Events & Programs


East Tennessee Historical Society Programs

As the public programming arm of the East Tennessee History Center, the East Tennessee Historical Society presents a variety of programs on historical topics featuring diverse subjects, speakers, and formats.  These include a Brown Bag and quarterly lecture series, conferences, tours, “A Tennessee Conversation” series with special speakers, a history fair, and teacher and student programs.

Upcoming Events

  • November 10, 2020 - 6:30pm

    The 2020 East Tennessean of the Year  - Honoree to be Announced Soon

                   November 10, 2020

                Half Past Six in the Event

               Cherokee Country Club

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  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans, active duty military, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Wednesday, November 11, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., prior to and following the downtown Knoxville Veterans Day Parade. “Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 12, 2020 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include local authors, storytelling, shop discounts, sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Holiday and traditional musical...

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    April 22, 2021 - 8:00pm

    Given the circumstances surrounding the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and for the safety of our members, patrons and community, An Evening with Jon Meacham at the Bijou Theatre has been rescheduled to April 22, 2021. The Bijou Theatre advises they will hold tickets already purchased for this new date, but if the date does not work...

  • Have a Blast with the Past! Rescheduled for Saturday, August 21, 2021 Due to the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    August 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society annually presents a one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive!

    Walk...

Previous Events

  • Presented by the Knox County Public Library
    August 18, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    August 18 marks the 100th anniversary of Tennessee's ratification of the 19th amendment. Test your knowledge on this landmark occasion with our online trivia challenge: Know It Knox, co-hosted by East Tennessee Historical Society.

    The inaugural live, interactive event is free and will take place on Tuesday,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Students will explore various maps in books, in print, and online; how to understand public-land deeds and metes-and-bounds deeds; where to find migration maps; and map collections in the McClung Collection. Participants should bring information on their families. Call 865-215-8809 starting July 20 to register....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Advanced techniques in genealogical research beyond online sources with special attention to primary sources. Participants should have completed some family research including census and internet work, and should bring the research they have already done.  Call 865-215-8809 starting July 6 to register.

  • Zoom Through History with ETHS
    June 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Our next “virtual visit” takes us to Historic Rugby, an 1880s Victorian village located on the Cumberland Plateau, where we’ll tour the 1882 Hughes Public Library. Join Jordan Hughett, development associate at Historic Rugby as we tour the most complete Victorian library in the United States!

    Rugby was founded in 1880 by best-selling...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Instructor: Steve Cotham, MA, MLS, Manager, McClung Historical Collection. The book, microfilm, manuscript, and internet facilities of the McClung Historical Collection, and how to use them to advance your genealogical research. Tour of the Collection included. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.