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
    June 8, 2019 - 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
    June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Instructor: Doris Martinson, MLS, CA, Head, Knox County Archives. How to use county records (births, civil court, criminal court, deaths, deeds, divorces, probate, tax, wills) for investigating ancestors. Examples from the extensive resources of the Knox County Archives will be shown. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 20, 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 July 8....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 10, 2019 - 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 to pre-register beginning...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 24, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    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 to pre-register starting on...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 31, 2019 - 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 August 19 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. There are 3,007 counties, 64 parishes, 18 organized boroughs, 11 census areas, 41 independent cities, and the District of Columbia, for a total of 3,142 counties and county-equivalents in the United States. Students will explore online genealogical materials...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 21, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    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 September 9 to register.

Previous Events

  • @ Museum of East Tennessee History
    December 8, 2018 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include lectures, storytelling, craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Crafter Karen Micheletta will...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Tuesday, December 4, for a special Brown Bag lecture and book signing with Bill Landry as he discusses his newest book, When the West Was Tennessee. Landry takes readers on an adventure to discover the stories of the uncommon people who settled the Tennessee frontier, especially our own...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Finding your Revolutionary War ancestor, service records, pension records, bounty land records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries, descendants of the veterans, loyalist records. Participants should bring names of service men. Call 865...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans, active duty military, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Monday, November 12, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., prior to and following the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Knoxville. “Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 4, 2018 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    Join us as television and movie actor Buck Taylor leads a fun and insightful conversation spanning a six-decade career, from the Golden Age of Television to the joy of making movies with notables such as Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer, Daniel Craig, Charlton Heston, and James Arness, a career that continues today with his soon-to-be-...