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
    August 11, 2018 - 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 30 to register...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 25, 2018 - 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 starting August 13 to register...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 1, 2018 - 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 20 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 22, 2018 - 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 10 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Cells/chromosomes/DNA, types of DNA studies (Y, mito, auto), DNA strings, string inheritance, 5-generation possibility, autosomal descent, matching probabilities, time arenas, ethnic origins, limitations. Lecture will be in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 13, 2018 - 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 access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical internet site. Items to be explored include available records, family trees, catalog of library items, scanned genealogical books...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 27, 2018 - 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 starting August 13 to register...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 3, 2018 - 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 access over 10 billion records including census and voter lists, birth, marriage & death, military, immigration & emigration, newspapers and periodicals, pictures, stories & histories, directories, court, land...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 12, 2018 - 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 April 30 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 28, 2018 - 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 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 16 to register.

  • The Keynote Address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History
    April 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

    The public is invited to attend the keynote address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History on Friday April 27, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. This special lecture portion of the conference will be open to the general public.

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  • A Three-Week Pilot Program That Provides the Tools to Pursue a Personally Meaningful History Project
    Repeats every week every Monday 3 times .
    April 23, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Calling all history lovers! The East Tennessee Historical Society, in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History and Humanities Tennessee, invites you to participate in a new pilot program called Master Local Historians. If you enjoy learning, thinking, discussing, reading, and writing about...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    The American Revolution created the United States of America.  Tennessee’s rich history is linked to the very founding of our nation.  Access to frontier lands and control over Appalachian territories were key factors that caused the Revolution.  The Battle of Kings Mountain involved prominent frontier settlers such as John Sevier.  The peace...