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
    Repeats every day every Monday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Fri Jun 29 2018 .
    June 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Children ages 9-13 are invited to join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a week-long adventure into the past! Junior Historian Camp will provide campers a sneak-peek into Knoxville museums and the city’s history. Each day features a field trip, tour, or hands-on activity to bring that history to life in the very spots where it took...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Children ages 9-13 are invited to join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a week-long adventure into the past! Junior Historian Camp will provide campers a sneak-peek into Knoxville museums and the city’s history. Each day features a field trip, tour, or hands-on activity to bring that history to life in the very spots where it took...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Children ages 9-13 are invited to join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a week-long adventure into the past! Junior Historian Camp will provide campers a sneak-peek into Knoxville museums and the city’s history. Each day features a field trip, tour, or hands-on activity to bring that history to life in the very spots where it took...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Children ages 9-13 are invited to join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a week-long adventure into the past! Junior Historian Camp will provide campers a sneak-peek into Knoxville museums and the city’s history. Each day features a field trip, tour, or hands-on activity to bring that history to life in the very spots where it took...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 29, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

    Children ages 9-13 are invited to join the East Tennessee Historical Society for a week-long adventure into the past! Junior Historian Camp will provide campers a sneak-peek into Knoxville museums and the city’s history. Each day features a field trip, tour, or hands-on activity to bring that history to life in the very spots where it took...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    Instructor: Doris Martinson, MLS, CA, Head, Knox County Archives. How to use county records (births, civil court, criminal court, deaths, deeds, divorces, probate, tax, wills) for investigating ancestors. Examples from the extensive resources of the Knox County Archives will be shown. Lecture will begin in the first floor auditorium. No pre-...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    July 21, 2018 - 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 9 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    August 11, 2018 - 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 30 to register...

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    It was October 1918 when Sergeant Alvin C. York gained national acclaim for his actions in battle in the Argonne Forest of France, single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers and taking 132 prisoner. Over time, the exact site of the battle became lost to history. Between 2006-2008, a national team of historians, archeologists, and geographers...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, June 13, Mark Davidson will speak on the Scots-Irish presence in early Appalachia. Just as they had in Northern Ireland and Scotland before that, the people known today as Scots-Irish had a strong resistance to English domination. They filtered out of Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley, then to the...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 9, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

    Join us from 11 am -2 pm on Saturday, June 9 for a free Family Fun Day! Come explore “The Great War” as well as its effect on Tennesseans and the world they knew. Activities will include living history, exhibits, crafts, and other family-focused activities that will allow visitors to explore life in the 1910s both at war and on the home front....

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    June 9, 2018 - 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
    May 19, 2018 - 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 7 to register.