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
    September 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    East Tennesseans responded to the shock of 9/11 with an outpouring of love and support. In addition to volunteering in rescue and cleanup efforts, East Tennesseans launched a campaign to help the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish its fleet. The original goal was to raise some $400,000 for a new pumper truck.  In an overwhelming...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on August 20, Dr. Aaron Astor will discuss his new book, The Civil War Along Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.  The Cumberland Plateau played host to some of the most dramatic military maneuvering of the Civil War. Straddling the entire state of Tennessee, the formidable tableland proved to be a maze of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 12, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    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...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    July 22, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag lecture on July 22, Jack Neely will discuss the Knoxville History Project, a fledgling nonprofit focused on researching and promoting the history and culture of the city of Knoxville.  Jack Neely, its executive director, will talk about the need for the new organization, how it folds in with other local historical organizations,...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    July 15, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join Michelle Commander, University of Tennessee Assistant Professor of English and Africana, for a discussion of Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman at this month's KCPL Books Sandwiched In. "A slave is a stranger," Hartman says, "torn from kin and community, exiled from one's country,...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    June 10, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Dr. Theodore Brown, Jr., will discuss the life and public career of late Senator Estes Kefauver.  A native of Madisonville, Tennessee, Carey Estes Kefauver (1903-1963) rose to become one of the most influential senators of his time and was the 1956 Democratic candidate for vice president, along with Adlai Stephenson for president.  At the state...

  • June 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

    You’re invited to join the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knox County Public Library, and media sponsor WUOT for an evening with Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

    The event is FREE and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    May 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Blount County native Mark Davidson will give an insider’s look at the lore and history of three of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Smokies--Walker Valley, Little Greenbrier Cove, and Tuckaleechee. He will talk about the people, mountain life, and the changes wrought by logging and the coming of the Great Smoky Mountains...