Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Friends of the Knox County Library: Award-Winning Journalist/Author Rick Bragg

  • May 21, 2019
  • 7:00PM

Category: History & heritage and Literature & readings

Rick Bragg's momma doesn't own a single cookbook, but that hasn't kept her
from knowing what it takes to put a great meal on the table.

"Home Cookin' with Rick Bragg" will feature his momma's biggest fan talking
about his recent book, The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's
Table, on Tuesday, May 21, 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. Ronni Lundy, author
of Victuals, will join Bragg on stage.

Part cookbook, part memoir, The Best Cook in the World is Bragg's loving
tribute to the South, his family, and his extraordinary mother, Margaret.
Skillet by skillet, the stories and recipes come from Bragg's ancestors,
from feasts and near famine, from funerals and celebrations, and from a
thousand tales of family lore as rich and as sumptuous as the dishes they

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and author of three best-selling
memoirs and numerous other books, Bragg is the recipient of the Southern
Independent Booksellers Alliance's 2019 Southern Book Prize for Nonfiction
for The Best Cook in the World as well as the organization's 2019 Conroy
Legacy Award.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased at<
a709&id=8959b49143&e=7349c2cb69> . The ticket price includes a copy of The
Best Cook in the World. The event will be hosted by Friends of the Knox
County Public Library, the Knox County Public Library, and Union Ave Books.

For more information about this event, please visit

East Tennessee Historical Society: A Home for Our Past


Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

When the Museum of East Tennessee History opened in 1993, it fulfilled a shared vision to preserve and interpret the region’s rich history for the benefit of all, a vision first articulated a century and a half earlier. On May 5, 1834, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey addressed a group of a historically-minded citizens gathered for the first annual meeting of the East Tennessee Historical and Antiquarian Society. Concerned that many of the participants in Tennessee’s early history were passing away and with them their memories, Ramsey issued a call to action: “Let us hasten to redeem the time that is lost.”

Today, 185 years later, Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey’s plea to save Tennessee’s past continues to reverberate in the galleries of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s museum, a permanent home for our region’s cherished stories, traditions, and artifacts. The East Tennessee Historical Society actively began collecting artifacts and producing award-winning interpretive exhibits in 1993, which has now grown to more than 15,000 artifacts housed within the East Tennessee History Center. In this special exhibition, ETHS is excited to highlight East Tennessee’s unique history through a variety of artifacts, with at least one exhibited item from each year of ETHS’s active 25 years of collections, most of which are on display for the first time.

The exhibition, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of East Tennessee History and the tenth of the signature exhibition “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee,” includes more than thirty-five artifacts and numerous photographs and illustrations representative of East Tennessee’s unique history. Some of the items include an 1883 Springfield penny-farthing, the first apparatus to be called a “bicycle”; an 1822 artificial hand that belonged to a teacher from Union County; a silver coffee and tea service from the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad presented to Superintendent James Baker Hoxsie upon his retirement in 1866; a coverlet woven by one of the famed Walker sisters of Greenbrier; a shirt stating “Healing in the name of Jesus. Take up serpents, Acts 2:38” worn during religious services practicing snake handling in Cocke County; an 1817 bead necklace belonging to Eliza Sevier, the wife of Templin Ross and the granddaughter of both John Sevier and Cherokee Chief Oconostota; a 1907 baseball uniform from a coal town’s team in Marrion County; and the distinctive backdrop and wall clock from WBIR-TV variety program "The Cas Walker Farm & Home Show." The exhibit also features a brilliant display of East Tennessee furniture, textiles, folk art, instruments, and vintage toys.

New artifacts have been added to the exhibition for its extension, including a flag of the 39th Tennessee Regiment from the Battle of Horseshoe Bend; Civil War field drum, drumsticks, and daguerreotype that belonged to Martin E. Parmelle, Knoxville's last Civil War veteran; a Tennessee muzzle-loading percussion rifle; a “Pots of Flowers” quilt attributed to Mary Jane Spangler Green that is said to have been hidden under her dress in Civil War raids to prevent being taken by Union soldiers; a wood-fired face jug by local potter Peter Rose; an 1825-1850 pie safe from the border of Greene and Hawkins Counties; a 1902 oak basket from the Riverdale Community of East Knoxville; a 1930s roadside sign for Indian Cave, the Grainger County tourist attraction; and paintings by Charles Krutch, Jim Gray, and Lucile Smith.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Museum hours: M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5. Information: 865-215-8824,