Calendar of Events

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Knox Heritage: Preservation Network - Fort Sanders

Category: Free event, History & heritage and Lectures & discussions

Join us on October 20 at 6 PM for our next Facebook Live event as we visit the Fort Sanders neighborhood, discuss it's special features and challenges, and visit with residents. The event is part of our monthly Preservation Network series.

https://www.facebook.com/KnoxHeritage/

Knox County Public Library: Know It Knox: Our Haunted History

  • October 20, 2020

Category: Festivals & special events, Free event, History & heritage and Literature & readings

Think you know it all? Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, October 20 at 7 pm for Know It Knox: Our Haunted History

Test your knowledge of the unquiet spirits that haunt Knoxville with hosts Thomas Anderson of Knox County Public Library, and Laura Still, local author and proprietor of Knoxville Walking Tours. The grand prize for top points is a signed copy of Laura's book A Haunted History of Knoxville.

Register now! https://kcpl.wufoo.com/forms/know-it-knox-online-trivia/

The Emporium Center: Kerry Remp - The Presidents: Layered Portraits of History

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

The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to present five new exhibitions at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville from October 2-30, 2020. A free reception with the artists will take place on Friday, October 2, from 5:00-8:00 PM. All visitors to the Emporium are asked to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines. Most of the works are for sale and may be purchased through the close of the exhibition.

The Presidents: Layered Portraits of History has been a series that I've wanted to create for quite some time. For each President, I spend a few hours researching books, websites and podcasts so that I can incorporate some piece of their history into the portrait. This piece of history may be a certain background, a document, a quotation, etc. One of the joys for me is the discovery process that each piece provides: I rarely create a piece with a preconceived notion of its final state – staying open to how the creative process steers me. Because each piece is unique, the process is fresh every time. Creating each piece can take anywhere from a few hours to a number of days, depending on the complexity of the piece.

Mr. Kerry Remp is a retired NASA Engineer and professional pianist who specializes in creating unique art works in paper as well as needlework of all types. A musician since the age of three, Kerry discovered visual art, via modular origami, at age 40 and has since worked in quilling, sculpture and portraiture with paper. He has been an active member of the Arts & Culture Alliance since retiring to Seymour in 2017. In addition to individual commissions and sales, he has participated in displays/shows at the Emporium Center, Broadway Studios and Gallery and the City-County Building

The Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, downtown Knoxville. Open Wednesdays from 9 AM – 5 PM and other days (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) by appointment only. Info: (865) 523-7543 or www.knoxalliance.com

East Tennessee Historical Society: Marching to Victory: East Tennessee’s Role in Votes for Women

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of women gaining the right to vote nationally, the East Tennessee Historical Society announces the opening of a new feature exhibition in the Museum of East Tennessee History’s Streetscape entitled Marching to Victory: East Tennessee’s Role in Votes for Women. The exhibition, which will run from August 18, 2020 through November 2020, tells the story of Tennessee’s history in politics and civic engagement and showcases how Tennessee became the “Perfect 36th” state needed to secure national ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This special exhibition chronicles the national progression of the Woman Suffrage Movement and highlights East Tennessee contributions including those made by Lizzie Crozier French, Cora E. Burke, and Eliza Shaut White. The Streetscape with its recreation of a 1920s East Tennessee Main Street serves as the backdrop for visitors who are immersed in the drama of the Woman Suffrage Movement. Life-size mannequins dressed as suffragists hoist reproduction campaign signs, as interpretive panels recount the unique stories of how individuals affected change.

The “march to victory” culminates in the display of the letter State Representative Harry T. Burn received from his mother, Febb E. Burn, encouraging him to vote in support of woman suffrage. This letter persuaded Harry Burn to change his vote, breaking a deadlocked state legislature, and ultimately changed history by making the ratification of the 19th Amendment possible. The letter is on loan from Knox County Public Library’s Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection.

Museum hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ETHS is following the guidelines within the Tennessee Pledge and has modified the Museum of East Tennessee History’s visitor experience. We ask that all museum visitors support our community’s health by observing these guidelines:
• Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available on site)
• Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
• Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household and follow one-way path markers
• Stay at home if you are sick

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824, www.easttnhistory.org

East Tennessee Historical Society: Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era

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Category: Exhibitions & visual art and History & heritage

Black & White, Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era featuring the stories of African American artists Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, and Ruth Cobb Brice, with contributions by guest historian Robert J. Booker. The exhibition, which opened February 20, 2020, right before the Museum closed, has now been extended to provide visitors’ access to this important part of East Tennessee’s past.

The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS) desires all to stay healthy and with our re-opening we continue to work to help curb the spread of the highly contagious disease that is COVID-19. ETHS is following the guidelines within the Tennessee Pledge and has modified the Museum of East Tennessee History’s visitor experience. We ask that all museum visitors support our community’s health by observing these guidelines:
· Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times (masks are available on site)
· Make regular use of the hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building
· Stay at least six feet away from anyone not in your household
· Follow one-way path markers
· Stay at home if you are sick

The Museum will close one hour early each day for enhanced cleaning. The hours, which are updated on our website are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Certain Museum features have also been modified to increase visitor safety. Examples are interactive exhibitions have been turned off, and seating has been removed to provide additional room for physical distancing.

East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37902. Information: 865-215-8824, www.easttnhistory.org

Jubilee Community Arts: Laurel Theater videos & radio

Category: Classes & workshops, Film, History & heritage and Music

While all public activities at the Laurel have been canceled until further notice including dances, concerts and church services, please enjoy videos on their YouTube channel which include concerts, dance lessons, and more! https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurelTheater/videos

The historic Laurel Theater is a regional, community cultural center dedicated to preserving and presenting the traditional arts of the Southern Appalachians. The Laurel Theater is owned and operated by Jubilee Community Arts.

Tune in to 91.9 FM WUOT on Saturdays at 9 PM for "Mountain Jubilee" and 89.9 FM WDVX on Sundays from 5-11 PM for "Sunday Jubilee"!

Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours: COVID-19 Program

  • May 1, 2020 — December 31, 2021

Category: Festivals & special events and History & heritage

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