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
    June 14, 2017 - 7:00am to June 15, 2017 - 7:45am

    Knoxville’s civil rights movement is an important, yet often understudied, part of the city’s history. Michael, Blum, adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, seeks to remedy this. His talk will provide historical background, explain how the civil rights movement in Knoxville unfolded, and analyze its place in American...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 17, 2017 - 7:00am to May 18, 2017 - 7:45am

    A tavern in Rogersville, a courthouse in Jefferson County, a shop in Rogersville—these are among the sites that mark the presence of David Crockett in East Tennessee. Was Crockett really born on a mountain top in Tennessee? Who was Margaret Elder, and is it true that she jilted him before the wedding? Joe Swann, the pre-eminent historian of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 10:30am

    In a special lecture on Sunday, April 30, Julie Warren Conn will discuss her career as a sculptor working with Tennessee Marble and share her memories of an older generation of stone carvers in Knoxville, whom she describes as Italian, "true stone carvers, working as Michelangelo did centuries before...with simple hammers and chisel," and came...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 20, 2017 - 7:00am to April 21, 2017 - 7:45am

    Few industries have had as historic and enduring effect on architecture across our nation as the marble industry of East Tennessee. Tennessee Marble, though not as steeped in antiquity as many European stones, has been quarried continuously in East Tennessee for lime and dimension stone since colonial times. Because it has national and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 15, 2017 - 4:00am to April 16, 2017 - 6:45am

    Do you have an item made of marble quarried in East Tennessee that has been passed down in your family or purchased at a yard sale or auction or photographs or documents pertaining to the marble industry? If so, the East Tennessee Historical Society would like to know about it.

    The East Tennessee Historical Society has been documenting...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 12, 2017 - 7:00am to April 13, 2017 - 7:45am

    Dr. Andy Holt is remembered for his inspirational outlook and for the growth of the university under his tenure, a record that included a tripling of student enrollment, a doubling of faculty and staff, and the addition of eight new buildings. Dr. Joe Johnson, a close friend and colleague and president emeritus of the University of Tennessee,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

    Dr. Michelle Commander of the Africana Studies program, University of Tennessee, will lead a discussion of the Octavia Butler novel, Kindred, in which a young African American woman is wrenched through time from 1976 back to antebellum Maryland, where she meets her ancestors: a white slave owner and the proud black free woman he has...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 25, 2017 - 9:00am to March 26, 2017 - 11:45am

    Every cell in your body has a set of chemical strings called DNA. They contain DNA inherited from many of the ancestors in your family tree. Modern technology permits us to find the portions given to you by your forebears. By correlating this information with your genealogical research, you can trace back to most, if not all, of your ancestors...