Past Exhibits

  • Knoxville's Contributions to American Popular Music
    April 16, 2016 - 10:00am to October 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

    In 1929 and again in 1930, Brunswick Records' Vocalion label set up a temporary recording studio at the St. James Hotel in downtown Knoxville and invited locals to come make records. These old-time, jazz, blues, and gospel recordings added Knoxville's voice to American popular music and inspired the next generation of country music stars. In an...

  • August 1, 2016 - 9:00am to August 7, 2016 - 5:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society is pleased to partner with East Tennessee PBS and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center to commemorate the 8th of August as the date traditionally observed as the day on which Andrew Johnson freed his slaves. Although President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect January 1, 1863, it did not apply to...

  • Lloyd Branson, 1853-1925
    November 7, 2015 - 10:00am to March 20, 2016 - 5:00pm

    Native genius. Boy artist. These and other descriptors were often applied to Lloyd Branson, who grew from a precocious sketcher on his family’s East Tennessee farm to an accomplished artist best known for portraits of Southern politicians and depictions of early Tennessee history. For the first time, Branson is the subject...

  • Works from Life and Travels
    January 25, 2016 - 9:00am to March 2, 2016 - 4:00pm

    Edward S. Albers, Jr. was born August 2, 1925 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is widely known as “Bud.” Growing up, he enjoyed his father’s workshop tools and his drawing board, triangles, T-square, and pencils to freehand drawing trains and planes. Encouraged by an excellent grammar school teacher Mary Dowell, he studied the techniques of...

  • Manufacturing Milestones
    October 4, 2014 - 9:00am to April 4, 2015 - 5:00pm


    Today’s Tennesseans, while not totally abandoning their agricultural heritage, have moved into an age of advanced technology and global competition symbolized by electronics, chemical production, and automobile manufacturing. Tennesseans may wear cowboy hats and listen to the Grand Ole Opry, but at work they...

  • Voices from Children's Literature
    June 16, 2014 - 9:00am to September 14, 2014 - 5:00pm
    Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in this groundbreaking exhibit on Appalachian children's literature.

    Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children's books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia. You'll feel like you're walking through the pages...

  • East Tennessee Baskets, 1880-1940
    March 17, 2014 - 9:00am to June 1, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Imagine doing away with shopping bags, plastic buckets, and manufactured storage tubs of today and depending instead upon baskets. You would quickly recognize the essential role that these hand-woven containers of wood played in bygone days. Baskets were some of the most functional and creative possessions in everyday life.

    During the...

  • The First 20 Years of Television in East Tennessee
    November 2, 2013 - 10:00am to February 23, 2014 - 5:00pm

    In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of television going live across East Tennessee's air waves, visit the Museum of East Tennessee History for a chance to re-live the programs and personalities from the first 20 years of television.