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

  • Civil War to Today
    July 7, 2021 - 7:00am to July 8, 2021 - 6:45am

    The East Tennessee Historical Society welcomes Dwight Wade, author of Unfinished Journey, for a hybrid brown bag presentation and book signing.

    This event will be held in person and on Zoom on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at noon EDT.

    Spanning 200+ years, Knoxville's Church Street United Methodist Church has weathered some of...

  • The Awakening of East Tennessee’s Public-Spirited Women
    June 26, 2021 - 5:30am

    The East Tennessee Historical Society welcomes Carole Bucy to examine the political awakening of East Tennessee women and their influence on public policies related to the needs of women and children, leading to Tennessee’s role in the successful passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This event will be held via Zoom on Saturday June 26, at 10:...

  • on Zoom
    June 16, 2021 - 6:00am to June 17, 2021 - 5:45am

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom as Project Lead Antoine Fletcher and Research Assistant Atalya Dorfield introduce us to the African American Experience Project in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Begun in 2018, this project is a collaborative effort with park partners and the...

  • on Zoom
    June 2, 2021 - 9:00am to June 3, 2021 - 8:45am

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on June 2, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom as we welcome Tate Greene, National History Day (NHD) Gold Medalist and Clayton Bradley STEM Academy Senior, to chronicle his discovery of the power and relevance of regional stories in the academic study of American history. Tate’s NHD award-winning documentaries...

  • "Zoom" Through History With ETHS
    May 21, 2020 - 8:00am to May 22, 2020 - 8:45am

    "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 - 8:00am to March 13, 2020 - 8:45am

    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 - 1:30pm

    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. 


  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 7, 2019 - 7:00am to November 8, 2019 - 6:45am

    “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...