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

  • October 24, 2023 - 12:00pm

    While team members at the East Tennessee History Center are processing and preserving historical collections, they often uncover unique, fascinating stories from the region’s past. In this PechaKucha-esque program, you will hear from several of ETHC’s team members as they share their recent research into some obscure but...

  • Brown Bag Lecture
    October 25, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Bill Landry will be discussing his recent book, A Last Hurrah, along with his Tennessee book which was published just in time for the pandemic, When the West Was Tennessee. A Last Hurrah is a collection of writings, poems, short stories and behind the scenes experiences and tales from the WBIR-TV Heartland Series...

  • A Celebration of Spooky East Tennessee History
    October 28, 2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you and your family to Monsters at the Museum. This fun event will feature a variety of Halloween-themed children’s crafts, story times, and walking tours. Fill your treat bags while trick-or-treating in the Voices of the Land gallery and learn about Halloween histories and eerie Victorian...

  • Repeats every month on the second Friday until Fri Nov 10 2023 except Fri Nov 10 2023. Also includes Fri Nov 03 2023.
    November 3, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Would you like to better familiarize yourself with the historical resources that the East Tennessee History Center has to offer? This walking tour introduces participants to the Museum of East Tennessee History, Knox County Archives, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image & Sound and how each...

  • Baskets & Weaving
    November 6, 2023 - 10:30am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History,...
  • November 6, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Are you trying to separate fact from fiction in oral histories of Cherokee ancestry? Is your goal to verify family tradition of a Cherokee ancestor? Join Anita Finger-Smith, CEO of Cherokee Genealogy Services, a business licensed by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, as she explains the appropriate federal, state, and...

  • November 9, 2023 - 5:00pm

    Between 1810 and 1854, Tennessee got steamboats, the telegraph and the railroad. Its population more than quadrupled; while its enslaved population went up about seven times. Tennessee sent two presidents to Washington; their actions and policies caused the nation to spread to the Pacific Ocean. In his new book, True Tales of Tennessee:...

  • November 13, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Service records, pension records, battle records, and regimental histories can provide an overwhelming amount of information about your ancestor. But what information is important to interpreting where and in what capacity your ancestor served? Join Myers Brown, author of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen and Tennessee’...

Previous Events

  • Repeats every month on the second Friday 2 times.
    September 8, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you to a historic Friday night pep rally at the East Tennessee History Center. Enjoy food, Schulz Brau beer served by Knox Taps, and live music. Get in the game spirit with a little help from the UT spirit teams and a special appearance by a UT’s own history maker. The free event will take place on...

  • September 8, 2023 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

    Would you like to better familiarize yourself with the historical resources that the East Tennessee History Center has to offer? This walking tour introduces participants to the Museum of East Tennessee History, Knox County Archives, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image & Sound and how each...

  • An Ambitious Hillbilly and a Southern Flapper Discover Knoxville, TN
    August 30, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In the early 20th century, Knoxville attracted many young people from Appalachia. Two of them were Earl Layman, a Sevier County native who craved town life, and Marie Little, who had evolved from a tenant-farmer’s daughter into a New Woman of the 1920’s. Months before the 1929 stock market crash, the two met and began married life in Knoxville...

  • A history program for preschoolers
    Repeats every 2 weeks until Mon Aug 21 2023 except Mon May 29 2023, Mon Jun 12 2023, Mon Jun 26 2023, Mon Jul 10 2023, Mon Jul 24 2023. Also includes Mon Jun 05 2023, Mon Jul 17 2023.
    August 21, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

  • Presented by Knox County Public Library
    August 16, 2023 - 12:00am to August 20, 2023 - 11:45pm

    Celebrate the work and legacy of Knoxville's Clarence Brown, one of Hollywood’s most highly regarded directors. His prolific body of work spanned the silent era into the 1950s. 

    Join international experts in downtown Knoxville for an exploration of Brown's legacy through film screenings, talks, tours, and more. All events are free and...