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

  • June 2, 2015 - 2:00pm to June 3, 2015 - 1:45pm

    You’re invited to join the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Knox County Public Library, and media sponsor WUOT for an evening with Steve Inskeep on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre.

    The event is FREE and open to the public, but advance registration is required.


  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    May 7, 2015 - 7:00am to May 8, 2015 - 7:45am

    Blount County native Mark Davidson will give an insider’s look at the lore and history of three of the most beautiful and interesting places in the Smokies--Walker Valley, Little Greenbrier Cove, and Tuckaleechee. He will talk about the people, mountain life, and the changes wrought by logging and the coming of the Great Smoky Mountains...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    April 16, 2015 - 7:00am to April 17, 2015 - 7:45am

    You will alternate between smiles and tears as Charlie Brakebill tells us his World War II story of a chance encounter and blossoming relationship with a lovely French girl, an innocent love affair that ended with the war’s end.  He married happily, raised a family, and had a successful career, yet the memory of Alhemette Guillard stayed with...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    April 8, 2015 - 7:00am to April 9, 2015 - 7:45am

    Glimpse at life in the Gilded Age as Laura Overbey leads us through the exhibition currently at Biltmore Dressing Downton, featuring clothing from the popular PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abby.  Costumes range from the decorative lace, beading, and fine tailored fabrics of the upper class to the more durable cotton and wool...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    March 26, 2015 - 3:00pm to March 27, 2015 - 2:45pm

    ETHS is pleased to host the debut showing of the film, Conspicuous Gallantry: The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, a 46-minute documentary chronicling the convention held in Knoxville, September 2014, and including interviews with ten Medal of Honor recipients and numerous others involved with or attending the convention.  The award-...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    March 25, 2015 - 8:00am to March 26, 2015 - 8:45am

    When local quilters learned that the 2014 Medal of Honor Convention would meet in Knoxville, their first thought was, “wouldn’t it be great to meet these guys---and give them a quilt!”  Over the 20 months leading up to the convention, quilters across East Tennessee created individual quilts for each living recipient and several Gold Star...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    March 19, 2015 - 2:30pm

    There is a reason that Veterans Day Parades halt for a moment of silence at precisely 11 a.m.  It was at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November 1918, that the deadliest and most destructive war in history, to that point, ended.  More than 130,000 Tennesseans served in the Great War, some 40,000 of them from East Tennessee.  Knoxville and Knox County...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    February 4, 2015 - 7:00am to February 5, 2015 - 7:45am

    Scottish Highland historian and genealogist Graeme Mackenzie will share from his particular insight into the Highland Clans, past and present.  Mackenzie is the author of Genealogy in the Gaidhealtachd: Clan and Family History in the Highlands of Scotland and chair of the Association of Highland Clans and Societies. He has lectured...