Knoxville News Sentinel: History Fair celebrates East Tennessee’s past
By Amy McRary
The East Tennessee History Fair, held this year on Aug. 17, is about making regional history come alive. The event in its sixth year includes a living history timeline, tours of historic sites, re-enactors and heritage crafts. But this year the East Tennessee Historical Society also celebrates some of its own past.
This year’s 10 a.m.-5 p.m. event marks the 20th anniversary of the Museum of East Tennessee History located on the first floor of the East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St. It also commemorates the fifth year of the museum’s state-of-the-art “Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee” exhibit. To mark that anniversary, the history fair will emphasizes the stories around some of the exhibit’s artifacts. Descendants of families whose stories are told by items in the exhibit will share stories of those objects and their ancestors. Museum admission is free for the day.
Hearing those stories is coming face-to-face with history, said ETHS Executive Director Cherel Henderson. “People always love it when they can meet descendants who can share their stories,” she said. “It’s real history when they can do that.”