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....
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 CenterMarch 1, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
@ 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...
@ 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,...
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 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...
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 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...
From the Archives: Finding East Tennessee's Marble Story | A Brown Bag Lecture with Dr. Susan W. Knowles@ East Tennessee History CenterDecember 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...
@ East Tennessee History CenterNovember 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
Kiffin Rockwell, a Newport, TN native, volunteered for the French Foreign Legion at the outbreak of World War I and became the first American pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft during the war. He was awarded the Medaile militaire and the Croiz de gueerre for these valiant efforts. Rockwell died in combat in 1916 when his plane was shot down,...
Knoxville's 'Merry-Go-Round,' Ciderville and the East Tennessee Country Music Scene | Lecture & Book Signing@ East Tennessee History CenterNovember 6, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Knoxville’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and its cast of musicians are the subject of a lecture and book signing by Ruth B. White at the East Tennessee History Center, November 6. The occasion celebrates the launch of White’s new book, Knoxville’s ‘Merry-Go-Round,’ Ciderville, and the East Tennessee Music Scene.
The noonday radio show...
@ Knoxville Museum of ArtOctober 20, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr. Monique Y. Wells, founder and director of the organization dedicated to preserving Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney’s artistic legacy in Paris, will speak at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Thursday October 20 5:30-7:30pm followed by a reception with cash bar. The program, jointly sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the East...
@ East Tennessee History CenterOctober 20, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
In a Brown Bag Lecture on Thursday, October 20, local historian and Shopper columnist Dr. Jim Tumblin will discuss his new book, Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference, the history of Knoxville’s most fiercely independent community as told through the stories of 56 extraordinary citizens. From pioneers to civic leaders...
@ East Tennessee History CenterOctober 19, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
In the first of two October events in the Books Sandwiched In series, we are honored to welcome Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett on October 19 for a discussion of I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles...
People of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions | A Brown Bag Lecture with Calivn Dickinson & Michael Birdwell@ East Tennessee History CenterOctober 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, October 12, Tennessee Technological University professors Calvin Dickinson and Michael Birdwell will discuss their new book People of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions. The anthology, recently named the “Tennessee History Book of the Year” by the Tennessee Library Association,...
@ East Tennessee History CenterSeptember 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
For decades, Julian Burke has collected unique pieces of broadcasting equipment, including original announcer microphones from WNOX, the legendary Knoxville radio station known as the “Cradle of Country Music.” Burke will share early history and artifacts from WNOX’s studio, which hosted the 1929-1930 Vocalion recording sessions and is featured...