Second Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 10
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • TEMPORARILY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed April 10
865-215-8800

Lectures

Love history and want to learn more?  Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects.  Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Lectures

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    August 13, 2020 - 8:00pm

    Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our members, patrons and the community,  ETHS and LMU Duncan School of Law have rescheduled An Evening with Jon Meacham at the Bijou Theatre to August 13, 2020. The Bijou advises they will honor tickets already purchased for the new date, but if the date doesn’t...

Previous Lectures

  • "Zoom" Through History With ETHS
    May 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    "Zoom" through history with ETHS, joining Rene Rodgers as she explores the story of the early commercial country music recordings at the 1927 Bristol Sessions-and get a sneak peek at a few related items from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum's vault! The program will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, via Zoom, or streamed live...
  • Brown Bag Lecture with Marilyn Mascaro
    March 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag lecture at noon on Thursday, March 12, author Marilyn Mascaro will share and discuss the recorded testimony of her grandfather who was an eyewitness to the Race Riot of 1919 in Knoxville. On August 30, 1919, a sense of foreboding hung over the city as word spread of an unruly mob forming with the...

  • Lecture with Amy Greenberg
    January 29, 2020 - 6:30pm

    Union Ave Books and the East Tennessee Historical Society welcome 19th century scholar Amy Greenberg back to Knoxville for the paperback release of her book LADY FIRST: THE WORLD OF FIRST LADY SARAH POLKThis event will be held at the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay Street) on Wednesday January, 29th at 6:30 pm. 

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  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

    “For years I longed to know my father’s story and be close to him in some way. A Fortress and a Legacy has given my family a vibrant picture of my father-my hero-for generations to come.”

                                                Rosalind Perrin Davis
                                                Daughter of...

  • @ 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 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, October 9, author and historian Dewaine A. Speaks will discuss his new book, Historic Disasters of East Tennessee, chronicling the stories of a series of disasters that have taken place in our region. The 1902 Fraterville Mine explosion, took the lives of 216 men and boys. The New Market train wreck...

  • The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777
    September 24, 2019 - 6:30pm
    The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775- 1777

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society as we welcome back the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Rick Atkinson, for a special lecture and books singing of his new book The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777. Volume...

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