Cherel B. Henderson

Executive Director

Cherel Bolin Henderson joined the ETHS staff in 1987 and was promoted to associate director in 1995 and to executive director in 2003.  She is the founding director of the ETHS Tennessee Bicentennial family heritage program, First Families of Tennessee, and was editor of the book First Families of Tennessee:  A Register of Early Families and Their Descendants.  From 2001-2009, she was editor of the ETHS genealogy magazine, Tennessee Ancestors.  Cherel has published numerous records transcriptions for several East Tennessee counties and with a co-author transcribed and published a three-volume set of cemetery records for Jefferson County.  Cherel serves on the boards of the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance, Tennessee State Library and Archives Friends, Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, and the Knox County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. She is deeply rooted in several East Tennessee counties, and her greatest pleasures are spending time with her children and grandchildren, research, and traveling to far corners to “go to the place; stand on the spot” where historical events took place.