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.

Previous Lectures

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 15, 2017 - 8:00am to March 16, 2017 - 8:45am

    A lawyer, politician, civil rights advocate, and gubernatorial candidate, William Yardley achieved a number of “firsts” at a time when it was unacceptable for an African American to do so. He was born in Knoxville to an Irish mother and an African American father and was befriended and mentored by the Yardleys, a prominent white family from...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 1, 2017 - 7:00am to March 2, 2017 - 7:45am

    In 1956, twelve courageous young students made history when they walked into Clinton High School, making it the first public high school in the Southeast to desegregate. The community’s initially constructive approach was marred by the violence and strife incited by outside agitators, a storm quelled only by the calling of the National Guard....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 7, 2016 - 7:00am to December 8, 2016 - 5:45pm

    "From the Archives: Finding East Tennessee’s Marble Story" is the subject of a lecture to be presented by Dr. Susan W. Knowles, Wednesday, December 7, at the East Tennessee History Center.

    Her interest piqued by Tennessee marble she saw in the United States Capitol, Knowles set out to learn more about marble from the East Tennessee...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 9, 2016 - 7:00am to November 10, 2016 - 6:45am

    Kiffin Rockwell, a Newport, TN native, volunteered for the French Foreign Legion at the outbreak of World War I and became the first American pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft during the war. He was awarded the Medaile militaire and the Croiz de gueerre for these valiant efforts. Rockwell died in combat in 1916 when his plane was shot down,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 11:30am

    Knoxville’s Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round and its cast of musicians are the subject of a lecture and book signing by Ruth B. White at the East Tennessee History Center, November 6. The occasion celebrates the launch of White’s new book, Knoxville’s ‘Merry-Go-Round,’ Ciderville, and the East Tennessee Music Scene.

    The noonday radio show...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 20, 2016 - 7:00am to October 21, 2016 - 7:45am

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Thursday, October 20, local historian and Shopper columnist Dr. Jim Tumblin will discuss his new book, Fountain City: People Who Made a Difference, the history of Knoxville’s most fiercely independent community as told through the stories of 56 extraordinary citizens. From pioneers to civic leaders...

  • @ Knoxville Museum of Art
    October 20, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    Dr. Monique Y. Wells, founder and director of the organization dedicated to preserving Knoxville-born Beauford Delaney’s artistic legacy in Paris, will speak at the Knoxville Museum of Art on Thursday October 20 5:30-7:30pm followed by a reception with cash bar.  The program, jointly sponsored by the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, the East...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 19, 2016 - 7:00am to October 20, 2016 - 7:45am

    In the first of two October events in the Books Sandwiched In series, we are honored to welcome Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett on October 19 for a discussion of I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Last Ride of Jimmy Hoffa by Charles...