Membership Event - "You Should've Been There!" 40th Anniversary World's Fair Exhibition

East Tennessee History Center
Sunday, May 1, 2022 - 9:00am to 11:30am

The East Tennessee Historical Society invites our members to a special celebration of the Museum of East Tennessee History's new, one-of-a-kind exhibition, "You Should've Been There!," in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery.


JOIN US for an afternoon of World's Fair-themed activities sure to be fun for all ages. To end the event, the Concord Brass Quintet will be at the Museum for a LIVE performance of polka music, including the famous "chicken dance" - a crowd favorite at the 1982 World's Fair.

Organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library, “You Should've Been There!” traces the fair’s development from conception to the pivotal moment when The Wall Street Journal referred to Knoxville as a “scruffy little city” and questioned its ability to host an international event. More than 11,000,000 visitors from around the world were informed and entertained in the various pavilions, exhibitions, and attractions put on by 22 countries and some 50 private organizations. Popular souvenirs were shirts and buttons proclaiming, “The Scruffy Little City Did It!”


"You Should've Been There!" is an official event of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair. To learn more about upcoming commemorative events, please visit: