East Tennesse Historical Society, Knoxville

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The East Tennessee Historical Society (ETHS), headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study of East Tennessee history, the preservation of historically significant artifacts, and educating the citizens of Tennessee. The Society also operates a museum and museum shop in the East Tennessee History Center on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. The East Tennessee Historical Society was established in 1834, only 38 years after the establishment of the state of Tennessee, to record the history of the development and settlement of the area.
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  • Before we took this trip I was joking to friends that we chose this museum because we figured it wouldn't take long. How much history can East Tennessee have? I was joking of course. And the...  more »
  • This is an excellent museum that displays a superb history of this unique part of the country. From first settlements to modern times the museum uses every method imaginable to show what it was like....  more »
  • East Tennessee Historical Society has all the updated resource for anyone who wants to create his or her very own family tree. My youngest son Rain wanted to create his very own family tree. And after a couple of years of research with his mommy. He was able to complete his family tree through ancestry data information located at the East Tennessee Historical Society. My youngest son called his family tree, Sir Knight Rain Fields because he was able to find a very famous Knight in his ancestry history. The ancestry data information is free to use at the East Tennessee Historical Society.
  • The exhibits here are well-designed, historically significant, and locally-relevant. The museum is one of the smaller but more focused types. In this case, the focus is on Tennessee history. That being said, the museum is hardly small, as it takes up most of a city block. You can view the whole thing in an afternoon if you aren't going to interact with everything. If you are the sort of person who has to 100% every museum you visit (like me!), then this one can keep you occupied for an entire day. A museum is an odd sell for a review. If you are big on museums, then you'll love this one. If you aren't, then this one won't change your mind. Ultimately, I decided to give it a five-star rating because it is an excellent specimen of what it sets out to be. Did I like it better than the Smithsonian or the British Museum? No, but that doesn't mean that it deserves any less than a perfect score because it treats its' chosen subject with reverence, respect, and thoroughness. In short, I would recommend it to anyone interested in what this place is offering.

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