Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state. The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • January 23, 1919

    On this day in 1919, a Joint Resolution by the General Assembly created the Tennessee Historical Commission to collect data on Tennessee in World War I.  Its mission soon broadened.

  • January 23, 1856

    On this day in 1856, after overcoming many legal challenges, Union County was created from portions of surrounding counties.  Its name may reflect the union of segments of these five counties or reflect the area's support of the Union in the political debates of the times.