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

East Tennessee History Fair

Have a Blast with the Past! Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
August 19, 2017
Downtown Knoxville

Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Saturday, August 19, 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!
 

Here's a glimpse of what happened in 2016 to give you an idea of what to look forward to this year!

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

In the East Tennessee History Center

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History

  • Signature Exhibit - Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee
  • Feature Exhibit - Come to Make Records: Knoxville's Contributions to American Popular Music

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
                   Center
)
 

In Krutch Park

History Hound Dog Costume Contest

  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
                      Veterinary Medicine
            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
 

WDVX Radio and Clayton Country Music Stage

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

Friends of the Knox County Public Library Book Sale

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.

Mast General Store Old Fashioned Tennessee Checkers Skirmish

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's Activities

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!


Meet the Authors & Book Signing

  • Dewaine Speaks & Ray Clift - East Tennessee in World War II
  • Allen Coggins - Escape from Bone Cave: A Civil War Saga
  • Richard Cook - Ignored Heroes of World War II: The Manhattan Project Workers of Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Dr. Bob Hutton - Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South
  • Dr. Gail Palmer - The Midwives Quilt: A Tale of Conflict and Intrigue in the Smoky Mountains
  • Nancy McEntee - Molsey Blount: The Colonial First Lady of Tennessee
  • Bill Pryor - A Good Life
  • Julie Reed - Serving the Nation: Cherokee Sovereignty
  • Shane Simmons -  Legends and Lore of East Tennessee
  • Dr. Jim Tumblin - Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference
  • Robert Wilson - The Eyes of Midnight: A Time of Terror in East Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee History Department Faculty- assorted topics & titles
     

Participating History Exhibitors



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  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living History Timeline

  • French and Indian War & Cherokee - Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
  • 1790s - Regiment of Knox County Militia
  • Pioneer - The Daily Reenactors
  • William Thomas - Gary Holt
  • Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln - Tom & Sue Wright
  • Civil War - 79th NY Infantry, 8th TN Volunteer Infantry, and Gerald & Sandra Augustus
  • Civil War Era Baseball - Members of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Team
  • Suffragists - Woman Suffrage Coalition
  • World War II - Citizens Soldiers
  • Korean and Vietnam Wars - 35th Infantry Division Living History Group
  • Various - Tennesseans for Living History
  • Civil War uniform display

 

Demonstrating Artists
 

♦Jacki & Janis Proffitt - Woodworking ♦Gerry Valosik - Dry Needle Felting
♦Dale Liles & Jenny Bennett - Spinning
   & Fiber
♦Fox Hollow Creations - Chair Caning & Basket
   Weaving
♦Karen's Country Critters - Primitive  
   Items Made from Quilts
♦Serendipity Artist Gallery - Painting, Beaded
   Jewelry, Scarves
♦Peter Rose - Raku Pottery ♦Emma Martin - Leather Bound Journals
♦Wild Child Clay Works - Clay & Fiber /
   Natural Dying
♦Lillian Pearl Designs - Handmade Items & Jewelry
♦Mark & Nancy Shedden - Spinning & 
   Powder Horns
♦Pop Adams Trade Company - Black Powder Accouterments


Raku Pottery

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

On Market Street

Antiques Fair

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

Participating Dealers:  
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

 

At the Tennessee Theater

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
 

Special Tours

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 & MuseumResting 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"
 4:00 p.m.
     (Departs from the History Center Entrance)
     Reservations Suggested- call 865-215-8824
 

Art Market Gallery

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.

Market Square Farmers' Market

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!

Food Vendors

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!

Vintage Base Ball Game at Ramsey House (Sunday Only)

Climb aboard the Three Rivers Rambler (ticket required) or drove yourself to Ramsey House and enjoy an afternoon of base ball as it was played in 1864! Ballists play by the vintage rules and customs while wearing period uniforms—no spittin’, no swearin’, and no gloves!
 
Bring a blanket or chair. Concessions will be available. All games are FREE!
 
Match 1:     Match 2:    
Noon     2:30 p.m.    
VS. VS.

 

Park or Ride

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!

Video: 
East Tennessee HIstory Fair 2013
Sponsors: 
Downtown Knoxville CBID
Seven Islands Foundation
Clayton Bank
City of Knoxville
PetSafe
WDVX
COMCAST
Food City
Partnerships: 
Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball
Tennessee Theatre