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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state. The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • February 3, 1992

    On this day in 1992, second-grader Becky Jean Pritchard of Sevier County was struck and killed by a passing car after getting off a school bus. Only 6 Children in the entire U.S. were killed while waiting for the school bus in 1991.