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
    November 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, Jack Neely will explore the history of epidemics and major outbreaks in East Tennessee and how they shaped our community. The program is part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read, featuring Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic novel, Station Eleven, the story of a small...

  • The First in a Three-Part Series on WWI in America
    November 5, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The first in a three-part series presented by the University of Tennessee Center for the Study of War and Society in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society will feature Josh Jeffery and Ryan Gesme, graduate students from the University of Tennessee Department of History, will present original research from their recent...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

    In a special evening lecture on Tuesday, October 24, Tore Olson demonstrates how twentieth-century efforts to overcome poverty in East Tennessee through the Tennessee Valley Authority came to serve as a model for accomplishing similar goals in places s far-flung places, such as Mexico, India, and Afghanistan. After World War II, countless...

  • A Program of the Knox County Public Library and Humanities Tennessee
    October 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Why do some monuments provide powerful emotions while others are largely forgotten?  This public presentation will provide a broader context for debates about historical monuments to help Tennesseans think about the role these markers play in communities today.

    Presented by Dr. Ellen K. Daugherty, Professor of Art History, Memphis...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In conjunction with the feature exhibition Stories in Stitches: Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection guest co-curator and nationally and internationally known quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel will share her favorite Southern quilt stories, including several from the exhibit.

    Merikay Waldvogel...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 10, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Popular Appalachian author and New York Times best-seller Sharyn McCrumb will be at the East Tennessee History Center on October 10 as part of a launch tour for her new book, The Unquiet Grave. Set in 19th century West Virginia, McCrumb’s novel is based on the true story of one of the strangest murder trials in American...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    October 5, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Join Friends, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, and the East Tennessee Historical Society for an evening with best-selling author Denise Kiernan on Thursday, October 5, at the East Tennessee History Center. A reception will be held at 6 p.m.; at 7 p.m., Kiernan will speak about and sign copies of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    September 13, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Quilts often pose mysteries, such as where did the quilt come from, who are all these people whose names are on the quilt? In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, September 13, Cindy Stuart will use “mystery quilts” as examples to explain the research techniques she uses to find answers, many of which, she notes, are free or inexpensive and...