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.  The ETHS educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • May 7, 1851

    Lizzie Crozier French was born on this day in 1851 in Knoxville.  She was the founder of many women’s clubs and societies, an educator and principal of a girls’ school, candidate for public offices, skilled elocutionist, author, and early feminist.