling a part of their family. I’m not sure why; I guess I just suspected something wasn’t right.”

    Born 1940 in Rotterdam, Clara van Thijn was separated from her parents on July 29, 1942, when they reported for the first Jewish transport headed for Auschwitz and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

    One of the most-talked-about events of the Cold War was the drowning of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers of the Soviet Union, May 1, 1960. Tried for espionage and held for nearly two years in a Soviet prison, Powers was eventually exchanged by a senior KGB spy. Though cleared by the U.S. government of any wrongdoing...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 21, 2019 - 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 September 9 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 21, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    For the twelfth consecutive year, the Museum of East Tennessee History is pleased to join with museums across the country to participate in Museum Day by offering free admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Museum Day is a program of Smithsonian magazine.

    The Museum Day ticket can be downloaded at...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join Jack Neely for a Brown Bag Lecture and book signing as he discusses his latest book, Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor's Guide to Its Stories and Places, a comprehensive and engaging guide to scores of sites and institutions relevant to the city's endlessly fascinating, but often little known, history. Jack will also...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. There are 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 18 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia, for a total of 3,142 counties and county-equivalents in the United States. Students will explore online genealogical materials...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 9, 2019 - 9:00pm

    A Fortress and a Legacy combines engaging dialogue and historical accuracy with the pathos of a family torn by war. The heart and soul of the story is an exchange of more than 1,000 letters between Knoxville native and B-17 bombardier Lt. Ross W. “Bud” Perrin and his bride, Thelma, who was both Miss Knoxville and a 1940 Miss American contestant...