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

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2013 - 10:30am

    For Bill Robinson, what started out as a typical mission day in Vietnam, September 20, 1965, turned into a long nightmare when his helicopter was shot down and the entire crew captured.  The North Vietnamese took Bill to the infamous Hanoi Hilton Prison, where he endured unspeakable conditions and cruelty, surviving only through his strong will...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    October 22, 2013 - 2:00pm to October 23, 2013 - 1:45pm

    ETHS is excited to announce that award-winning author Sharyn McCrumb will be giving a free lecture and book singing at the East TN History Center.  Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Frankie Silver...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    September 22, 2013 - 9:00am to September 23, 2013 - 8:45am

    Modern medicine is only about 100 years old, and before that time, little was known about how to cure any disease or how to preserve good health.  What was it like to be sick in the days before antibiotics, anesthetics, clean drinking water, underground sewers, or vaccination against diseases?  Elaine G. Breslaw will provide a fascinating look...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    August 11, 2013 - 9:00am to August 12, 2013 - 8:45am

    Steven Spielberg, Historian?  Emancipating Lincoln, a screening of Lincoln (2012) with comments by William E. Hardy, Ph.D., adjunct professor, Lincoln Memorial University.

    The movie will begin at two o'clock at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville.  For more information on the lecture,...

  • @ The East Tennessee History Center
    August 7, 2013 - 7:00am to August 8, 2013 - 7:45am

    '"Old Tennessee Is as Good a Country as We Want": Black Southerners in the Union Army, 1863-1866, lecture by Paul Coker, Ph.D.

    Some 20,000 African Americans in Tennessee, equivalent to 40% of the states's eligible black population, served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  They fought with distinction, and their valor...

  • July 24, 2013 - 7:00am to July 25, 2013 - 7:45am

    That Vile Serpent, Brownlow!  That Vain Historian, Ramsey! a dramatic reading by David Madden, author of Civil War novel Sharpshooter.

    The program is sponsored by 21st Mortgage and is free and open to the public.  The reading will begin at noon at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville...

  • July 10, 2013 - 7:00am to July 11, 2013 - 7:45am

    As a part of our continuing series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the East Tennessee Historical Society on July 10 will host a brown bag lecture, “Unvexed to the Sea,” the story of the Siege and Battle of Vicksburg,  presented by Terrence J. Winschel, retired historian of Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi....