Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
First Floor
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 12
Third Floor
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 10
  • Closed April 12
Second Floor
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed April 10


The East Tennessee Historical Society recently received three Awards of Excellence by the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) for exhibits, education programs, and digital media. The awards were presented at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference held March 20, in Clarksville, Tennessee. Two of the projects were also nominated for the President’s Award, the highest project-based recognition presented by the Tennessee Association of Museums.

An Award of Excellence was presented to In the Footsteps of Sergeant York for best temporary exhibit. The exhibit, previously on view at the Museum of East Tennessee History...


KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 20, 2020 – As the COVID-19 Pandemic environment continues to evolve the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) reports today that the staff will begin working remotely from home effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice as their building has been closed to protect both the public and employees.  

The East Tennessee History Center is a Knox County owned building that houses the ETHS offices and Museum of East Tennessee History, The McClung Collection, Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, and Knox County Archive, all of which are now closed as of 3/20/20.  


Not only does this great article boost The Museum of East Tennessee History, it points lots of exciting things to do in Knoxville in one day for only $50.00.  So glad we made the cut!


The East Tennessee Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.  See the attached press release or our website for complete details.

Inside of Knoxville blog commemorates big event (by: KnoxvilleUrbanGuy): 

As I walked through Krutch Park last Saturday on my way to a delightful discussion of downtown with a small group of parishioners at the First Presbyterian Church, I passed a friend among the gathering groups of civil war reenactors and other interested parties. With a smile he asked, “Are we ever going to get over this war?”

It’s not a bad question. It ended a hundred-fifty years ago and yet, we continue to discuss it, debate it and commemorate it in various ways. We’ve had numerous wars since, but it does stand out in several regards. Roughly 750,000...

The East Tennessee Historical Society is a widely recognized, regionally based organization with a mission to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of a 35-county region. This mission is accomplished through a lecture series, teacher and student education, family heritage and genealogy programs, an annual history fair, tours, outreach, and a museum featuring an 8,000 sq. ft. signature exhibition and a changing exhibits gallery.

Of the $700,000 annual operating budget, approximately 80% is raised through membership, development, and sponsorships.  Development assets include a strong annual giving program, a membership/donor...

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, teaching, and lifetime achievement.  Organizations and individuals across the region are invited to make nominations.

Established in 1982, ETHS Awards of Excellence nominations begin in January of each year.  The awards are presented at the ETHS Annual Meeting held in June (usually held in...

With the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War approaching, East Tennesseans are working together to ensure war records are preserved for years to come.  "You're stepping back into history," Phillip Graves said to WBIR's Emily Stroud.  That's what he feels when he steps into a cemetery.  He is a member of the Union County Cemeteries Association, an organization committed to preservation.  That involvement led him to the East Tennessee Historical Society's project: In Death Not Divided. It's an effort to locate and identify burial sites of Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate.