Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8830
Third Floor
Hours
  • M-Tu: 9am - 8:30 pm
  • W-F: 9am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 9am - 5pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed April 10
  • Closed April 12
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed April 10
865-215-8800

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

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 22, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to access the billions of records and features of Family Search, the largest free genealogical internet site. Items to be explored include available records, family trees, catalog of library items, scanned genealogical books...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to access over 10 billion records including census and voter lists, birth, marriage & death, military, immigration & emigration, newspapers and periodicals, pictures, stories & histories, directories, court, land...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    March 21, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Cells/chromosomes/DNA, types of DNA studies (Y, mito, auto), DNA strings, string inheritance, 5-generation possibility, autosomal descent, matching probabilities, time arenas, ethnic origins, limitations. Lecture will be in the first floor auditorium. No pre-registration required.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Vicky Bills, MSIS, McClung Historical Collection. A house’s history involves much more than just its structure. The history of the people who have lived there can be obtained through city directory search, obituary records, newspaper articles, deeds and tax lists, insurance maps, photographs, and census records, and can often lead...

  • Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
    April 9, 2020 - 8:00pm

    The

    East Tennessee Historical Society

    &

    Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law

    with presenting sponsors
     

     KaTom Restaurant Supply, Ihop,
    & The...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    April 25, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to locate graves (well over 300 million entries now available) through FindaGrave, Interment, and BillionGraves, as well as special state, local, and military sites.  Call 865-215-8809 starting April 13 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 9, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources.  Call 865-215-8809 starting April 27 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use individual computers to explore the seven major genealogical sites: Ancestry, Family Search, FindmyPast, MyHeritage, Fold3, Google, Cyndis List.  Call 865-215-8809 starting May 4 to register.

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 15, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or KCPLS staff. Discover more of your family history through stories, historical events, obituaries, images, etc. Newsbank has access to nearly 10,000 sources from more than 160 countries, including the Knoxville News Sentinel’s 1922-1990 digitized editions, and Proquest has five other digitized...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Cherel Henderson, Director, East Tennessee Historical Society. The membership in First Families of Tennessee is now almost 17,000. To qualify, a person must prove descent from an ancestor who was in what is now Tennessee by 1796. This class will cover how to prove 1796 or prior residence, how to ascertain generation by generation...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    February 1, 2020 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Instructor: Ann Blomquist, MEd. How to begin your family search using charts and forms, free internet sites, genealogy software, and other sources.  Call 865-215-8809 starting Jan. 21 to register.

  • Lecture with Amy Greenberg
    January 29, 2020 - 6:30pm

    Union Ave Books and the East Tennessee Historical Society welcome 19th century scholar Amy Greenberg back to Knoxville for the paperback release of her book LADY FIRST: THE WORLD OF FIRST LADY SARAH POLKThis event will be held at the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay Street) on Wednesday January, 29th at 6:30 pm. 

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  • Brown Bag Lecture with Rachel Yarnell Thompson
    January 24, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    In a noon lecture on Friday, January 24, historian Rachel Yarnell Thompson will present “With Affection and Admiration: The Letters of George C. Marshall and Winston S. Churchill,” a discussion focusing on the friendships of these two great twentieth-century leaders, a relationship forged in the crucible of world war and one that revealed deep...