Past Exhibits

  • From Erzgebirge, Germany, to Wartburg, Tennessee
    November 22, 2021 - 9:00am to January 9, 2022 - 4:00pm
    A Family's Christmas Tradition

    Charles Gottlieb Ficke/Fickey and wife Ernestine Augusta Auerswald, through whom the crèche (above) and Christmas carousel (right) descended, immigrated to the United States from the Saxony region of Germany in 1883. Accompanying them were their sons Ernest, 15, and Theodore, 10.


  • East Tennessee Remembers 9/11
    August 23, 2021 - 9:00am to October 31, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Following the events of September 11, 2001, East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city's firefighting fleet. The so-called “Freedom Engine,” built by Seagrave...

  • February 14, 2020 - 9:00am to February 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Knoxville occupies a unique place in the American South. Following the Civil War, residents felt it was one of the few racially tolerant cities in the region. Unlike most cities in the South, African Americans in Knoxville could vote, hold public office, serve as police officers, and sit on juries. Despite this, racial tensions...

  • August 18, 2020 - 9:00am to November 29, 2020 - 3:00pm

    “I long to hear that you have declared an independency. And, by the way, in the new code of laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make, I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be...

  • A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew
    June 29, 2019 - 10:00am to January 27, 2020 - 4:00pm

    Please note that while this exhibit ended in 2020, a few of the artifacts are still on display in the Museum of East Tennessee History.

    “[Mountain Dew]’s pretty much a religious obsession for me.”
    —Chris Whitley, 27-year-old superfan of Mountain Dew, Jackson, Mississippi

    Mountain Dew. Your parents likely warned you about the neon-...

  • The Museum of East Tennessee History at 25
    September 15, 2018 - 10:00am to June 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
    “Let us hasten to redeem time that is lost.”—Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey to those in attendance at the East Tennessee Historical Society's first annual meeting, May 5, 1834   Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s plea to save Tennessee’s past continues to reverberate in the galleries of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s museum, a permanent home for our region’s...
  • A Travelling Exhibition from the Museum of the American Military Experience--Now Extended Through August 26!
    January 20, 2018 - 9:00am to August 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Between 2006 and 2009, an international team of historians, archaeologists, and geographers traveled to France to rediscover and document where Fentress County-native Sergeant Alvin C. York made his heroic stand. In the Footsteps of Sergeant York, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of the American Military Experience, showcases...

  • Quilts from the East Tennessee Historical Society's Permanent Collection
    August 7, 2017 - 9:00am to January 2, 2018 - 4:00pm


    East Tennessee families treasure quilts made by their ancestors. Besides warming and decorating the bed, quilts also serve as reminders of important events—births, weddings, service to our country, the death of loved ones. Often, these memories are preserved in notes attached to the quilts or through stories handed down to younger...