Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center: Cades Cove Tours with Bill Landry

Category: History & heritage and Science & nature

Cades Cove tour with Bill Landry - A memory for a lifetime. The best way to experience Cades Cove is with the storyteller himself. Limited opportunities to join Bill Landry of "The Heartland Series" fame for a wonderful personal guided trip around Cades Cove. Bill will share stories, tales and adventures while touring Cades Cove.

Advance reservations required. Limit of 17 guests per tour. Departs at 9:30 am from the GSM Heritage Center, tour is approximately 4 - 5 hours. Tour will be conducted rain or shine.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Cades Cove Heritage Tours, PO Box 268, 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882. Call 865-448-8838 for registration.

East Tennessee Historical Society: Country Music - A Film By Ken Burns

Category: Festivals & special events, Film, Free event, History & heritage and Music

Saturday at 4 PM – 6 PM

East Tennessee PBS, in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society and ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music Studies present an advanced preview of Ken Burns' COUNTRY MUSIC! Arrive early for a special performance by the ETSU's Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program

COUNTRY MUSIC chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form. From southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking western swing of Texas, from California honky-tonks to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, we follow the evolution of Country Music over the course of the twentieth century, as it eventually emerged to become “America’s music.”

Directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan, and produced by Julie Dunfey—Emmy-award winning creators of PBS’s most-acclaimed and most-watched documentaries for more than a quarter century. This eight episode, sixteen and a half hours series will begin airing on PBS September 15, 2019.

This event is free and open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/510463789487643/

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

Knoxville Walking Tours benefiting Knoxville History Project

Category: History & heritage

KNOXVILLE WALKING TOURS – THE CIVIL WAR IN KNOXVILLE
JULY 19, 2019 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM - A City Divided - It’s been over 150 years since the battle of Knoxville, one of the most sharply divided cities during the civil war. Occupied by both sides with recruiting offices set up on Gay Street on the same day, Knoxville was home to spies, street fights, and family feuds that outlasted the war. Visit the downtown sites and then get an overview of the battles and fortifications from the observation deck of the Sunsphere. Meet on the porch of the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $25. Children 6-12: $17 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

KNOXVILLE WALKING TOURS – SHADOW SIDE 2
JULY 19, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM - OLD CITY GHOSTS - The lively entertainment section now known as the Old City wasn’t always so friendly. The neighborhood has a history of dark times and dark deeds, and the remnants aren’t just in the architecture. Formerly known as the Bowery, the district was home to saloons, dance halls, pool rooms, and bars, where famous gunmen, thieves, ladies of the evening, and troublemakers of all kinds bumped elbows with naïve travelers and honest working folk. Life here was violent—and often short. Meet in front of The Phoenix Pharmacy and Fountain, 418 S. Gay Street. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $20. Children 6-12: $14 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

KNOXVILLE WALKING TOURS – SHADOW SIDE 3: SIDE STREET SHADOWS
JULY 20, 2019 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM - More Knoxville ghosts lurking in the side streets! Hear more tales of ghostly history as you follow storyteller Laura Still on the Side Street Shadows tour. Find out who haunts the Farragut, how a gunfight on Cumberland nearly started a war, and where you might meet the courteous spirit of a scholar or the grumpy ghost of a violent rebel. Meet on the porch of the The French Market Crêperie, 412 W Clinch Ave. Tours last approximately 90 minutes. Adults: $15. Children 6-12: $10 (Group rate available). For more information or to book your tour, please visit the Knoxville Walking Tours Website. *Proceeds from this tour help to support the Knoxville History Project

http://knoxvillewalkingtours.com/

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

McClung Museum: Debut, New Acquisitions

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

Debut: Recent Acquisitions features important acquisitions from the past four years in the McClung Museum’s eclectic arts and culture collection. Many of the objects have never been on display.

From ancient Peruvian ceramics and new additions to our extensive map collection, to Cherokee carving and modern and contemporary works on paper, they reflect the enormous diversity of the McClung’s holdings, and the generosity of donors who helped to add important objects to our collections.

The objects also illustrate the work of museum staff to fill cultural gaps needed to support the McClung’s educational mission. These treasures underscore the museum’s continued relevancy as a site for inspiration and pondering our world and its wonder.

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, 1327 Circle Park Dr on the UT campus, Knoxville, TN 37996. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9AM-5PM, Sunday, 1-5PM. Information: 865-974-2144, http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu