Lectures

Love history and want to learn more?  Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects.  Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Lectures

  • The Keynote Address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History
    April 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

    The public is invited to attend the keynote address of the Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History on Friday April 27, from 5-6:15 p.m. at the East Tennessee History Center. This special lecture portion of the conference will be open to the general public.

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Previous Lectures

  • A Three-Week Pilot Program That Provides the Tools to Pursue a Personally Meaningful History Project
    Repeats every week every Monday 3 times .
    April 23, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Calling all history lovers! The East Tennessee Historical Society, in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History and Humanities Tennessee, invites you to participate in a new pilot program called Master Local Historians. If you enjoy learning, thinking, discussing, reading, and writing about...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

    The American Revolution created the United States of America.  Tennessee’s rich history is linked to the very founding of our nation.  Access to frontier lands and control over Appalachian territories were key factors that caused the Revolution.  The Battle of Kings Mountain involved prominent frontier settlers such as John Sevier.  The peace...

  • A Three-Week Pilot Program That Provides the Tools to Pursue a Personally Meaningful History Project
    April 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Calling all history lovers! The East Tennessee Historical Society, in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History and Humanities Tennessee, invites you to participate in a new pilot program called Master Local Historians. If you enjoy learning, thinking, discussing, reading, and writing about...

  • A Three-Week Pilot Program That Provides the Tools to Pursue a Personally Meaningful History Project
    April 9, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    Calling all history lovers! The East Tennessee Historical Society, in collaboration with the American Association for State and Local History and Humanities Tennessee, invites you to participate in a new pilot program called Master Local Historians. If you enjoy learning, thinking, discussing, reading, and writing about...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 18, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Tennessee figured prominently in the quest for woman suffrage when a young man’s vote in the Tennessee Legislature, August 1920, changed the course of political history for Tennessee and the nation. Young Harry Burn of Athens cast the tie-breaking vote that made Tennessee the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 14, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday, March 14, Jack Neely will explore local participation in World War I, both in terms of our contributions to the armed forces and through local industry and charity, as well as Knoxvillians’ influence on the national effort, along with one especially peculiar case of alleged espionage. He’ll also discuss some...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The public is invited to enjoy the movie classic “Sergeant York” staring Gary Cooper about the WWI Medal of Honor recipient, from Pall Mall, Tennessee, with commentary by Dr. Michael Birdwell, professor of History at Tennessee Tech University. Professor Birdwell has studied the life of World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York for more than a quarter...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Only after lengthy debate and soul-searching about national identity did America enter the Great War. In a special Sunday lecture on February 11, Michael Neiberg, PhD, will track American responses to the 1914 outbreak of the war, the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and debates on national preparedness in 1916. By 1917, most Americans, even...

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