Please join Jack Neely and the Knoxville History Project for another talk and discussion concerning the history of Bearden.
Thanks to the overwhelming demand for the first talk back in September we have found a larger space with ample parking at Erin Presbyterian Church at 200 Lockett Road in the heart of Bearden. The talk will take place in the Church Sanctuary.
No registration is required but please arrive early to ensure your seat.
This program is FREE but donations are sincerely appreciated. KHP books will be also available for purchase including a new title just in time for the Holidays: A Knoxville Christmas.
Please contact KHP at 865-337-7723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Special thanks to Rev. John Stuart and Pat Wallin of Erin Presbyterian Church!
The Knoxville History Project and Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound are teaming up together for an incredible afternoon taking a look back at how Knoxville and its residents have celebrated the Christmas holiday.
WHEN: Sunday, December 10 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
WHERE: East Tennessee Historical Society, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 37901
HOW MUCH: Free. Donations welcome!
At this special event, renowned historian Jack Neely will recount some fascinating Knoxville Christmas stories from its earliest beginnings inspired by Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol, through surprising Christmas Eve shenanigans in the early 20th Century, the city’s first municipal Christmas tree, and of course our Christmas Parade traditions.
Everyone loves a Christmas Parade and Knoxville has been hosting them since 1928 when Santa Claus, drawn by his trusty team of reindeer and accompanied by 31 themed floats, rode for the first time along Gay Street festively lined with 3,500 Christmas trees and thousands of yards of bunting.
Enriching these stories will be vintage images of Knoxville Christmas’s plus some remarkable vintage footage screened by TAMIS film archivist, Eric Dawson, including parade film shot during the early 1950s of Knoxville’s first “Community” themed Christmas Parade with decorated floats based on the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” as well as crowd favorites from nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
A new history book is also out in time for the Holidays! A Knoxville Christmas is a collection of remarkable stories documenting Knoxville’s celebration of the Christmas season since the 1800s. From Dickens to dolls, parades and pageants, from glittering lights and dragoon balloons, to the first municipal Christmas tree. Knoxville’s rich and often surprising Christmas history is here. Written and produced by Jack Neely and the Knoxville History Project, A Knoxville Christmas (only $10.95) is the perfect gift for someone who already has everything…or a delightful stocking-stuffer!!