Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Saturday, August 20, for an one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive!
Walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War. Participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive. Board a bus and tour Knoxville's historic homes. Sit a spell in front of the Main Stage, listening to traditional music that has long been the soundtrack to our lives. All for FREE!
2016 HISTORY FAIR SCHEDULE
In the East Tennessee History Center | In Krutch Park | At the Tennessee Theater | Special Tours | Market Street | Art Market, Farmers Market, Food & Parking | Vintage Base Ball
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History
Historic Gaming Club of Knoxville presents a French & Indian War 1761 skirmish at Fort Loudoun - miniature soldiers and weapons interactive display
From Papers to Pixels - Learn about how the Knox County Public Library Foundation is working to create a digital archive of The Knoxville News Sentinel from 1922-1990
"Kidstuff" Music Show with Sean McCullough
1:00 p.m. Join musician Sean McCullough, host of WDVX's monthly children's radio show, "Kidstuff," as he plays the guitar, banjo, and mandolin, drawing heavily on the music of Appalachia for a fun and interactive show. (Bilo Nelson Auditorium)
Davy Crockett's Birthday - Storytelling & Cake
2:15 p.m. Davy Crockett Party & Storytelling (Bilo Nelson Auditorium)
3:00 p.m. Davy's birthday cake from Food City (Clinch Ave, beside East TN History
9:30 a.m. - Free registration
10:15 a.m. - Contest on the WDVX Radio and Clayton Country Music Stage
Emcee: Marshall Stair, Knoxville City Councilman
Judges: John Becker, News Anchor, WBIR Channel 10
Dr. Robert C. DeNovo, Jr., Professor & Associate Dean UT College of
Dr. Ernie Freeberg, UT History Professor and Department Head
Grand prizes awarded for the BEST HISTORIC COSTUME and for the MOST EAST TENNESSEE SPIRIT!
♦Sponsored by: PetSafe
Emcees: Russ Jeffers and Freddy Smith
11:00 a.m. Sarah Morgan
12:00 p.m. David West & the Cider Mountain Boys
1:00 p.m. Grassroots Gringos
2:00 p.m. Russ & Becky Jeffers
3:00 p.m. Old City Buskers
4:20 p.m. Carolina Express
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit the Friends of the Knox County Public Library's book sale for various history-themed publications. Books for children and adults will be available for purchase.
Show off your checkers skills by competing in a tournament of one of the world's oldest games. Prizes provided by Mast General Store!
Children are invited to experience the past through game and crafts. Among the crafts to enjoy are rag and yarn dolls, old-fashioned cup and ball toys, paper items and more!
|Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum||Manhattan Project National Historical Park|
|American Museum of Science & Energy||Major William A. McTeer Camp 39, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War|
|Andrew Bogle Chapter NSDAR||Mayme Carmichael School Organization, Inc.|
|Andrew Johnson National Historic Site||McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture|
|Birthplace of Country Music||Museum of Appalachia|
|Center for Oak Ridge Oral History||Museums of Tusculum|
|Cherokee Removal Park- Blythe Ferry||Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Assoc.|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Cumberland Stake||Old Smoky Railway Museum, Inc.|
|Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Knoxville Stake||Our Appalachia w/ Mark Davidson|
|Clothes of the Time||Scottish Society of Knoxville|
|Daughters of the American Revolution -Emory Rd. Chapter||Sequoyah Birthplace Museum|
|Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865||Smoky Mountain Historical Society|
|Ellen Renshaw House, UDC Chapter 2624||Sons of Confederate Veterans- Longstreet-Zollicoffer Camp #87|
|Girl Scout Museum||Stephen Holston Chapter TN Society of the Sons of the American Revolution|
|Glenmore Mansion||Suffrage Coalition|
|Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center||Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball|
|Green McAdoo Cultural Center||Tennesseans for Living History|
|Historic Homes of Knoxville||Tennessee Great Wars Commission & Sergeant York Patriotic Foundation|
|Hola Hora Latina Festival||Tennessee Preservation Trust|
|Jefferson County Historical Society||Tennessee State Parks- East TN Region|
|Jonesborough Genealogical Society||University of Tennessee Press|
|Knox County Museum of Education||Upper Tennessee Riverboat Museum|
|Knoxville Civil War Rountable||UT History Department|
|Knoxville History Project||Vardy Community Historical Society|
|Knoxville 89, UDC|
|♦Jacki & Janis Proffitt - Woodworking||♦Gerry Valosik - Dry Needle Felting|
♦Dale Liles & Jenny Bennett - Spinning
♦Fox Hollow Creations - Chair Caning & Basket
♦Karen's Country Critters - Primitive
Items Made from Quilts
♦Serendipity Artist Gallery - Painting, Beaded
|♦Peter Rose - Raku Pottery||♦Emma Martin - Leather Bound Journals|
♦Wild Child Clay Works - Clay & Fiber /
|♦Lillian Pearl Designs - Handmade Items & Jewelry|
♦Mark & Nancy Shedden - Spinning &
|♦Pop Adams Trade Company - Black Powder Accouterments|
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Clinch Avenue / Activity Fee: $10 per raku pot)
Young and old alike are invited to decorate a piece of take-away raku pottery with local wood-fired potter Peter Rose
New this year will be downtown Knoxville's only antiques fair! Twenty of East Tennessee's best antiques dealers will be set up on Market Street behind the History Center with a sampling of quality items! Sponsored by Case Antiques
|Malcolm Rogers||Barbara Elder McDonald|
|Natural Connections Antiques||Clay Good|
|Tony Lewis||J. R. Cartwright Antiques|
|The Lion & The Lamb||Russell Kear|
|Pat Cardwell||Monty Young|
|Debra Rush||Joshua N. Anderson|
|Kim Waggoner||Case Antiques|
Join us for a cinematic celebration of the region's history! Presented by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and the Tennessee Theatre.
10:00 a.m. - Open house and backstage tours of the Tennessee Theatre
11:30 a.m. - Smouldering Fires (Universal, 1925)
1:00 p.m. - Open house and backstage tours of the Tennessee Theatre
2:30 p.m. - Todd Steed & the Silent Stomp
Historic Homes Bus Tours
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(Departs Gay Street at Krutch Park - Last tour departs ~2:15 p.m.)
Board the bunted trolley at Krutch Park in front of the Holston Building. Destinations include free open houses at the following:
Blount Mansion: 1792 home of territorial governor William Blount
James White's Fort: 1786 home and fort established by Knoxville's founder
Mabry-Hazen House: Antebellum home with all original contents and Civil War past
Bethel Cemetery & Museum: Resting place of more than 1,600 Confederate dead, complete with corresponding museum
Knoxville Walking Tours - African American & Civil Rights History in Knoxville
11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
(Departs from the History Center Entrance)
Walking Tour with Jack Neely - "Old City, Irish Town, & Cripple Creek"
(Departs from the History Center Entrance)
Reservations Suggested- call 865-215-8824
The Art Market Gallery will have a special showing of works by gallery members entitled Knoxville: Who, What, & Where exhibit and contest. There will also be a special showing by local artist, Kay McCullough.
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Visit the Market Square Farmers' Market for a smorgasbord of local produce, free-range meat, herbs, baked good, artisan crafts, flowers, and more!
Forks on the Road is one of Knoxville's favorite food tucks serving up East Tennessee's best sliders and fries! The Museum of Appalachia will be set up selling southern sweet favorites!
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There are many parking garages to choose from in Downtown and many offer FREE parking on the weekends. Check out the Downtown Parking guide to find your spot.
Another great alternative is to use KAT, a worry-free way to get straight to the History Fair. Check out the KAT website or call 865-637-3000 to plan your trip. The last bus leaves Downtown at 11:15 p.m. so you can stay all day!