Well cared for and gleaming uniform white stones, Knoxville’s National Cemetery still doesn’t look ancient, but in fact it’s one of the city’s best-preserved relics of the Civil War. It’s establishment was a priority of General Burnside when his army occupied Knoxville in 1863, and some graves are exactly where they were during the Confederate siege. Buried here are both black and white Union soldiers, along with more than 1,000 “Unknowns”, as well as US veterans from most wars since.
Brown bag lectures are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of history. Soft drinks and water will be available for purchase.
“The Surprising Origins of Knoxville-area Football”
Believe it or not, the South was slow to develop an interest in the East-Coast Yankee sport of football. How it captured our imaginations has a lot to do with a startling Japanese student and a blue-blood Knoxvillian who became a national athletic hero in the Ivy Leagues. We’ll tell these little-known tales from the murky prehistory of a regional obsession.
As always, Maple Hall will be offering a menu of delicious food, craft beers, and custom cocktails for the occasion. Admission is free. Please note event is 21+.
Join us for Cocktails & Conversation and a panel discussion on the life of Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) at the Knoxville Muesum of Art.
“Remembering Joe Delaney” will be moderated by Jack Neely and panel will include Renee Kessler, Beck Center; Alan Jones, McGee Tyson Airport Authority; Sam Yates, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee; and Fred Moffat, professor emeritus of art history, University of Tennessee.
FREE and open to the public. Cash bar.