Love history and want to learn more?  Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects.  Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Previous Lectures

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 7, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In his engaging new book, Daniel J. Tortora explains how the series of clashes that erupted from 1758 to 1761 between Cherokees, settlers, and British troops reshaped the colonial South’s political and cultural landscape. Drawing on newspaper accounts, military and diplomatic correspondence, and the speeches of Cherokee people, Tortora’s...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 3, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Randi Nott of Greeneville will discuss her research into the lives and history of the slaves of President Johnson, whose emancipation in 1863 started a tradition of 8th of August celebrations across the region. Featured in the lecture will also be Sam Johnson, who, along with President Johnson appeared together at an August 8 event in 1871. The...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 26, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Genealogist Ron Jones will examine the Vikings’ legacy, including current portrayals of Vikings, common myths and misunderstandings, the nature of their society, the extent of their travels, and their ancestral heritage and DNA. Jones is the author of three historical novels and a frequent speaker on the Civil War, the American Revolution, and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 13, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The third oldest building in Knoxville, the Lamar House has stood for 199 years with a nearly unbroken record of providing the city with business, cultural, and entertainment services. Dean Novelli will discuss the storied building’s construction and its survival through war, bankruptcy, remodeling, urban renewal, and shifting ownership....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Gail Palmer’s latest novel, The Midwives’ Quilt, explores the experiences of four midwives in the Smokies. Palmer will give a short reading from the book and discuss a handmade quilt symbolizing plants and animals thought by midwives to have healing properties. She will also describe the history of women serving as healers and how the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Tennesseans played prominent roles in World War II, from diplomatic efforts on the eve of war to work on the Manhattan Project. Defense-related industries such as the Aluminum Company of America, Rohm & Hass Chemical Company, and the Fulton Sylphon Company were vital to the war effort and became targets of enemy espionage. Dewaine Speaks...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

    Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Appalachian “Ballad” series, masterfully combines historical research and captivating folklore in her new Depression-era novel, Prayers the Devil Answers.  Suddenly thrust into the role of primary caretaker for her family following the tragic death of her husband, Ellie...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 6, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    The Knoxville Stomp Festival of Lost Music, May 5-8, celebrates the old-time, jazz, blues, and gospel music of the 1929 and 1930 Knoxville session recordings. The festival opens at the History Center with a panel featuring old-time music scholar Ted Olson, historian Tony Russell, and Bear Family record label head Richard Weize. They will...