Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed Nov. 22
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 Nov. 12
  • Closed Nov. 22
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed Nov. 12
  • Closed Nov. 22
865-215-8800

Events & Programs


East Tennessee Historical Society Programs

As the public programming arm of the East Tennessee History Center, the East Tennessee Historical Society presents a variety of programs on historical topics featuring diverse subjects, speakers, and formats.  These include a Brown Bag and quarterly lecture series, conferences, tours, “A Tennessee Conversation” series with special speakers, a history fair, and teacher and student programs.

Upcoming Events

  • A Program of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound
    October 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

    The Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sounds invites the public to share and rediscover Knoxville’s moving image photo album at International Home Movie Day. On Saturday, October 20, TAMIS staff will be available at the East Tennessee History Center to evaluate home movies on outdated media such as film or 8mm...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 21, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In a special lecture on October 21, Tom Boyd will discuss his new book, A Father's Son: The Development of an Entrepreneur, where he traces the experiences and influences of three generations of a family, from the hardscrabble days of the Great Depression to the present in the shaping of lives today. He especially explores the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    On Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a spooky event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore! The event will...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Students will explore various maps in books, in print, and online; how to understand public-land deeds and metes-and-bounds deeds; where to find migration maps; and map collections in the McClung Collection. Participants should bring information on their families. Call 865-215-8809 starting August 13 to register...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Many will recall the Cold War incident when CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down in the midst of the Cold War on May 1, 1960, while flying in Soviet airspace. Following his capture he was tried for espionage and then served nearly two years in a Soviet prison, until eventually exchanged for a senior KGB spy. Powers' son, Francis Gary...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 29, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
    Many will recall the Cold War incident when CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was shot down in the midst of the Cold War on May 1, 1960, while flying in Soviet airspace. Following his capture he was tried for espionage and then served nearly two years in a Soviet prison, until eventually exchanged for a senior KGB spy. Powers' son, Francis Gary...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

    Join us on Saturday, November 3, for a special Veterans Day event featuring a partnership between ETHS, University of Tennessee History Department, the UT Center for the Study of War and Society, the Knoxville History Project, and Knox Count Schools. In advance of Veterans Day, four historians will discuss themes related to local history and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to access over 10 billion records including census and voter lists, birth, marriage & death, military, immigration & emigration, newspapers and periodicals, pictures, stories & histories, directories, court, land...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Well cared for and gleaming uniform white stones, Knoxville's National Cemetery still doesn't look ancient, but in fact it's one of the city's best-preserved relics of the Civil War. Its establishment was a priority of General Burnside when his army occupied Knoxville in 1863, and some graves are exactly where they were during the Confederate...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical internet site. Items to be explored include available records, family trees, catalog of library items, scanned genealogical books...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 11, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    In 1982 Knoxville hosted the People’s Republic of China for its inaugural World’s Fair participation. Join Bo Roberts, the president and CEO of the World’s Fair and former UT vice president, Jack Neely, executive director of the Knoxville History Project, and Shellen Wu, UT associate professor of modern Chinese history, to commemorate the event...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Join the Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society and hear a noon presentation by John Stewart, Legislative Director for Senator Hubert Humphrey, as he speaks on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Lunch will be available, but pre-orders will need to be made through the Library's webpage.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to 11:00pm

    One of the most extraordinary units in military history trained in Tennessee, then went to Europe in 1944 to put on a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Germany Army as their audience. Armed with inflatable tanks, sound effects, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, these men of the Twenty-Third...