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Retiring Executive Director Cherel Henderson (left) and Dr. A. Warren Dockter, ETHS's New President and CEO (right)

Executive Director Cherel Bolin Henderson has announced her plans to retire from the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) effective December 31, 2020, reported ETHS Board Chairman Jerome Melson. Cherel, a Jefferson County native, joined the ETHS staff in 1987, was promoted to associate director in 1995, and became executive director in 2003. Over the past 17 years under Cherel's leadership, ETHS has continued to thrive and grow.

Cherel's many achievements are noteworthy. She is the...

A local group has launched a project to identify all veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The project will span both Tennessee and North Carolina sides of the park. So far the group has identified one hundred sixty-three veterans spanning the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, and both sides of the Civil War.

Of the one hundred sixty-three veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the team has identified one hundred three buried in Tennessee: twenty-six in Blount County; thirty-eight in Sevier County; and, thirty-nine in Cocke County. And, in North Carolina there are sixty known veterans...

PROGRAM: Knoxville's 1919 Race Riot: An Eyewitness Account

DATE: 12:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020

LOCATION: East Tennessee History Center601 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

ADMISSION: FREE

 

(Knoxville, TN) 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 intent...

Lecture and Book-Signing with Tyler Boyd

WHAT: Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service | Featuring a Lecture and Book-Signing with Tyler Boyd presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society.

DATE: Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

LOCATION: East Tennessee History Center 601 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

ADMISSION: FREE!

(Knoxville, Tenn.)–In a Sunday afternoon lecture on March 15 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the East Tennessee History Center, Tennessee Statesman...

WHAT: Black & White: Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era a new feature exhibition at the Museum of East Tennessee History

DATE: Open February 14, 2020—June 14, 2020

LOCATION: East Tennessee History Center 601 S. Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

(Knoxville, TN) Knoxville occupies a unique place in the American South. Following the Civil War, residents felt it was one of the few racially tolerant cities in the region. Unlike most cities in the South, African Americans in Knoxville could vote, hold public office, serve as police officers, and sit on juries. Despite...

A Brown Bag Lecture and Book Signing with Rachel Yarnell Thompson

PROGRAM: With Affection and Admiration: The Letters of George C. Marshall and Winston S. Churchill| a Brown Bag Lecture and Book Signing with Rachel Yarnell Thompson

DATE: Noon, Friday, January 24, 2020

LOCATION: East Tennessee History Center 601 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902

ADMISSION: FREE | Attendees are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch

(Knoxville, TN) In a noon lecture on Friday, January 24, historian Rachel Yarnell Thompson will present “With Affection and...

The East Tennessee Historical Society received three Awards of Excellence in 2019 by the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) for exhibits, education programs, and digital media. The awards were presented at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference held March 20, in Clarksville, Tennessee. Two of the projects were also nominated for the President’s Award, the highest project-based recognition presented by the Tennessee Association of Museums.

An Award of Excellence was presented to In the Footsteps of Sergeant York for best temporary exhibit. The exhibit, previously on view at the Museum of East Tennessee History...

UPDATED:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2020 – As part of the ongoing battle to contain COVID-19, ETHS is doing its part to help keep our community as safe as possible. ETHS—its offices and the Museum—will remain closed until further noticeas part of the State of Tennessee’s and Knox County’s “Safer at Home” directive. The re-opening date for the East Tennessee History Center will be shared as soon as it is known.

To stay informed of further plans and to access information and resources about “all things history,” we urge ETHS members, patrons, and friends to regularly check our website ...

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