Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • CLOSED MARCH 19-APRIL 3 DUE TO COVID-19
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 10
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed April 10
865-215-8800

Events & Programs


East Tennessee Historical Society Programs

As the public programming arm of the East Tennessee History Center, the East Tennessee Historical Society presents a variety of programs on historical topics featuring diverse subjects, speakers, and formats.  These include a Brown Bag and quarterly lecture series, conferences, tours, “A Tennessee Conversation” series with special speakers, a history fair, and teacher and student programs.

Upcoming Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    Instructor: Vicky Bills, MSIS, McClung Historical Collection. A house’s history involves much more than just its structure. The history of the people who have lived there can be obtained through city directory search, obituary records, newspaper articles, deeds and tax lists, insurance maps,...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to locate graves (well over 300 million entries now available) through FindaGrave, Interment, and BillionGraves, as well as special state, local, and military sites.  Call 865-...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources.  Call 865-215-8809 starting April 27 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to explore the seven major genealogical sites: Ancestry, Family Search, FindmyPast, MyHeritage, Fold3, Google, Cyndis List.  Call 865-215-8809 starting May 4 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Instructor: Steve Cotham, MA, MLS, Manager, McClung Historical Collection. The book, microfilm, manuscript, and internet facilities of the McClung Historical Collection, and how to use them to advance your genealogical research. Tour of the Collection included. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 18, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Advanced techniques in genealogical research beyond online sources with special attention to primary sources. Participants should have completed some family research including census and internet work, and should bring the research they have already done.  Call 865-215-8809 starting July 6 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. Students will explore various maps in books, in print, and online; how to understand public-land deeds and metes-and-bounds deeds; where to find migration maps; and map collections in the McClung Collection. Participants should bring information on their families. Call 865-215-8809 starting July 20 to register....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Finding your Civil War ancestor, service records, pension records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries. Participants should bring names and states of known or suspected Civil War ancestors.  Call 865-215-8809 starting July 27 to...

Previous Events

  • @ The Jonesborough Genealogical Society
    March 28, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

    On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Jonesborough Genealogical Society will host its monthly Genealogy Day with speaker, Ann Blomquist, an experienced genealogist who serves as the administrator for the First Families of Tennessee project of the East Tennessee...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
    Due to Covid-19 this event has been canceled.

    Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Cells/chromosomes/DNA, types of DNA studies (Y, mito, auto), DNA strings, string inheritance, 5-generation possibility, autosomal descent, matching probabilities, time arenas, ethnic origins, limitations. Lecture will be in the first floor auditorium...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

    In a Sunday afternoon lecture on March 15 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the East Tennessee History Center, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn’s great grand-nephew, author Tyler Boyd, will discuss his recently released book Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service.  The lecture...

  • Brown Bag Lecture with Marilyn Mascaro
    March 12, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag lecture at noon on Thursday, March 12, author Marilyn Mascaro will share and discuss the recorded testimony of her grandfather who was an eyewitness to the Race Riot of 1919 in Knoxville. On August 30, 1919, a sense of foreboding hung over the city as word spread of an unruly mob forming with the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical internet site. Items to be explored include available records, family trees, catalog of library items, scanned genealogical books...