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
    August 20, 2017 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

    University of Tennessee–Knoxville history professor and author Dan Feller will give a lecture on Andrew Jackson’s influence on Native American removal in the United States to conclude the 10th Annual East Tennessee History Fair presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society. The lecture, which will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August...

  • @ the East Tennessee History Center
    August 16, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    From the institution of slavery to the black church, to businessmen, politicians, Knoxville College, schools, segregation laws, and much more, Knoxville historian Bob Booker will discuss 130 years (1844-1974) of black history in Knoxville. His encyclopedic knowledge was earned through decades of historical research and from the perusal of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    National History Day (NHD) competition is an annual contest for middle and high school students. Each year middle and high school students advance from school, district, and state levels to compete in the national finals at College Park, Maryland. East Tennessee students have proven amazingly competitive. This program will feature video...

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

    Arthur Bohanan will discuss his new book, Prints of a Man, detailing his career of 55 years in the criminal justice field. A curious mind and a high school interest in fingerprints took him from Sevier County to the top of his profession as a forensics specialist, inventor, and crime solver. He is perhaps best known for his invention...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Knoxville’s civil rights movement is an important, yet often understudied, part of the city’s history. Michael, Blum, adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate, seeks to remedy this. His talk will provide historical background, explain how the civil rights movement in Knoxville unfolded, and analyze its place in American...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    A tavern in Rogersville, a courthouse in Jefferson County, a shop in Rogersville—these are among the sites that mark the presence of David Crockett in East Tennessee. Was Crockett really born on a mountain top in Tennessee? Who was Margaret Elder, and is it true that she jilted him before the wedding? Joe Swann, the pre-eminent historian of...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 30, 2017 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

    In a special lecture on Sunday, April 30, Julie Warren Conn will discuss her career as a sculptor working with Tennessee Marble and share her memories of an older generation of stone carvers in Knoxville, whom she describes as Italian, "true stone carvers, working as Michelangelo did centuries before...with simple hammers and chisel," and came...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Few industries have had as historic and enduring effect on architecture across our nation as the marble industry of East Tennessee. Tennessee Marble, though not as steeped in antiquity as many European stones, has been quarried continuously in East Tennessee for lime and dimension stone since colonial times. Because it has national and...