Past Exhibits

  • A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew
    June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to January 27, 2020 - 4:00pm
    “[Mountain Dew]’s pretty much a religious obsession for me.”
    —Chris Whitley, 27-year-old superfan of Mountain Dew, Jackson, Mississippi

    Mountain Dew. Your parents likely warned you about the neon-green soda. Doctors and dentists despise it. Yet, across the United States—especially in the South and Midwest—there are “superfans” of the...

  • East Tennessee Remembers 9/11
    September 4, 2019 - 9:00am to October 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Following the events of September 11, 2001, East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city's firefighting fleet. The so-called “Freedom Engine,” built by Seagrave...

  • The Museum of East Tennessee History at 25
    September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to June 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
    “Let us hasten to redeem time that is lost.”—Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey to those in attendance at the East Tennessee Historical Society's first annual meeting, May 5, 1834   Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s plea to save Tennessee’s past continues to reverberate in the galleries of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s museum, a permanent home for our region’s...
  • A Travelling Exhibition from the Museum of the American Military Experience--Now Extended Through August 26!
    January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Between 2006 and 2009, an international team of historians, archaeologists, and geographers traveled to France to rediscover and document where Fentress County-native Sergeant Alvin C. York made his heroic stand. In the Footsteps of Sergeant York, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of the American Military Experience, showcases...

  • From Erzgebirge, Germany, to Wartburg, Tennessee
    November 20, 2017 - 9:00am to January 7, 2018 - 4:00pm
    A Family's Christmas Tradition

    Charles Gottlieb Ficke/Fickey and wife Ernestine Augusta Auerswald, through whom the crèche (above) and Christmas carousel (right) descended, immigrated to the United States from the Saxony region of Germany in 1883. Accompanying them were their sons Ernest, 15, and Theodore, 10.


  • Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection
    August 7, 2017 - 9:00am to January 2, 2018 - 4:00pm


    East Tennessee families treasure quilts made by their ancestors. Besides warming and decorating the bed, quilts also serve as reminders of important events—births, weddings, service to our country, the death of loved ones. Often, these memories are preserved in notes attached to the quilts or through stories handed down to younger...

  • East Tennessee's Marble Industry
    November 19, 2016 - 10:00am to May 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

    East Tennessee marble is prized the world over. Come explore the industry that launched the rock's fame and crowned Knoxville as the Marble City!

    The marble industry was once an important sector of East Tennessee’s economy. By the mid-1850s, East Tennessee marble from Knox County had been chosen for the interiors of the Tennessee...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 19, 2016 - 10:00am to January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

    A special exhibit at the Museum of East Tennessee History through January 16 will remember the legendary life and legacy of Waymon Earl Terrell (1950-2015). Earl was well known to the Powell community, where he was regularly seen riding his bicycle and pulling a cart along the busy thoroughfares of Clinton Highway and Emory Road, his dogs often...