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
    April 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    Do you have an item made of marble quarried in East Tennessee that has been passed down in your family or purchased at a yard sale or auction or photographs or documents pertaining to the marble industry? If so, the East Tennessee Historical Society would like to know about it.

    The East Tennessee Historical Society has been documenting...

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

    Dr. Andy Holt is remembered for his inspirational outlook and for the growth of the university under his tenure, a record that included a tripling of student enrollment, a doubling of faculty and staff, and the addition of eight new buildings. Dr. Joe Johnson, a close friend and colleague and president emeritus of the University of Tennessee,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Dr. Michelle Commander of the Africana Studies program, University of Tennessee, will lead a discussion of the Octavia Butler novel, Kindred, in which a young African American woman is wrenched through time from 1976 back to antebellum Maryland, where she meets her ancestors: a white slave owner and the proud black free woman he has...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Every cell in your body has a set of chemical strings called DNA. They contain DNA inherited from many of the ancestors in your family tree. Modern technology permits us to find the portions given to you by your forebears. By correlating this information with your genealogical research, you can trace back to most, if not all, of your ancestors...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 24, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    From a colorful youth growing up in the governor’s mansion to a distinguished military career and eight terms as a United States Congressman, Bob Clement, son of former Tennessee Governor Frank Clement, has enjoyed a firsthand look at the politics of world events in the second half of the twentieth century. In his new book, Presidents,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 23, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

    East Tennessee native and best-selling author Amy Greene will deliver the annual Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture. Greene is the author of Long Man and Bloodroot, both set regionally. The Atlantic Constitution describes her writing as “Luminous . . . . In language as unadorned and lovely as a country quilt,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    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 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    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....