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

  • @ Knoxville Museum of Art
    October 20, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    Dr. Monique Y. Wells, founder and director of the organization dedicated to preserving Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney’s artistic legacy in Paris, will speak at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Thursday October 20 5:30-7:30pm followed by a reception with cash bar.  The program, jointly sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the East...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 19, 2016 - 7:00am to October 20, 2016 - 7:45am

    In the first of two October events in the Books Sandwiched In series, we are honored to welcome Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett on October 19 for a discussion of I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 12, 2016 - 7:00am to October 13, 2016 - 6:45am

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, October 12, Tennessee Technological University professors Calvin Dickinson and Michael Birdwell will discuss their new book People of the Upper Cumberland: Achievements and Contradictions. The anthology, recently named the “Tennessee History Book of the Year” by the Tennessee Library Association,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 14, 2016 - 7:00am to September 15, 2016 - 6:45am

    For decades, Julian Burke has collected unique pieces of broadcasting equipment, including original announcer microphones from WNOX, the legendary Knoxville radio station known as the “Cradle of Country Music.” Burke will share early history and artifacts from WNOX’s studio, which hosted the 1929-1930 Vocalion recording sessions and is featured...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 7, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am

    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 - 7:00am to August 4, 2016 - 7:45am

    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 - 7:00am to July 27, 2016 - 7:45am

    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 - 7:00am to July 14, 2016 - 7:45am

    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....