WHO:         East Tennessee Historical Society & Knox County Public Library


WHAT:       History Hootenanny: A Celebration of East Tennessee History, Education, and Fun featuring: Genealogical Workshops | Live Appalachian Music | Walking Tours | Historic House Museums Tours | Museum Tours | Local History Authors Showcase with Arcadia Publishing | Friends of the Library Used Book Sale | Children’s Activities | TAMIS Screening | and Much More


WHEN:       Saturday, August 20, 2022, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


WHERE:    Downtown Knoxville–East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay Street



Come visit the East Tennessee History Center on August 20 for our first ever History Hootenanny! A Hootenanny means lots of different things to different folks. Whether it’s an informal gathering with folktales and old timey music or a Gaelic party, to us in East Tennessee, it’s just plain fun.


The History Hootenanny will celebrate all the best aspects of East Tennessee history. At its core is the Museum of East Tennessee History, where the region’s past lives every day. Guests are invited to explore the Museum, taking in the pageantry of the 1982 World’s Fair in the feature exhibition, You Should’ve Been There!; trying your hand at family friendly activities in History Headquarters; and interacting with guest interpreters from local historic houses in the signature exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee; all the while enjoying live music from the Shaw Hollow Boys and Wild Blue Yonder in the Museum’s galleries.


Some of the highlights will include a Local History Authors Showcase featuring authors from Arcadia Publishing and an author panel discussing how to publish. There is also a used book sale with the Friends of the Library, and upstairs there will be a Genealogy Mini-Conference for those who want to research their family history. Screenings of recent acquisitions by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound and walking tours with Laura Still (Knoxville Walking Tours) and Jack Neely (Knoxville History Project) will be a part of the day’s activities. Another highlight will be the History Express, which shuttles passengers to and from several of Knoxville’s Historic House Museums.


All these programs are representative of the component parts of the East Tennessee History Center, which actively works each day to make history relevant throughout the region.


Visit our website at http://easttnhistory.org/historyhootenanny or call 865-215-8824


All Free to the Public!