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The East Tennessee Historical Society received three Awards of Excellence in 2019 by the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) for exhibits, education programs, and digital media. The awards were presented at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference held March 20, in Clarksville, Tennessee. Two of the projects were also nominated for the President’s Award, the highest project-based recognition presented by the Tennessee Association of Museums.

An Award of Excellence was presented to In the Footsteps of Sergeant York for best temporary exhibit. The exhibit, previously on view at the Museum of East Tennessee History...

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2020 – As part of the ongoing battle to contain COVID-19, ETHS is doing its part to help keep our community as safe as possible. ETHS—its offices and the Museum—will remain closed until further noticeas part of the State of Tennessee’s and Knox County’s “Safer at Home” directive. The re-opening date for the East Tennessee History Center will be shared as soon as it is known.

To stay informed of further plans and to access information and resources about “all things history,” we urge ETHS members, patrons, and friends to regularly check our website ...

Not only does this great article boost The Museum of East Tennessee History, it points lots of exciting things to do in Knoxville in one day for only $50.00.  So glad we made the cut!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/travel/a-50-dollar-day-in-knoxville-tennessee.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-middle-span-region&region=c-column-middle-...

EAST TENNESSEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO PARTICIPATE IN BLUE STAR MUSEUMS!

The East Tennessee Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.  See the attached press release or our website for complete details.

Inside of Knoxville blog commemorates big event (by: KnoxvilleUrbanGuy): 

As I walked through Krutch Park last Saturday on my way to a delightful discussion of downtown with a small group of parishioners at the First Presbyterian Church, I passed a friend among the gathering groups of civil war reenactors and other interested parties. With a smile he asked, “Are we ever going to get over this war?”

It’s not a bad question. It ended a hundred-fifty years ago and yet, we continue to discuss it, debate it and commemorate it in various ways. We’ve had numerous wars since, but it does stand out in several regards. Roughly 750,000...

The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Awards of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the region’s history.  Eligible projects include exhibits, lectures, conferences, publications, print and broadcast media, teaching, and lifetime achievement.  Organizations and individuals across the region are invited to make nominations.

Established in 1982, ETHS Awards of Excellence nominations begin in January of each year.  The awards are presented at the ETHS Annual Meeting held in June (usually held in...

With the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War approaching, East Tennesseans are working together to ensure war records are preserved for years to come.  "You're stepping back into history," Phillip Graves said to WBIR's Emily Stroud.  That's what he feels when he steps into a cemetery.  He is a member of the Union County Cemeteries Association, an organization committed to preservation.  That involvement led him to the East Tennessee Historical Society's project: In Death Not Divided. It's an effort to locate and identify burial sites of Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

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A new Tennessee Civil War Trails marker was unveiled on December 5 which focuses on Knoxville as a bitterly divided city. Located at the Knox County Courthouse, the marker tells the story of the happenstance of simultaneous Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street. Knoxvillian Samuel Bell Palmer witnessed the rallies firsthand and, with amazing accuracy, sketched the scene from memory while a prisoner-of-war at Camp Douglas, Illinois. Those familiar with downtown will recognize several of the buildings, such as the Lamar House on the south end of Gay.

Remarks began at 12:15 p.m. with...

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