Special Events

Fundraising events and other special programs are occasionally planned throughout the year. 

Upcoming Special Events

  • June 6, 2023 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society’s Awards of Excellence program annually recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, and interpretation of the region’s history. Eligible projects include exhibits, lectures, conferences, publications, print and broadcast media,...

  • June 10, 2023 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    The popular downtown home tour—a 30-year tradition started by the non-profit group City People—will now be hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society.

    The Downtown Home Tour offers a unique opportunity to see what urban living has to offer and go inside private residences that showcase the variety of homes that exist in downtown...

Previous Special Events

  • May 7, 2023 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Put on your jazziest attire and join us for the debut of Biscuits, Bubbly, & Beignets on May 7, 2023, at The Standard (416 W. Jackson Avenue). The VIP Sponsor Party kicks off at 10:30 am for sponsors and $250/person ticketholders with champagne, bloody marys, mimosas, passed appetizers from Holly’s Gourmet’s Market, and music by The...

  • with speakers Dr. S. Danielle Shelton and Ms. Amy M. Kostine
    May 2, 2023 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) Board of Directors invites you to the ETHS Annual Meeting of the Membership on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the East Tennessee History Center. Join us for a time for members to come together, greet old friends, make new ones, and to celebrate the region's history.

  • hosted by Chris Blue & Crockett
    April 10, 2023 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Join us at the next live taping of the Appalachia Sessions! Experience all the show-stopping performances, bloopers, and interviews. The live taping takes about two hours and will be cut down to a one-hour TV show broadcast across the Appalachian region. Come cheer, clap, stomp your feet, and be a part of the show! 

    Head over to...

  • A Celebration of Spooky East Tennessee History
    October 29, 2022 - 6:00am to 10:00am

    Calling all monsters! The East Tennessee Historical Society invites you and your family to Monsters at the Museum, an event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that call East Tennessee home. From Cherokee oral traditions to eerie Victorian mourning customs, we’ll delve into the region’s spooky and mysterious histories...

  • Highlights from the Museum of East Tennessee History’s Quilt Collection with speaker Merikay Waldvogel
    October 18, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

    Come see spectacular quilts and coverlets from the East Tennessee Historical Society’s collection. Merikay Waldvogel will share why these particular quilts are so special. If you're new to collecting quilts and other textiles, you'll learn what to look for in regional quilts and how to care for them. Everyone is welcome. Knoxville's quilt...

  • October 3, 2022 - 6:00am to 8:30am

    The Historic House Museums of Knoxville (HHMK) and the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) invite you to Founder’s Day: A Celebration of 231 Years of Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center. During this celebration, HHMK reflects on the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville with a special...

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    History Happy Hour
    September 8, 2022 - 1:00pm
    An East Tennessee Historical Society membership created for fun people like you! Membership

    Individual: $35 ETHS membership plus $100/individual = $135

    Couple: $45 ETHS membership plus $100/individual = $235

    Non-members/guests: $25/per person/per event


    Member events will include appetizers, beer, wine, and...

  • A Celebration of the East Tennessee History Center
    August 20, 2022 - 5:00am to 11:00am

    Visit the East Tennessee History Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 20, 2022, for the inaugural History Hootenanny! The event features the best of the East Tennessee History Center, including live music and fun activities in the Museum of East Tennessee History, genealogy workshops, a used local history book sale, book signings...