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

  • October 3, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

    The Historic House Museums of Knoxville (HHMK) and the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) invite you to Founder’s Day: A Celebration of 231 Years of Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center. During this celebration, HHMK reflects on the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville with a special...

  • An Evening Lecture with Scott Williams
    October 14, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    In Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) Register on Eventbrite.

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the...

  • Highlights from the Museum of East Tennessee History’s Quilt Collection with speaker Merikay Waldvogel
    October 18, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

    Come see spectacular quilts and coverlets from the East Tennessee Historical Society’s collection. Merikay Waldvogel will share why these particular quilts are so special. If you're new to collecting quilts and other textiles, you'll learn what to look for in regional quilts and how to care for them. Everyone is welcome. Knoxville's quilt...

  • Brown Bag 2022 Lecture Series with Andy Peck
    October 20, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) Register on Eventbrite.

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the...

  • October 24, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Historic newspapers are secondary sources that can provide both genealogical and biographical information. Participants in this session will discover techniques for searching digitized newspapers online, including repositories on Chronicling America and Newspapers.com. The session will focus on Tennessee newspapers.

    This workshop is free...

  • Lecture and Book Signing with Dr. Bob Hutton
    October 27, 2022 - 6:00pm

    Join us for a conversation with author Bob Hutton and writer/researcher Jack Neely as they discuss Hutton’s highly anticipated book Bearing the Torch: The University of Tennessee, 1794–2010.

    Bearing the Torch stands as a comprehensive history of the University of Tennessee—the first of its kind since 1984—replete with anecdotes and...

  • A Celebration of Spooky East Tennessee Folklore
    October 29, 2022 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Calling all monsters! The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you and your family to Monsters in the Museum, an event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that called East Tennessee home throughout the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of...

  • Brown Bag 2022 Lecture Series with Maury Nicely
    November 2, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) Register on Eventbrite.

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the...

Previous Events

  • September 26, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Searching Ancestry–the world’s largest genealogical website–can be daunting. Participants in this session will review strategies for searching Ancestry’s billions of resources, including census and voter lists; birth, marriage, and death records; military, immigration, and emigration records; newspapers and periodicals; and pictures, stories,...

  • Brown Bag 2022 Lecture Series with Tyler L. Boyd
    September 21, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) Register on Eventbrite.

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the...

  • H3
    History Happy Hour
    September 8, 2022 - 6:00pm
    An East Tennessee Historical Society membership created for fun people like you! Membership

    Individual: $35 ETHS membership plus $100/individual = $135

    Couple: $45 ETHS membership plus $100/individual = $235

    Non-members/guests: $25/per person/per event

    Programming

    Member events will include appetizers, beer, wine, and...

  • Brown Bag 2022 Lecture Series with Joe Emert, Marilyn Childress, and Sheila Evans
    September 7, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) Register on Eventbrite.

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of the...

  • A Celebration of the East Tennessee History Center
    August 20, 2022 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Visit the East Tennessee History Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2022, for the inaugural History Hootenanny! The event features the best of the East Tennessee History Center, including live music and fun activities in the Museum of East Tennessee History, genealogy workshops, a used local history book sale, book signings...