Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8800

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

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Vicky Bills, MSIS, McClung Historical Collection. A house’s history involves much more than just its structure. The history of the people who have lived there can be obtained through city directory search, obituary records, newspaper articles, deeds and tax lists, insurance maps, photographs, and census records, and can often lead...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to locate graves (well over 300 million entries now available) through FindaGrave, Interment, and BillionGraves, as well as special state, local, and military sites.  Call 865-215-8809 starting April 13 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources.  Call 865-215-8809 starting April 27 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to explore the seven major genealogical sites: Ancestry, Family Search, FindmyPast, MyHeritage, Fold3, Google, Cyndis List.  Call 865-215-8809 starting May 4 to register.

  • @ 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.

  • @ 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.

  • @ 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
    August 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Finding your Civil War ancestor, service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries. Participants should bring names and states of known or suspected Civil War ancestors.  Call 865-215-8809 starting July 27 to...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 2, 2019 - 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 to pre-register beginning on October...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2019 - 2:00pm

    One of the most-talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union, May 1, 1960. Tried for espionage and held for nearly two years in a Soviet prison, Powers was eventually exchanged by a senior KGB spy. Though cleared by the U.S. government of any wrongdoing...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

    On the evening of Thursday, October 24th, we celebrate the publication of a new book that gathers the tales and legends of Cas Walker, one of 20th century Knoxville’s most famous citizens. Cas Walker was a grocer, politician, media celebrity, music promoter and coon hunter whose colorful life has become the stuff of the city’s favorite urban...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

    “I never felt connected with my foster parents. I don’t remember feeling a part of their family. I’m not sure why; I guess I just suspected something wasn’t right.”

    Born 1940 in Rotterdam, Clara van Thijn was separated from her parents on July 29, 1942, when they reported for the first Jewish transport headed for Auschwitz and...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    On Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a spooky event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore! The event will...