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601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
(865) 215-8800 http://www.easttnhistory.org/

August 2014

East Tennessee History Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Free admission

From the Cherokee to the Present – Celebrating Our Region’s History

East Tennessee History Center, Krutch Park,
and various downtown locations

Music ~ Historic Crafts ~ Historical Characters ~ Walking Tours ~
Historic Home Tours ~ Graveyard & Museum Tours ~ Authors ~ Children’s Activities ~Living History ~ Davy Crockett’s Birthday

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January 2015

Introduction Knoxville Welcome 2015 Class

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The Introduction Knoxville Class of 2015 will be welcomed. Light fare, beer and wine will be served. The reception includes alumni from Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville.

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May 2015

League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County Annual Meeting

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Free

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Harold A. Middlebrook Sr., an active member of the civil rights movement when the Voting Rights Act was signed into law in 1965. A social period begins at 5:30 pm., with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by Middlebrook's remarks. The group's business meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

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June 2015

Kuumba Festival Kickoff Luncheon

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The luncheon serves as the kickoff for the Kuumba Festival, the largest African American Cultural Arts Festival in East Tennessee.

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August 2015

Eighth Annual East Tennessee History Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee History Fair includes a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historic and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, free museum admission, Civil War bus tours and tours of Knoxville’s historic homes, “History Hound” dog costume contest, food, museum tours, “Smoky Mountain Film Festival” at the Tennessee Theatre, genealogy workshops and book signings, vintage baseball games at World’s Fair Park, farmers' market and more. The…

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September 2015

"From Papers to Pixels" Launch Luncheon

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and News Sentinel columnist Sam Venable will host the launch luncheon for "From Papers to Pixels," the campaign to digitize the historic archives of The Knoxville News-Sentinel. The Knox County Public Library Foundation is spearheading the effort. Invitations were sent, and the public is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted.

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November 2015

Celebrating a Life in Tennessee Art Preview Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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A preview reception will be held for the groundbreaking exhibition of works by Knoxville's renowned artist Lloyd Branson (1853-1925). The "Celebrating a Life in Tennessee Art" exhibit will be on display Nov. 7, 2015, to March 20, 2016. The preview reception ends at 6 p.m., and the venue will be open for "First Friday."

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Women's Fund of East Tennessee 'Stop the Violence' forum

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The "Stop the Violence Against Women & Girls" forum by the Women's Fund of East Tennessee is a members' only event, plus their guests. Wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Gov. Bill Haslam will be in attendance.

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December 2015

Red & Green Evening

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$75

The 43rd annual Red & Green Evening is a hosted event that seeks contributions to fund nonprofit agencies that help people with HIV/AIDS. The entire donation benefits the East Tennessee AIDS Fund, a component fund of the East Tennessee Foundation. Advance registration at https://etf.webconnex.com/RG2015 is encouraged.

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March 2016

Knox Heritage Benefit to Save Lloyd Branson House

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$100

Knox Heritage will hold a benefit to raise funds to preserve the Lloyd Branson House. The event will feature wine and a cocktail supper and the chance to view previously unexhibited Branson works. Local Branson experts Adam Alfrey and Jack Neely will speak.  

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April 2016

'Come to Make Records' Pre-Exhibit Event

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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"The Come to Make Records" exhibit, which officially opens April 16, will hold a pre-event on April 15. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the following program: 6 p.m., art exhibit by Julie Belcher, music by saw player Robert Maddox; 7 p.m., live music performances of local musicians doing their versions of 1929 and 1930 Knoxville Sessions songs; and 7:30 p.m., screening of rare film footage by Knoxville sessions artists. The exhibit runs through Oct. 30.

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Scenic Knoxville Reception and Celebration

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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RSVP needed

Scenic Knoxville will hold a reception, celebration and program to recognize eight years of advocacy and accomplishment in Knox County. Wine and refreshments will be available. The featured speaker will be Mary Tracy, president of Scenic America with the topic: Taking the Long View - A Vision for Realizing America the Beautiful. Free admission but limited seating. RSVP needed to [email protected] or [email protected]. Free parking at State Street Garage.

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May 2016

An Evening with Author Sharyn McCrumb

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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"An Evening with Author Sharyn McCrumb," hosted by Friends of the Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society, features a light reception (starting at 6:30 p.m.) with the New York Times bestselling author. McCrumb will discuss her new novel, "Prayers the Devil Answers," which tells the story of Ellie Robbins who is appointed to serve out the term of her late husband as sheriff of their rural Tennessee mountain town during the later years of the Great Depression.…

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August 2016

An Evening with Author and Reporter Dan Zak

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Reservations encouraged

Washington Post reporter and author Dan Zak will discuss his new book, "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age," which begins in 2012 when a trio of elderly peace activists infiltrated the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signature. Seating is limited; advance registration is encouraged.

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Ninth Annual East Tennessee History Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee History Fair includes a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historic and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, free museum admission, Civil War bus tours and tours of Knoxville’s historic homes, “History Hound” dog costume contest, food, museum tours, “Smoky Mountain Film Festival” at the Tennessee Theatre, genealogy workshops and book signings, vintage baseball games at World’s Fair Park, farmers’ market and more. The…

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Leadership Knoxville 2016 Fall Class Opening Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville will host an opening reception for the 2016 fall class. Light fare and wine will be served.

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September 2016

Family of Earth: A Celebration

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Open to public with donations accepted

After the death of renowned writer and environmentalist Wilma Dykeman Stokely in 2006, a typewritten manuscript was discovered among her papers. To celebrate its publication, her sons, Jim and Dykeman Stokely, will speak at the East Tennessee History Center. The event, which is is free, is made possible by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the Library Society of UT, the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Knox County Public Library. Copies of the memoir, "Family of Earth:…

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January 2017

Introduction Knoxville Winter Class of 2017 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville's Introduction Knoxville will hold a welcome reception for its Winter Class of 2017. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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March 2017

Friends of Knox County Public Library: An Evening With Amy Greene

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Friends of the Knox County Public Library and The Library Society of UT Knoxville will host an evening with author Amy Greene at the East Tennessee History Center. Greene will present the 2017 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture. Greene is the author of two novels, Bloodroot and Long Man. Greene currently is working on a third novel. Copies of Greene’s books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books after the lecture.

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April 2017

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2017 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2017. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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May 2017

Friends of Knox County Public Library: An Evening With Nathaniel Philbrick

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Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Please register in advance

Friends of the Knox County Public Library will host an evening with author Nathaniel Philbrick at the East Tennessee History Center. Philbrick will discuss his book, "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution." Philbrick won the National Book Award in 2000 for "In the Heart of the Sea," about an 1820 whaleship rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. That book was adapted into a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth. Seating is limited.…

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July 2017

Opening Reception and VIP Dinner with Author Wendell Potter

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$35

The Knox County Public Library, in partnership with the Jane L. Pettway Foundation, Knox County Public Library Foundation and the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, will hold an opening reception and VIP dinner with UT Torchbearer Wendell Potter, a New York Times best-selling author who wrote "Deadly Spin" and "Nation on the Take" and the founder of Tarbell.org. The "Evening with Wendell Potter," which is free will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre,…

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August 2017

Introduction Knoxville Fall Class of 2017 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Fall Class of 2017. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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October 2017

Friends of Knox County Public Library: An Evening with Author Denise Kiernan

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$10

Friends of the Knox County Public Library will host an evening with author Denise Kiernan at the East Tennessee History Center. A wine and cheese reception will be held at 6 p.m., followed by Kiernan speaking at 7 p.m. about her latest work, "The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home." The book takes readers on a well-researched journey through the Gilded Age. Spanning wars, financial crises and great tragedy, the author tells the…

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November 2017

Friends of the Knox County Public Library Present: Unbroken Circle

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The Friends of the Knox County Public Library will present: "Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in  the South," an anthology by Julia Watts and co-editor Larry Smith. The stories challenge stereotypes and show that people of the South are as varied as the region’s landscape. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society. Watts and six contributors will be present: poet and author James E.…

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February 2018

Introduction Knoxville Winter Class of 2018 Congratulations Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold congratulations reception for its Winter Class of 2018. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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March 2018

Friends of Knox County Public Library: An Evening with Author Elaine Weiss

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$10

Friends of Knox County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, the East Tennessee Historical Society and WUOT will host an evening with award-winning journalist and writer Elaine Weiss. Weiss will speak about and sign copies of her latest book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, which will be released March 6. Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will introduce Weiss at the event. Tickets go on sale to the public Feb. 12. Ticketholders may purchase copies of The Woman’s Hour at the event at a 10…

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April 2018

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2018 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2018. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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August 2018

Friends of Knox County Public Library: An Evening with Vince Vawter

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Veteran journalist and storyteller Vince Vawter will talk about "Copyboy," the sequel to his Newbery Honor Book, "Paperboy." The sequel has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild selection. The event, which is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, WUOT and Union Ave Books, is free and open to the public. Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Vawter has a 40-year career in newspapers, including with the The Knoxville News-Sentinel where…

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East Tennessee History Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Historical Society will hold its annual East Tennessee History Fair, along with the East Tennessee Antique Fair. Participants representing the people, places and events that shaped East Tennessee's past will "spill out of the East Tennessee History Center and fill downtown Knoxville, making history truly come alive." Attendees can walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War. The fair also includes hands-on activities, a bus tour of Knoxville's historic homes, “History…

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The East Tennessee Historical Society: Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Historical Society will host a presentation, reception and book signing with Stephanie L. Slater for "Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court." RSVP to [email protected] or call 865-215-8825.

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Introduction Knoxville Fall Class of 2018 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Fall Class of 2018. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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October 2018

Historic Homes of Knoxville Founders Day Luncheon

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$10 – $50

The annual Historic Homes of Knoxville Founders Day Luncheon will celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 227th birthday. The luncheon promotes the city and its historic properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site and Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit The Historic Homes of Knoxville. Steven E. Woodworth, American historian and professor of history at Texas Christian University, will discuss Civil War battles in East Tennessee.

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November 2018

East Tennessee Preservation Awards

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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RSVP needed

The 2018 East Tennessee Preservation Awards, held in conjunction with the Knox Heritage annual meeting, recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations and projects contributing to historic preservation efforts. The reception begins at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. awards celebration, followed by the annual meeting. Attire: business casual/casual. RSVP by Oct. 26 to Hollie Cook at 865-523-8008, ext. 3 or [email protected].

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January 2019

Introduction Knoxville Winter Class of 2019 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Winter Class of 2019. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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February 2019

Friends of the Knox County Public Library: Women-Led Social Justice Movements in Appalachia

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Join authors Ginny Ayers Savage and Jessica Wilkerson for a conversation about women-led social justice movements in Appalachia.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of the Knox County Public Library, Union Ave Books, Knox County Public Library, and East Tennessee Historical Society.  In To Live Here, You Have to Fight, Wilkerson tells the stories of the women in Appalachia who acted as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s and…

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April 2019

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2019 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2019. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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July 2019

Friends of the Knox County Public Library Annual Meeting

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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RSVP requested

The Friends of the Knox County Public Library Annual Meeting will hold its annual meeting to vote on the vote on the proposed 2019–20 slate of officers and directors. The guest speaker will be Marilyn Kallet, Knoxville's Poet Laureate. Light hors d’oeuvres and sweets from Rothchild Catering, plus tea, coffee and wine will be available. To RSVP, email [email protected] by Wednesday, July 10.

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August 2019

East Tennessee History Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Historical Society will hold its 10th annual East Tennessee History Fair featuring a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historical and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, trolley tours to Knoxville’s historic homes, tours of underground Gay Street, “History Hound” dog costume contest, free museum admission, vintage film festival at the Tennessee Theatre, checkers tournament, antiques fair, art exhibits, miniature battles, traditional foods, book sales, farmers'…

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Introduction Knoxville Fall Class of 2019 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Fall Class of 2019. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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September 2019

Black, White and Read All Over: An Event Honoring the Front Page Follies Honorees

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Registration requested

The Front Page Foundation will celebrate and honor past Front Page Follies honorees in an intimate gathering where past honorees and participants can reunite and also provide feedback to the foundation regarding the future of the Follies. The event includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. Register HERE.

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Historic Knoxville Brown Bag and Book Signing with Jack Neely

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Jack Neely will hold a "Brown Bag" lecture and book signing to discuss his latest book, Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor's Guide to Its Stories and Places. Guests can bring a "brown bag" lunch; soft drinks will be available. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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October 2019

Historic Homes of Knoxville Founders Day Luncheon

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The annual Historic Homes of Knoxville Founders Day Luncheon will celebrate the City of Knoxville’s 228th birthday. The luncheon promotes the city and its historic properties, including Blount Mansion, Crescent Bend House & Gardens, Historic Ramsey House, James White’s Fort, Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs State Historic Site and Westwood. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit The Historic Homes of Knoxville.

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November 2019

ETSPJ: An Evening with Al Tompkins

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Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute, journalist and writer, will lead a community forum to address the proliferation of fake news and how the media and public can recognize it and respond. Tompkins has won numerous accolades for his journalistic, including the National Emmy, Peabody Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. The free event is sponsored by the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and University of Tennessee…

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December 2019

East Tennessee Historical Society’s Holiday Open House

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The East Tennessee Historical Society will host a Holiday Open House with local authors, storytelling, shop discounts, sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments, including warm cookies and apple cider, and holiday and traditional musical performances by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club. Local crafters Karen Micheletta, David and Becky Weaver, and Aviary Broom Co. will be demonstrating a variety of crafts and offering handmade items made from vintage quilts, baskets, chair caning,…

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‘A Knoxville Christmas’ Lecture

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Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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RSVP requested

This special holiday event showcases Christmas in Knoxville throughout the years. Jack Neely, executive director of the Knoxville History Project, will share Knoxville holiday stories from the past. Paul James, director of development for the Knoxville History Project, will feature vintage film footage of Knoxville Christmas parades from the vaults of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image & Sound (TAMIS). This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Hollie at [email protected].

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January 2020

Introduction Knoxville Winter Class of 2020 Welcome Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Winter Class of 2020. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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April 2020

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2020 Welcome Reception – POSTPONED; NEW DATE IS AUG. 5

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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(As a proactive measure against the COVID-19 virus, this event has been postponed until Aug. 5) Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2020. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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May 2020

East Tennessee Preservation Conference – POSTPONED; NEW DATE IS SEPT. 18

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$55

(As a proactive measure against the COVID-19 virus, this event has been postponed until Sept. 18.) The 2020 East Tennessee Preservation Conference will highlight local preservation stories and strategies and dig deeper into preservation topics using the places of East Knoxville as the foundation for conversations. The keynote speaker will be Ethiel Garlington of the Historic Macon Foundation in Macon, Georgia. Attendees include preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals. The event…

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June 2020

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2020 Welcome Reception – POSTPONED; NEW DATE IS AUG. 5

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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(As a proactive measure against the COVID-19 virus, this event has been postponed until Aug. 5.) Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2020. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual. (This event was rescheduled from April 15.)

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August 2020

Introduction Knoxville Spring Class of 2020 Welcome Reception – CANCELED

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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(As a proactive measure against COVID-19, this event has been canceled in 2020.) Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Spring Class of 2020, an event twice postponed because of COVID-19. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual. (This event had been rescheduled from April 15 and June 3.)

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Lecture and Book Signing: ‘Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service’

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Tyler Boyd, the great grand-nephew of Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn, will discuss his recently released book, Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections & a Life of Service. The lecture is presented by the East Tennessee Historical Society and can be attended in-person or virtually. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. It has been recognized with an East Tennessee Historical Society Award of Distinction and Daughters of the American Revolution's Historic Preservation…

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East Tennessee History Fair – CANCELED

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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(As a proactive measure against COVID-19, this event has been canceled in 2020.) The East Tennessee Historical Society will hold its 11th annual East Tennessee History Fair featuring a living history timeline, live music, historic crafts demonstrations, historical and genealogical groups from across the region, children’s crafts and activities, Davy Crockett’s birthday party, walking tours of downtown, trolley tours to Knoxville’s historic homes, tours of underground Gay Street, “History Hound” dog costume contest, free museum admission, vintage film festival at…

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September 2020

Introduction Knoxville Fall Class of 2020 Welcome Reception – CANCELED

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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(As a proactive measure against COVID-19, this event has been canceled in 2020.) Leadership Knoxville’s Introduction Knoxville will hold an invitation-only welcome reception for its Fall Class of 2020. Alumni of Leadership Knoxville and Introduction Knoxville are invited to attend. Alumni are asked to RSVP at [email protected]. Attire is business/business casual.

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October 2021

2021 East Tennessee Preservation Conference

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Free

Knox Heritage and Historic Houses and Museums will host the 2021 East Tennessee Preservation Conference, part of the local celebration of Founder’s Day, the 230th birthday of the founding of the City of Knoxville. Dan Brown, the historic sites program director at the Tennessee Historical Commission, will be the keynote speaker; Rev. Reneé Kesler will discuss the Delaney Museum at Beck project; and Blount Mansion will discuss the recent Craighead-Jackson House restoration. All staff, volunteers and attendees will be required…

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March 2022

‘From Batboy to Congressman: Thirty Years in the U.S. House’ Book Talk

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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As part of the East Tennessee Historical Society's lecture series, former U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., will present “From Batboy to Congressman: Thirty Years in the U.S. House - Book Talk,” a discussion focused on his professional and personal development while serving as a U.S. representative for Tennessee's Second District from 1988-2019.

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‘You Should’ve Been There!’ VIP Preview and Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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To honor the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World's Fair, the East Tennessee Historical Society will host a VIP preview and reception of a new, one-of-a-kind exhibition, "You Should've Been There!," in the Rogers-Claussen Feature Gallery that will officially open March 19. The exhibition’s theme is not only a nod to the international exposition’s marketing catchphrase, “You Have Got to Be There! The 1982 World’s Fair!,” but also an acknowledgement that four decades removed, there is a generation of East…

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April 2022

2022 Graduating Class of Leadership Knoxville Scholars Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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A reception will be held to celebrate the 2022 Graduating Class of Leadership Knoxville Scholars in a partnership with the University of Tennessee. Light fare, beer and wine will be served. The event is open to all Leadership Knoxville alumni from all classes.

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May 2022

East Tennessee Historical Society Annual Meeting

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) will hold its Annual Meeting of the Membership to celebrate the region's history. A special membership address will be made by Dr. Warren Dockter, president and CEO of ETHS, to review the last year of activity and share what is being planned for the year to come. Dr. Lorri Glover, a historian of the early American South, will discuss how the 21st century ushered in innovations in historical sources, research and interpretations.

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Knoxville History Project: When the World Came to Knoxville: Remembering the 1982 World’s Fair

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The Knoxville World’s Fair is 40 years old this year, but does that make it historic? In this program, hear how five different historians would answer that question. Jack Neely, director of the Knoxville History Project, will be joined by three professors from the University of Tennessee, and Dr. Michael Camp, author of a recent book that examines the key role of East Tennessee in addressing the national energy challenges of the 1970s and 1980s. The evening will include rare…

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East Tennessee Historical Society Cocktails and Conversation

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Historical Society will celebrate the announcement of Adrian Jay as the ninth vice regent representing the state of Tennessee at the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The "Cocktails and Conversation" event will feature Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, the executive director of Historic Preservation and Collections at George Washington's Mount Vernon.

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August 2022

Book Talk Community Discussion: ‘The Least of Us’

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will host a community discussion with author Sam Quinones on his book, "The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth." The book is a follow-up to "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic," Quinones’ earlier work about the genesis of the opioid crisis. Both books are critically acclaimed and in January 2022, "The Least of Us" was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award…

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October 2022

Historic Homes of Knoxville Founders Day

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The Historic House Museums of Knoxville (HHMK) and the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) will host Founder’s Day: A Celebration of 231 Years of Knoxville with special guest and former Knoxville Mayor Randy Tyree. During the celebration, visitors are invited to sign a birthday card for Knoxville, as well as enjoy birthday cake, a special presentation with former Tyree at 12 p.m., the unveiling of the new HHMK PastPort and free admission to the Museum of East Tennessee History. Petro's…

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January 2023

East Tennessee SPJ and League of Women Voters Legislative Forum

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists (ETSPJ) and the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) will host the annual legislative forum with members of the Knox County delegation as the Tennessee Legislature convenes in 2023. The forum will be moderated by Jesse Mayshark, co-founder of the Compass. Open to the public.

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March 2023

Historic Homes and Museums of Knoxville ‘PastPort’ Launch Party

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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The Historic House Museums of Knoxville (HHMK) and the East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) are introducing PastPort: Your Key to the History of Knoxville, Tennessee. The PastPort Launch Party will be held at the East Tennessee History Center. Great for Knoxville staycationers and tourists, the journey through Knoxville’s past travels from the late 18th century frontier of the Southwest Territory and the founding of Tennessee, through the Antebellum and Civil War eras and into the Gilded Age of the late…

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April 2023

Game Changers: A Roundtable Discussion with Title IX Trailblazers in East Tennessee

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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In her new book "Title IX, Pat Summitt, and Tennessee’s Trailblazers," Dr. Mary Ellen Pethel introduces readers to past and present pioneers in women’s sports. Enjoy an evening book talk and roundtable discussion with key trailblazers Dr. Joan Cronan, Ann Baker Furrow and Missy Kane. Additional trailblazers will be present for questions and book signing. Pethel is an assistant professor of honors and global leadership studies at Belmont University and the executive director of NashvilleSites.org. She is a graduate of…

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August 2023

Lights! Camera! East Tennessee! Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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A reception will be held to celebrate the success of Lights! Camera! East Tennessee! The reception is hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society and Knox County Public Library. The special guest is Larsen Jay, executive producer of "That Evening Sun" from 2009 starring Hal Holbrook that was filmed in East Tennessee. The Lights! Camera! East Tennessee! exhibit opened last November and has been extended through Sept. 3, 2023. Information about the exhibit and Knoxville's ties to Hollywood and the…

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History Hootenanny

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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In partnership with the Knox County Public Library's Clarence Brown Film Festival, the East Tennessee Historical Society will host the second annual History Hootenanny, a celebration of East Tennessee History. Guests will enjoy live music, children’s activities, a local used history book sale, walking tours, shuttles to the Historic House Museums of Knoxville and genealogy workshops.

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October 2023

ETHS: Tribute to Carl and Pearl Member Preview and Opening Reception

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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East Tennessee Historical Society members can attend a preview and opening reception for the "Tribute to Carl and Pearl" with food, book signing and meet-and-greet with the Butler family. Live music and a screening of the Butlers' home movies will begin at the public event at 7 p.m. Performers include Paul Brewster and Friends Band, comprising 14-year-old mandolin prodigy Wyatt Ellis and Grand Ole Opry performers Daniel Grindstaff, Kent Blanton, Stephen Burwell and John Meador. A screening of 8mm home…

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2023 East Tennessee Preservation Conference

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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Free

The 2023 East Tennessee Preservation Conference: Modernism in East Tennessee will explore the history of Mid-Century Modernist design in the area, its importance in the history of architecture and why these sites should be preserved. The annual preservation conference, hosted by Knox Heritage, is an educational opportunity for history enthusiasts; civic leaders; and professionals in the fields of architecture, real estate, academia and property development. Registration includes all sessions, breakfast and lunch.

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February 2024

2024 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture

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East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay St.
Knoxville , TN 37902 United States
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$14

Author and storyteller Carolyn Finney will be the featured speaker at the 2024 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the John C. Hodges Society of UT Libraries and Friends of the Knox County Public Library. Finney returned to school after a 15-year absence to complete a B.A., M.A. (both of these degrees focused on gender and environmental issues in Kenya and Nepal, respectively) and Ph.D. (which focused on African Americans and environmental issues in the U.S.). She has been…

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