In a special lecture on Sunday, April 30, Julie Warren Conn will discuss her career as a sculptor working with Tennessee Marble and share her memories of an older generation of stone carvers in Knoxville, whom she describes as Italian, "true stone carvers, working as Michelangelo did centuries before...with simple hammers and chisel," and came...
Love history and want to learn more? Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects. Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.
@ East Tennessee History CenterApril 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Few industries have had as historic and enduring effect on architecture across our nation as the marble industry of East Tennessee. Tennessee Marble, though not as steeped in antiquity as many European stones, has been quarried continuously in East Tennessee for lime and dimension stone since colonial times. Because it has national and...
@ East Tennessee History CenterApril 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Do you have an item made of marble quarried in East Tennessee that has been passed down in your family or purchased at a yard sale or auction or photographs or documents pertaining to the marble industry? If so, the East Tennessee Historical Society would like to know about it.
The East Tennessee Historical Society has been documenting...
Friendly Faces: Dr. Andy Holt: President, University of Tennessee, 1959-1970 | Brown Bag Lecture by Dr. Joe Johnson@ East Tennessee History CenterApril 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Dr. Andy Holt is remembered for his inspirational outlook and for the growth of the university under his tenure, a record that included a tripling of student enrollment, a doubling of faculty and staff, and the addition of eight new buildings. Dr. Joe Johnson, a close friend and colleague and president emeritus of the University of Tennessee,...
@ East Tennessee History CenterMarch 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...
@ East Tennessee History CenterMarch 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Every cell in your body has a set of chemical strings called DNA. They contain DNA inherited from many of the ancestors in your family tree. Modern technology permits us to find the portions given to you by your forebears. By correlating this information with your genealogical research, you can trace back to most, if not all, of your ancestors...
Presidents, Kings, and Convicts: My Journey from the Tennessee Governor's Residence to the Halls of Congress | Special Lecture & Book Signing with Bob Clement@ East Tennessee History CenterMarch 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 CenterMarch 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 CenterMarch 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...