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

  • October 6, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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    Online Reservations
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  • October 13, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of...

  • October 23, 2021 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

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    Join us for a spooky event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of sightings and folklore!

    The event will feature a variety of Halloween-themed...

  • A Pictorial History of the Names on the Wall, Their Service, and Their Sacrifice
    November 9, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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  • hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society
    November 11, 2021 - 6:30pm

    This award periodically honors an East Tennessee history maker who is an ambassador for the region and represents integrity, dignity, leadership, and the volunteer spirit. It's given to an East Tennessean with either a recent accomplishment or a compilation of accomplishments in fields such as history, politics, entertainment, education,...

  • December 1, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of...

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    April 22, 2022 - 8:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society & Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law with presenting sponsors KaTom Restaurant Supply, Ihop, & The Honorable Bill and Chrissy Haslam invite you to attend A Historic Evening with Jon Meacham

    Destiny and Power: The American...
  • Have a Blast with the Past! Hopefully back in 2022!
    August 20, 2022 - 10:00am

    The East Tennessee Historical Society annually presents a one-of-a-kind celebration of our region's history! Participants representing the people, places, and events that shaped our past spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive!

    Walk the...

Previous Events

  • September 22, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
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    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the...

  • September 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

    Enjoy free admission for two to the Museum of East Tennessee History during Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. Download tickets starting August 18.

    Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide...

  • September 16, 2021 - 6:30pm

    Join us as Bill Haslam, former mayor of Knoxville and governor of Tennessee, discusses his new book, Faithful Presence: The Promise and the Peril of Faith in the Public Square, on September 16 at 6:30 pm. Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade will join Haslam for this special “Tennessee Conversation” event, to be...

  • Re-Enactment Celebration of Catharine Dickson and Dr. Alexander Williams’ Wedding
    August 29, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Dickson-Williams Mansion is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the home with an announcement of a major event and fundraiser to be held on the evening of Sunday, August 29, 2021. Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. featuring tours and stories of the mansion’s history, followed at 7:00 p.m. with the reenactment of the...

  • From the Handwritten Words to the Acorn Press
    August 18, 2021 - 12:00pm

    In-Person Location and Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.)
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    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of...