With more than 130,000 individuals reached annually through visitation, educational programs, and outreach, the East Tennessee History Center is working hard to promote, interpret, and preserve the history and culture found in East Tennessee's 35 counties. The feature exhibition, "Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee," housed in the history center, is an award-winning, dynamic artifact-based exploration of East Tennessee history, beginning with the Cherokee and concluding with the 1982 World's Fair. This exhibition, combined with the programs and research facilities also housed in the center, provide a unique visitor experience that will allow you to find your East Tennessee story!
The Pillars of Support Program and Exhibit was established by the ETHS Board of Directors in 1992 at the recommendation of Bob Webb, who served on the ETHS Board and chaired the "Bringing the Past to Life Capital Campaign" from 1989-1992. It was that campaign which made our beautiful museum facility a reality and continued the public-private partnership with Knox County and the Knox County Public Library.
The purpose of Pillars of Support is two-fold: 1.) To preserve and showcase the history of East Tennessee community leaders, businesses, and institutions that have contributed significantly to the growth and betterment of the region. 2.) To recognize and honor the achievements of those individuals, families and institutions who provided the business and community leadership for the endeavors.
Because every Pillar is a history-maker in their own right, video biographies that tell the stories of each Pillar have been produced with the help of family and sponsors.
During the week of October 3, 2011, Knoxville became the sixth stop on Book TV's and American History TV's 2011 Local Content Vehicle Cities Tour. The programs in this playlist were aired nationally during the weekend of October 29-30, 2011. The East Tennessee Historical Society hosted the welcome reception for C-SPAN, launching the film crews' exploration of the literary culture and rich history of the "Marble City" and its surrounding region.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" is a touring exhibition (organized by the National Constitution Center with support from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities) on view at the East Tennessee History Center from November 20, 2011, through January 13, 2012, in partnership with the Knox County Public Library. The exhibition explores how Abraham Lincoln struggled with the issues of secession, slavery, and civil liberties. Special to this showing of the exhibition is a tie-in component that highlights original artifacts from the collections of private lenders, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate, Tennessee, and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee. For more information about the exhibition and associated programming, please visit: http://www.knoxlib.org/lincoln/.