A new Tennessee Civil War Trails marker was unveiled on December 5 which focuses on Knoxville as a bitterly divided city. Located at the Knox County Courthouse, the marker tells the story of the happenstance of simultaneous Union and Confederate rallies taking place in April 1861 only blocks apart on Gay Street. Knoxvillian Samuel Bell Palmer witnessed the rallies firsthand and, with amazing accuracy, sketched the scene from memory while a prisoner-of-war at Camp Douglas, Illinois. Those familiar with downtown will recognize several of the buildings, such as the Lamar House on the south end of Gay.

Remarks began at 12:15 p.m. with...

Some 80 items - from a woven coverlet to Little Debbie snack cakes to a fender section of a 3D-printed car - illustrate the march of Tennessee manufacturing in a new Museum of East Tennessee History exhibit.

History looks at 254 years of manufacturing across the state in the exhibit on display through Feb. 1, 2015.  The museum staff created "Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones."

Read Amy McRary's complete article!

At the recent convention, Medal of Honor recipients received hand-made quilts from local quilting guilds.  Kit Brown, treasurer of the Smoky Mountains Quilters Guild, came up with the idea when she first heard that the convention would be held in Knoxville.  For a year and a half, quilters have worked hard to create beautiful works of art for the Medal of Honor recipients.  The quilts were specifically designed for each recipient, reflecting the quilter’s personal connection to the soldier chosen to receive the quilt.

There was also a quilt designed for the Medal of Honor Convention itself.  It has intricate details such as the...

The Museum of East Tennessee History offered free admission on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in celebration of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!

The event represented the commitment of the Smithsonian and other museums to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. 

Visitors who presented the Museum Day Live! ticket gained free entrance for two at participating museums on September 27, 2014.  The event was a great success!  We...

Check out the wonderful coverage of the 2014 History Fair on the Inside of Knoxville blog!  There was also a great section on the Mechanics' Bank and Trust Building and Wanda Sobieski.


The East Tennessee Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

For the fourth year, the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) is pleased to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums to offer free museum admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their immediate...

About 40 people gathered Monday, May 19, 2014, at Exchange Place for a ceremony celebrating the beginning of the reconstruction of the historic Gaines-Anderson House at Exchange Place.

The houses were located at the intersection of Stone Drive and Bancroft Chapel Road and were donated to Exchange Place Living History Farm by Bancroft Ministries.

The two historic log houses c. 1796 were donated to Exchange Place. The house was build by Ambrose Gaines, an uncle to John Gaines who developed Exchange Place in the early 1800s.  In honor of longtime volunteers Dick and Suzanne Burow, the Gaines-Anderson House will also be known...

As the originator and sponsor of the East Tennessee District competition, the East Tennessee Historical Society advises and mentors teachers and students through all phases of the competition, from school to nationals.  ETHS also is available to consult with teachers and schools on how to incorporate NHD into your curriculum. 

The annual East Tennessee District competition takes place in March of each year at the University of Tennessee and is co-sponsored by ETHS and the University of Tennessee History Department.

This year's competition was held on March 7, 2014.  We had 300 students participate this year!  View our...