Student Programs

The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) provides a variety of options for museum and outreach education programs. All student programs are:

  • literacy based,
  • correlative to current social studies standards, and
  • adjusted to accommodate each grade level. 

Learn more about planning a student program, or contact the ETHS Education Department to schedule your museum or classroom visit:

You can now also complete an online reservation request!

Museum of East Tennessee History K-12 Education Programs

A standard 1.5- to 2-hour visit includes a guided activity in which students actively explore the signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, focusing on historical themes, stories, primary artifacts, and fascinating artifacts, such as David Crockett’s first gun.

Teachers may also select one of the following hands-on, interactive programs:

OBJECTS OVER TIME: Students analyze, or “read,” an object to determine its place on a timeline keyed to important Tennessee and U.S. history events. (Grades 5-12)

DISCOVERY BOXES: Students unravel the identities of frontier era characters by collecting clues from objects in the boxes. (Grades K-4)

BROTHER VS. BROTHER: Students follow prepared materials to recreate an 1861 debate between Unionist and pro-secessionists in East Tennessee. Based on actual speeches of the time, the debates introduce students to primary sources and encourage inquiry and discussion. (Grades 5-12)

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Students study antebellum slavery, while learning how to evaluate primary source documents. The documents are copies of actual records in original handwriting obtained from the Knox County Archives. (Grades 5-12)

HUZZAH!: Students will be learn about the state’s role in the Revolutionary War through this reader’s theater activity that focuses on the Reverend Samuel Doak’s stirring speech/sermon to the Overmountain Men as they gathered prior to the march to the Battle of Kings Mountain. (Grades 4-12)

Bring the Museum to Your Classroom

When a museum visit is impractical, ETHS can tailor any of the above programs for classroom presentation.

Additionally, ETHS offers the following outreach program, available only in the classroom:

EVERYDAY EXPRESSIONS: A 50-minute program that explores the ways in which European, African, and Cherokee cultures were adapted and blended to create the food ways and clothing styles of frontier Tennesseans. Trade is also a primary focus of this program. (Grades K-8)

Complete an online reservation request so we can contact you to schedule your outreach program and answer your questions.