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
    July 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    From the fronteir taverns and saloons to upscale dining and continental cuisine and a return to our roots of local eating experiences, Knoxville dining has now come full circle over the past 225 years. In a Brown Bag lecture, author and historian Paula Johnson will share stories ranging from the early country music stars frequenting Harold's...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 11, 2018 - 4:30pm

    The Friends of the Knox County Public Library and Union Ave Books will host an evening with journalist and author Vince Vawter on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. Vawter will speak about and sign copies of his latest book, Copyboy...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    It was October 1918 when Sergeant Alvin C. York gained national acclaim for his actions in battle in the Argonne Forest of France, single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers and taking 132 prisoner. Over time, the exact site of the battle became lost to history. Between 2006-2008, a national team of historians, archeologists, and geographers...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, June 13, Mark Davidson will speak on the Scots-Irish presence in early Appalachia. Just as they had in Northern Ireland and Scotland before that, the people known today as Scots-Irish had a strong resistance to English domination. They filtered out of Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley, then to the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, May 16, Louisa Trott will explain what life was like in Tennessee during WWI. From poems and letters from our troops on the front line to advice for coping with farm and home life, to special features, ads and government PSAs, Ms. Trott will explore life on the Tennessee home front as recorded in newspapers...

  • The Keynote Address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History
    April 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

    The public is invited to attend the keynote address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History on Friday April 27, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. This special lecture portion of the conference will be open to the general public.

    Old stereotypes of Appalachia portray the mountains as a...

  • A Three-Week Pilot Program That Provides the Tools to Pursue a Personally Meaningful History Project
    Repeats every week every Monday 3 times.
    April 23, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Calling all history lovers! The East Tennessee Historical Society, in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History and Humanities Tennessee, invites you to participate in a new pilot program called Master Local Historians. If you enjoy learning, thinking, discussing, reading, and writing about...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    The American Revolution created the United States of America.  Tennessee’s rich history is linked to the very founding of our nation.  Access to frontier lands and control over Appalachian territories were key factors that caused the Revolution.  The Battle of Kings Mountain involved prominent frontier settlers such as John Sevier.  The peace...