Calendar of Events
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
East Tennessee Historical Society: Zoom Brown Bag Program by Anne G’Fellers Mason
“Desperately Seeking Nancy: A Search to Learn More about Nancy, Jonesborough Abolitionist Elihu Embree’s Enslaved Woman”
Join the East Tennessee Historical Society on April 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom as we welcome Anne G’Fellers Mason, Executive Director of the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Heritage Alliance, to share her search for Nancy’s story; the story of an enslaved woman in 19th century Jonesborough, TN, whose experience will be dramatically voiced through a piece of museum theatre, scripted by Ms. Mason and based on the original, primary sources uncovered during her research.
In 1820, Elihu Embree published Jonesborough’s The Emancipator, the first periodical dedicated solely to the cause of abolitionism. In reality, Embree never truly lived up to his principles. Ms. Mason has worked to track Embree’s journey with abolitionism and the lives of the people he enslaved, including Nancy and her children who were manumitted in Embree’s will.
This program is the first in a series of Zoom Brown Bag programs and Saturday lectures to be offered this spring and summer. Sponsored the Albers Family Foundation in memory of Harriet Z. Albers and by Gentry-Griffey Funeral Home in Knoxville, the East Tennessee Historical Society is privileged to share the good work of history being done around East Tennessee, by East Tennesseans, and about East Tennessee’s story with our members and the public.
The “Desperately Seeking Nancy” program is free. We do ask that those interested in participating in the live Zoom program email eths@eastTNhistory.org to register. We will share the Zoom link in an email just prior to the program.
East Tennessee Historical Society
(865) 215-8824- Main
Knoxville Museum: Fully Awake - Black Mountain College Documentary
Exclusive online viewing as an enrichment to the exhibition currently at KMA. View the history, influence, and lasting imprint of the artists, students, and faculty of Black Mountain College. 60-min documentary provided through Vimeo and accessed on any computer, smartphone, or internet-capable device.
Knoxville Walking Tours
Are you looking for a safe and engaging outdoor activity during the pandemic? Take a historical tour of downtown Knoxville – its past, its present, and most of all its people - with poet and storyteller Laura Still with Knoxville Walking Tours.
Laura opens a window to Knoxville’s varied past and leads you on a journey through hard times and high times of a city growing through more than two centuries of history.
• Knoxville: The Early Years
• Misbehaving Women
• Civil War
• Musical History
• Literary Heritage
• Shadow Side Ghost Tours
A portion of all downtown tours support the Knoxville History Project. You can schedule your tour at http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/.
Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program
Since 2010, Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours have created the highest level of enjoyment. With the hard times we are facing as a country, we feel that entertainment IS 100% essential. Getting out of the house, enjoying the outdoors with loved-ones is extremely beneficial to personal health.
With this being said, we have decided to adjust our Tours operation so we can offer service to the public, while also maintaining social distancing requirement.
Public Tours are postponed till social distancing requirements are lifted. (RESCHEDULES will be available once social distancing requirements are lifted.)
Private Tours will be offered for “Households” and social circles. (We have decided to offer these events to individuals who spend time in close proximity of each other.) This is a great solution for slowing the spread of the virus while also offering activities that can bring enjoyment to families in the community.
Information: 865-377-9677 or www.hauntedknoxville.net