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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state. The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • November 27, 1909

    On this day in 1909, author James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.  His novel "A Death in the Family" won the Pulitzer Prize in 1958.  A movie version titled “All the Way Home” was filmed in and around Knoxville.