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

  • February 7, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Would you like to better familiarize yourself with the historical resources that the East Tennessee History Center has to offer? This program and walking tour introduces participants to the entire History Center (the Museum of East Tennessee History, Knox County Archives, the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, and the Tennessee Archive of...

  • February 15, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Robert J. Booker will delve into the history of the African American moviegoing experience in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a conversation with Knoxville History Project Executive Director Jack Neely. Booker will discuss the city’s segregated Black theaters from the early 1900s to the 1960s, as well as his experiences at the Bijou Theatre, where...

  • February 25, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Coinciding with Black History Month, this program will explore strategies for tracing African American lineage and identifying accurate sources, such as the 1870 US Census, deeds, probate files, and Freedman’s records. Discussion will also center on how DNA testing, maps, oral interviews, family reunions, church records, and research trips may...

  • A history program for preschoolers
    Repeats every 2 weeks until Mon Jun 05 2023 except Mon May 29 2023. Also includes Mon Jun 05 2023.
    March 6, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

  • A history program for preschoolers
    March 20, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

  • March 25, 2023 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this workshop will explore resources for researching, documenting, and interpreting women’s stories, as well as hints on how to overcome challenges inherent to women’s history.

    Instructor: Lisa Norwood Oakley, vice president/curator of education, East Tennessee Historical Society

    This...

  • A history program for preschoolers
    April 3, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

  • A history program for preschoolers
    April 17, 2023 - 10:30am to 11:00am

    It's never too early for some Little History Lessons. During each session, caregivers and kids will learn about history through stories, games, crafts, and examining artifacts. Each session, we will introduce a new topic using themes and objects in our signature exhibition.

    Where

    Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S....

Previous Events

  • The Art of Jim Thompson & Laura Thornburgh
    February 1, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

     “What is there to see in the Great Smokies? That depends upon what you want to see. These are the friendliest mountains in the world, and offer a never-ending series of surprises for those who visit them.” – Laura Thornburgh

    In 1925, Assistant Director of the National Park Service Arno B. Cammerer ascended Gregory Bald on a special...

  • January 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Are you interested in exploring your family history but not sure where to begin? This session provides participants an overview of how to conduct genealogical research, including helpful charts and forms, free internet research sites, genealogy software, and other beneficial tips.

    Presenter: Ann Blomquist, editor, "Tennessee Ancestors,"...

  • January 17, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Navigating Family Search–the world’s largest free genealogical website–can be overwhelming. Participants in this session will review strategies for investigating Family Search’s available records, family trees, catalog of library items, research guides, maps, and more. Please create a free user account at familysearch.org prior to attending the...

  • December 13, 2022 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

    At times, genealogical research reveals more than names and dates; it may also uncover family photographs, letters, Bibles, or other heirlooms. What are the best practices for caring for these historic objects? This session will provide practical tips for preserving family heirlooms and other objects of historical value.

    This workshop is...

  • Brown Bag Lecture with speaker/author Paula Johnson
    December 1, 2022 - 7:00am to 8:00am

    The Marble City, the Scruffy City, or the Maker City, whatever you call it, Knoxville, TN has become a culinary destination. Locals and visitors eat their way through this unpretentious mountain town while exploring rich culinary inspirations ranging from Appalachian flavors to dishes brought from around the globe. Take a trip through historic...