Second Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 10
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed April 10
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 31, 2020 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    On Saturday, October 31, 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 31, 2020 - 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.  Call 865-215-8809 starting Oct. 19 to register.

  • November 10, 2020 - 6:30pm

    The 2020 East Tennessean of the Year  - Honoree to be Announced Soon

                   November 10, 2020

                Half Past Six in the Event

               Cherokee Country Club

    ...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

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

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 14, 2020 - 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.  Call...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 5, 2020 - 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.  Call 865-215-8809 starting Nov. 23 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 12, 2020 - 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 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include local authors, storytelling, shop discounts, sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Holiday and traditional musical...

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    April 22, 2021 - 8:00pm

    Given the circumstances surrounding the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of our members, patrons and community, An Evening with Jon Meacham at the Bijou Theatre has been rescheduled to April 22, 2021. The Bijou Theatre advises they will hold tickets already purchased for this new date, but if the date does not work...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    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 April 27 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    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.  Call 865-...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    Instructor: Vicky Bills, MSIS, McClung Historical Collection. A house’s history involves much more than just its structure. The history of the people who have lived there can be obtained through city directory search, obituary records, newspaper articles, deeds and tax lists, insurance maps,...

  • @ The Jonesborough Genealogical Society
    March 28, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host its monthly Genealogy Day with speaker, Ann Blomquist, an experienced genealogist who serves as the administrator for the First Families of Tennessee project of the East Tennessee...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    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...