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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state.  The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important.

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • February 17, 1943

    On this day in 1943, celebrated pianist, composer, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff gave his last performance at Alumni Gymnasium in Knoxville. A statue in his honor stands in the World's Fair Park.

  • February 17, 1892

    On this day in 1892, popular football coach Robert Neyland was born. He served as University of Tennessee football coach from 1926 through 1954 except for periods when he was in the military. The stadium was named in his honor.