Lectures

Love history and want to learn more? Explore a variety of historical topics as authors, scholars, and local historians present the latest research and books, as well as new looks at old subjects. Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Lectures

  • October 19, 2021 - 7:00pm

    East Tennessee History Center, 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
    No pre-registration is required,  seating is limited.

    This talk, based on Dr. Liulevicius's new book,  examines pardon petitions from former Confederates in Tennessee to produce a comprehensive analysis of the process of...

  • 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.) 
    Register on Eventbrite

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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

  • November 18, 2021 - 7:00pm

    One of the most talked-about events of the Cold War was the downing of the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. The event was recently depicted in the Steven Spielberg movie Bridge of Spies. Powers was captured by the KGB, subjected to a televised show trial, and imprisoned, all of...

  • December 1, 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

    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...

Previous Lectures

  • October 13, 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

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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

  • September 22, 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

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

    Or visit the ETHS Facebook page at 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.)
    Register on Eventbrite

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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

  • 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

    Online Reservations
    Register on Eventbrite for this event streamed on Zoom

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

  • 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...

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