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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. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • December 11, 1959

    A suit filed on this day in 1959 in federal court against the Knoxville Board of Education and others demanded the desegregation of city schools.

  • December 1, 1863

    On this day in 1863, secessionists ambushed the Union scouts in Sparta, Tennessee, who were there in an attempt to flush out the Confederate guerrillas out, 4 Union scouts were killed.