Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Jan. 2, 2017
  • Closed Jan. 1, 2017
865-215-8800

First Families of Tennessee Reunion & Jubilee

Tennessee Family History Weekend
August 19, 2016 to August 21, 2016
East Tennessee History Center

Tennessee Family History Weekend is an opportunity for the whole family to discover the fun side of Tennessee's history! Through the First Families of Tennessee (FFT) Reunion, which includes a genealogy conference, a Jubilee supper at the home of Governor John Sevier, and a day-long bus tour to historic sites in Upper East Tennessee, and the ninth annual East Tennessee History Fair, families will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Tennessee’s past and the role of the state's first settlers played in shaping our present. 

Throughout the weekend, special events will recognize FFT descendants.  All events are also open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.

Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION or click here to download a MAILABLE APPLICATION. You may also call  (865) 215-8824 to order over the phone or mail a check to P.O. Box 1629, Knoxville, TN 37901, with a list of the activities you wish to participate in.

Thursday, August 18

Registration, Research

SCHEDULE EVENT LOCATION
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. McClung Historical Collection: 
Open for research
 
East Tennessee History Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of East Tennessee History: 
Open
 
East Tennessee History Center
Noon-5 p.m. FFT Reunion Registration East Tennessee History Center

 

Friday, August 19

Genealogy Conference, FFT Reception, Keynote Address

SCHEDULE EVENT LOCATION
8 a.m.-5 p.m. FFT Reunion Registration
 
East Tennessee History Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m. McClung Historical Collection:
Open for research
 
East Tennessee History Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of East Tennessee History:
Open
 
East Tennessee History Center
Noon-4 p.m. Genealogy Conference:
Click for schedule
 
UT Conference Center
5:30 p.m. FFT Reception & Keynote Address: 
The End of the Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Reach Oklahoma by Troy Wayne Poteete, Chief Justice, Cherokee
UT Conference Center
 
Friday Highlights
  • Special Conference Keynote Reception
    The End of the Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Reach Oklahoma, lecture by Troy Wayne Poteete, Chief Justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court and executive director of the Trail of Tears Association.

     

Saturday, August 20

Genealogy Conference (continues), History Fair, Jubilee

SCHEDULE EVENT LOCATION
8:30 a.m.-Noon Genealogy Conference:
Click for schedule
 
UT Conference Center
9 a.m.-5 p.m. McClung Historical Collection:
Open for research
 
East Tennessee History Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m. East Tennessee History Fair:
Click for schedule
 
East Tennessee History Center & Krutch Park
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. FFT Jubliee Marble Springs State Historic Site

 

Saturday Highlights
  • East Tennessee History Fair
    Have a Blast with the Past as history comes alive in donwntown Knoxville. A living history timeline will feature reenactors from the Cherokee to the Vietnam War. Historic home tours, crafts, traditional music, a chance to visit with historical organizations from across the region, a History Hound contest, and antique fair, food, and more!

  • Enjoy supper, period music, dancing, and living history at Marble Springs, home of John Sevier, Tennessee's first governor, while searching out long-lost cousins.

 

Sunday, August 21

Tour Bus to Upper East Tennessee, Vintage Base Ball

SCHEDULE EVENT LOCATION
7:30 a.m. Tour bus departs for historic sites in Upper East Tennessee East Tennessee History Center
1 p.m.-5 p.m. McClung Historical Collection:
Open for research
East Tennessee History Center
Noon & 2:30 p.m. Vintage Base Ball Matches Historic Ramsey House
7:30 p.m. Tour bus returns to Knoxville East Tennessee History Center
 
Sunday Highlights

Friday Genealogy Conference Schedule

Time

Track #1

Track #2

1 p.m.

They Went Thataway: Migration Paths
Speaker: Ann K. Blomquist

German Research
Speaker: Dr. George K. Schweitzer

 2 p.m.

Tennessee Research
Speaker: Trent Hanner

Ancestors in Cyberspace: Best Online
Research Sources

Speaker: Eric Head

3 p.m.

Watauga to Statehood: Changing Governments
Speaker: Cherel Henderson

Making the Most of County Records
Speaker: Doris Martinson

4 p.m.

In the Beginning all America Was Virginia
Speaker: Ann Blomquist

TBD

5:30 p.m.

FFT Registration & Keynote Address      with Troy Wayne Poteete

 

Saturday Genealogy Conference Schedule

Time

Track #1

Track #2

8:30 a.m.

Watauga Land Grants 
Speaker: Troy Keesee

The Gene Scene: Using DNA to Prove Ancestry
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Long
9:30 a.m.

First Families of Tennessee:
Surprising Finds and Sources

Speaker: Cherel Henderson

JOINT SESSION
10:30 a.m.

Cherokees & East Tennessee: Recollections & Connections
Speaker: Troy Wayne Poteete

JOINT SESSION
11:30 a.m.

From Ulster to America: On the
Trail of Your Scots-Irish Ancestor

Speaker: Dr. George K. Schweitzer

Sharing the Family Tree with Children Speaker: Lisa N. Oakley

 

About the Speakers:

Ann Blomquist, MEd, is a frequent lecturer on genealogy topics and is an instructor in the ETHS Genealogy Workshop series.  She is editor of the Journal of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society.

Steve Cotham, MA, MLS, is the head of the McClung Historical Collection at the East Tennessee History Center and serves as the official Knox County Historian.  He is the founding editor of the ETHS genealogy magazine, Tennessee Ancestors.

Trent Hanner is a reference librarian for the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Eric Head, BA, is an archives assistant at the Knox County Archives, an instructor in the genealogy class series of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and a frequent contributor to the ETHS magazine, Tennessee Ancestors

Cherel B. Henderson is the executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society, the founding director of the First Families of Tennessee, and a past editor of Tennessee Ancestors and the Smoky Mountain Historical Society Journal.

Troy Keesee is the author and compiler of the book, The Watauga Land Purchases.

Barbara Long, M.D., Ph.D., has deep roots in Tennessee and holds FFT membership through 12 ancestors.  Her successful submission of DNA evidence represented the first time that the UDC accepted DNA as proof of ancestry, and DAR later followed suit on its willingness to accept DNA.  Dr. Long is a physician residing in Atlanta.

Doris Martinson, MLS, CA, is a certified archivist with 30 years of experience as head of the Knox County Archives, located in the East Tennessee History Center and an instructor in the ETHS genealogy workshop series.

Lisa N. Oakley, MA, is the curator of education for the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum, where she directs student programs and tours and teacher workshops.

Troy Wayne Poteete is the chief justice of the Cherokee Supreme Court, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and the executive director of the Trail of Tears Association.  He lives in Webber Falls, Oklahoma.

Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD, is a nationally known lecturer on many genealogy topics and has written 22 books dealing with various genealogy topics.  He is an instructor with the ETHS genealogy workshop series.

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