Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

YWCA Knoxville: 35th Annual Tribute to Women

  • September 18, 2019

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

Save the Date! September 18, 2019.

East Tennessee's foremost celebration honoring women, the YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley's 35th Annual Tribute to Women, will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. This annual event recognizes women who exemplify the mission of the YWCA: eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley -- www.ywcaknox.com
420 W. Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902 -- 865.523.6126

Knoxville History Project: Brown Bag Lecture with Jack Neely

Category: Free event, History & heritage, Lectures and Literature & readings

“Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to its Stories and Places”

Join Jack Neely for a Brown Bag Lecture and book signing as he discusses his latest book, Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor's Guide to Its Stories and Places, a comprehensive and engaging guide to scores of sites and institutions relevant to the city's endlessly fascinating, but often little known, history. Jack will also identify historic locations across the city that define Knoxville's uniqueness as an Appalachian town deeply rooted in the past, as well as the remarkable individuals who have left their mark on the "scruffy city", making it quite possibly the most American of cities. A book signing will follow the lecture.

A well-known local author and historian, Neely is executive director of the Knoxville History Project and for many years authored the popular "Knoxville's Secret History," column in the Metro Pulse. Other publications include Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth, Knoxville: This Obscure Prismatic City, From The Shadow Side: And Other Stories Of Knoxville, Tennessee, and The Marble City: A Photographic Tour of Knoxville's Graveyards.

The lecture is sponsored by the Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel and Crematory and is free and open to the public and will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 18, at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. Guests are invited to bring a "Brown Bag" lunch and enjoy the lecture. Soft drinks are available. For more information on the lecture, exhibitions, or museum hours, call 865-215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.

Knoxville Walking Tours to benefit Knoxville History Project

Category: Festivals & special events, History & heritage and Lectures

For tour descrpitions and to purchase tickets, visit www.knoxvillewalkingtours.com

9/13/19 - The Early Years at 10:30 am & Shadow Side Ghost Tour at 8:00 pm
9/14/19 - Side Street Shadows Ghost Tour at 8:00 pm
9/15/19 - The Civil War in Knoxville at 4:30pm
9/18/19 - Gunslingers at 2:00pm
9/20/19 - The Civil War in Knoxville at 10:30am & Shadow Side 2: Old City Ghosts at 8:00pm
9/21/19 - Side Street Shodows Ghost Tour at 8:00pm
9/22/19 - Knoxville's Musical History at 2:30pm & Literary Heritage at 5:00pm

For more information on upcoming events for Knoxville History Project, visit http://knoxvillehistoryproject.org/events/

East Tennessee Historical Society: The Freedom Engine: East Tennessee Remembers 9/11

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art, History & heritage and Kids & family

Visitors to the Museum of East Tennessee History will have an opportunity to view special items associated with the “Freedom Engine,” a tribute gift from East Tennesseans to New York City following the events of September 11, 2001. East Tennesseans contributed more than $940,000 to purchase and equip a 95-foot tower ladder truck for Harlem-based Ladder Company 14, helping the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) replenish the largest vehicles in the city's firefighting fleet. The so-called "Freedom Engine," went into service during March 2002 and was dedicated on September 11th of that year.

FDNY typically retires their trucks from regular service after about 10 years. The Freedom Engine went into reserve status in 2013. Upon retirement, several artifacts associated with the truck, including a bucket door, captain's helmet, memorial plaque from the people of East Tennessee, and a presentation plaque containing a piece of World Trade Center metal, were returned to East Tennessee and donated to the East Tennessee Historical Society. These items will be on display through October 13, 2019, at the Museum of East Tennessee History, along with a video about the project. You may view the exhibit and artifacts online at the ETHS website at www.easttnhistory.org/exhibits/freedom-engine.

Each Sunday is Family Day and is free to the public.

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, www.easttnhistory.org

East Tennessee Historical Society: "It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!”: A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

"It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!”: A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew

Special Members Preview: Thursday, June 27, 2019, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The exhibition highlights the drink’s history, from the origins of the term “mountain dew” and the development of the marketable hillbilly image that influenced media and culture, to becoming the third most popular soft drink brand.

The exhibition includes more than 200 artifacts highlighting the drinks history, moonshining, and the hillbilly image. The exhibition begins with video footage of early moonshine busts and a visit to a moonshine still in Cocke County in 1938. A variety of liquor jugs, dating from as early as the 1890s are on display with other moonshine paraphernalia. There is an assortment of artifact reflecting the early color writers and their effects on the hillbilly image, as well as artifacts from Knoxville’s 1910 Appalachian Exposition. One case contains a variety of “hillbilly” memorabilia, including Beverly Hillbillies dolls, comic books, Lil’ Abner items, and a pair of Hee Haw overalls.

The exhibition features a 1900 carbonation machine from the Roddy Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Knoxville and a sizeable display of rare and highly collectable bottles, including a few dating to Knoxville in 1927, a progression of Mountain Dew bottles over the years, and a variety of other vintage soft drinks from around the region. Of special interest are the “Barney and Ally” bottles, which were the first Mountain Dew bottles ever produced. In 1951 and 1952, the Hartman Beverage Company produced 7 oz. green and clear bottles. The applied color label’s bare the name of the creators of Mountain Dew. In the early 1950s, green bottles were reserved for “colorless” flavors, while clear bottles were used for drinks where the color would reflect the actual flavor. Mountain Dew was originally bottled as a set of flavored drinks and not as a specific flavor like today. Also displayed are a variety of items relating to the Hartmann family.

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, www.easttnhistory.org