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Front Porch to the Region's History

Geography defines East Tennessee as a land of mountains and valleys and with a history and heritage apart from the rest of the state. The East Tennessee Historical Society recognizes this distinctiveness with programs and exhibitions uniquely tailored to the region. Our educational mission is to engage the public with the message that history is important. 

This Day In East Tennessee History

  • July 27, 1927

    Musician and activist Guy Carawan was born on this day in 1927.  He is often credited with introducing the song “We Shall Overcome” to civil rights protesters.