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

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • August 19, 1942

    Fred Thompson, U.S. senator, Watergate committee counsel, and movie actor, was born August 19, 1942, in Sheffield, Alabama.  He grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, the son of a used car dealer, and attended Lawrence County High School.  He graduated from the University of Memphis in 1964 and took his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967.

  • August 19, 1969

    On this day in 1969 Kate Bradford, first woman to run for governor in Tennessee in 1937, passes away.