Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am - 5pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8824, eths@eastTNhistory.org
First Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 9am - 4pm
  • Sat: 10am - 4pm
  • Sun: 1pm - 5pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
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 December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
865-215-8801
Second Floor
Hours
  • M-F: 8am-4:30pm
  • Closed December 24-25
  • Closed January 1
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
    December 14, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

    Cookies and apple cider will warm the day at the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 14, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities include local authors, storytelling, shop discounts, sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments. Holiday and traditional musical...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    January 11, 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 Jan 2 to register.

  • @ 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.

  • @ 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 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 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.

Previous Events

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    December 7, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Students use an individual computer to explore the major internet sites for state, county, and city genealogical records. Call 865-215-8809 starting November 25 to register.

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Instructor: Eric Head, BA, Knox Co. Archives and/or Dr. George K. Schweitzer, PhD, ScD. Finding your Revolutionar War ancestor, service records, pension records, bounty land records, battle records, regimental histories, burials, obituaries, descendants of the veterans, loyalist records. Participants should bring mnames of service men. Call (...

  • @ Cherokee Country Club
    November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society Board of Directors is pleased to honor Phillip Edward Fulmer, Senior, Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee, as the 2019 East Tennessean of the Year.

    2019 East Tennessean of the Year Celebration Dinner Phillip Edward Fulmer, Senior...
  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 11, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The East Tennessee Historical Society invites all veterans, active duty military, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as our guests on Monday, November 11, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., prior to and following the downtown Knoxville Veterans Day Parade. “Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in defense...

  • @ East Tennessee History Center
    November 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

    “For years I longed to know my father’s story and be close to him in some way. A Fortress and a Legacy has given my family a vibrant picture of my father-my hero-for generations to come.”

                                                Rosalind Perrin Davis
                                                Daughter of...