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

  • August 10, 2021 - 7:00pm

    In-Person Reservations
    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902 (Seating is limited.) 
    Register on Eventbrite

    Virtual Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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

  • 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.)
    Register on Eventbrite

    Virtual Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom
    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at the start of...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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

  • George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service
    July 21, 2021 - 12:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society welcomes Ren and Helen Davis, authors of Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service, for a hybrid brown bag presentation and book signing.

    This event will be held in person and on Zoom on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at noon EDT....

  • Civil War to Today
    July 7, 2021 - 12:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society welcomes Dwight Wade, author of Unfinished Journey, for a hybrid brown bag presentation and book signing.

    This event will be held in person and on Zoom on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at noon EDT.

    Spanning 200+ years, Knoxville's Church Street United Methodist Church has weathered some of...

  • The Awakening of East Tennessee’s Public-Spirited Women
    June 26, 2021 - 10:30am

    The East Tennessee Historical Society welcomes Carole Bucy to examine the political awakening of East Tennessee women and their influence on public policies related to the needs of women and children, leading to Tennessee’s role in the successful passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920. This event will be held via Zoom on Saturday June 26, at 10:...

  • on Zoom
    June 16, 2021 - 11:00am

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on June 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom as Project Lead Antoine Fletcher and Research Assistant Atalya Dorfield introduce us to the African American Experience Project in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Begun in 2018, this project is a collaborative effort with park partners and the...

  • on Zoom
    June 2, 2021 - 2:00pm

    Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on June 2, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom as we welcome Tate Greene, National History Day (NHD) Gold Medalist and Clayton Bradley STEM Academy Senior, to chronicle his discovery of the power and relevance of regional stories in the academic study of American history. Tate’s NHD award-winning documentaries...