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.

Previous Events

  • April 26, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Following years of work as a news stringer and cameraman for hire, Sam Orleans opened Knoxville’s first motion picture production studio in 1946. Throughout the next two decades, his company produced over 100 educational and industrial films, focusing on such subjects as driver's education, agriculture, health and nuclear power. Calvin M....

  • A history program for preschoolers
    Repeats every 2 weeks until Mon Aug 21 2023 except Mon May 29 2023, Mon Jun 12 2023, Mon Jun 26 2023, Mon Jul 10 2023, Mon Jul 24 2023. Also includes Mon Jun 05 2023, Mon Jul 17 2023.
    April 17, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.


    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

  • April 12, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In her book East Tennessee Newsmakers, columnist Georgiana Vines pays tribute to 47 remarkable individuals and their contributions to Knoxville and the history, civic and cultural life, and politics of East Tennessee. Anyone who has resided in the region knows that it derives its glow from its people— the ones who built it and...

  • Genealogy Workshop
    April 11, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    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 The session will focus on Tennessee newspapers.

    This workshop is free...

  • hosted by Chris Blue & Crockett
    April 10, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Join us at the next live taping of the Appalachia Sessions! Experience all the show-stopping performances, bloopers, and interviews. The live taping takes about two hours and will be cut down to a one-hour TV show broadcast across the Appalachian region. Come cheer, clap, stomp your feet, and be a part of the show! 

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