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

  • A Conference Finale to the Polk Project
    April 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to April 13, 2019 - 6:45pm

      Department of History...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 3, 2019 - 7:00am to April 4, 2019 - 7:45am

    Maryville College sprang from the vision of Reverend Isaac Anderson to fill what he saw as a great need for trained pastors and churches on the frontier. As pastor of Maryville's New Providence Presbyterian Church, Anderson led efforts to establish the "Southern and Western Theological Seminary," the forerunner of Maryville College, and for six...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 31, 2019 - 9:00am to April 1, 2019 - 9:45am

    Dr. Tim Johnson, professor of history at Lipscomb University, will discuss the Mexican War (1846-1848), its causes, legacy, and the role of Tennesseans. With the outbreak of the war, Tennesseans responded in such numbers that state officials were forced to resort to a lottery to select the 6,000 to serve. The response solidified Tennessee's...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 13, 2019 - 8:00am to March 14, 2019 - 8:45am

    Is there anything new to say about the most destructive war in modern history? In the case of RDX, yes! As the most powerful explosive in the world until the atomic bomb, RDX was used on all the war's battlefronts--land, sea, and air. Yet, the stunning accomplishment at what became known as "The Great Holston Ordnance Works," located along the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 5, 2019 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    Keel Hunt, author of Crossing the Aisle, How  Bipartisanship Brought Tennessee to the Twenty-First Century and Could Save America, will be the guest speaker for a lecture at the East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019..  The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The book...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 18, 2019 - 6:45am to 8:30am

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Monday, February 18, for a special Brown Bag lecture and book signing as the family team of Dr. Robin Montgomery and daughter Joy Montgomery present a program about Sam Houston, his life, his interaction with the Cherokee, and his role as an image of unity throughout the early 19th century.


  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 4, 2018 - 7:00am to December 5, 2018 - 6:45am

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on Tuesday, December 4, for a special Brown Bag lecture and book signing with Bill Landry as he discusses his newest book, When the West Was Tennessee. Landry takes readers on an adventure to discover the stories of the uncommon people who settled the Tennessee frontier, especially our own...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 4, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am

    Join us as television and movie actor Buck Taylor leads a fun and insightful conversation spanning a six-decade career, from the Golden Age of Television to the joy of making movies with notables such as Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer, Daniel Craig, Charlton Heston, and James Arness, a career that continues today with his soon-to-be-...