Lectures

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.

Previous Lectures

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    WNOX began broadcasting in 1922 as the eighth radio station in the nation. Old time, gospel, blues, jazz, and other styles performed by local talent filled the station’s airtime and showcased Knoxville as a melting pot of musical culture. Bradley Reeves, archivist at the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, will share rare film clips,...

  • Presented in Partnership with the Friends of the Knox County Public Library
    March 22, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    Erik Larson, widely acclaimed master of page-turning nonfiction sagas, will speak in Knoxville at the Bijou Theatre on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.  Larson, who divides his time between New York City and Seattle, is the author of four national bestsellers: In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, The Devil in the White City...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 9, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In November 1917, Knoxville was scene to a tense showdown between activists for women’s votes, local law enforcement, and Tennessee lawyers. Wanda Sobieski uses this story of controversy and courage as a starting point to explore the struggle over voting rights in our region. Tennessee was deeply divided on the suffrage issue, but eventually...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 24, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Stephen Wicks, curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art, will explore the legacy of painter Beauford Delaney, one of the country’s most significant African American modernists. Born in Knoxville in 1901, Delaney went from sketching on Sunday school cards to formal lessons with Knoxville’s Lloyd Branson to joining the artistic revolution in Harlem...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 10, 2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

    Following the Civil War, the rugged upcountry of Breathitt County, Kentucky, developed the reputation as “the darkest and bloodiest of all the dark and bloody feud counties.”  In a Brown Bag Lecture on February 10, Dr. T. R. C. Hutton will discuss his book Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South and argue that...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    January 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

    Do you own a work of art by Knoxville artist Lloyd Branson? If so, the East Tennessee Historical Society would like to know about it.

    In the decades after the Civil War, Lloyd Branson rose from a precocious sketcher on his family’s East Tennessee farm to become an accomplished artist and Knoxville’s most popular portraitist. He won...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    January 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In the decades after the Civil War, Lloyd Branson rose from a precocious sketcher on his family’s East Tennessee farm to become an accomplished artist and Knoxville’s most popular portraitist. He is now the subject of a major ETHS exhibition featuring an unprecedented gathering of more than 40 paintings highlighting the ambitions and...

  • Encampment from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lecture at noon
    January 8, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In cooperation with Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and the Tennessee Great War Commission, the East Tennessee Historical Society will be commemorating East Tennessee’s contributions to the First World War on Friday, January 8, with a lecture and living history encampment. At noon in the East Tennessee History Center auditorium, National Guard...

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