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!


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.


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...

Some 80 items - from a woven coverlet to Little Debbie snack cakes to a fender section of a 3D-printed car - illustrate the march of Tennessee manufacturing in a new Museum of East Tennessee History exhibit.

History looks at 254 years of manufacturing across the state in the exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015.  The museum staff created "Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones."

Read Amy McRary's complete article!

At the recent convention, Medal of Honor recipients received hand-made quilts from local quilting guilds.  Kit Brown, treasurer of the Smoky Mountains Quilters Guild, came up with the idea when she first heard that the convention would be held in Knoxville.  For a year and a half, quilters have worked hard to create beautiful works of art for the Medal of Honor recipients.  The quilts were specifically designed for each recipient, reflecting the quilter’s personal connection to the soldier chosen to receive the quilt.

There was also a quilt designed for the Medal of Honor Convention itself.  It has intricate details such as the...