East TN History Fair is August 20

The East Tennessee Historical Society is hosting the annual history fair on Saturday, August 20, 2016, in downtown Knoxville. This event is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the region’s history with tours of the city’s historical sites, book signings and artist demonstrations, history-related vendors booths, music performances, film presentations, and more.

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Civil war re-enactors are set to gather at the East Tennessee History Fair in downtown Knoxville on August 20, 2016, giving attendees a chance to learn about local, regional, and national historical events related to Tennessee. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.

Attendees to this year’s history fair may walk the East Tennessee Timeline, replete with re-enactors interpreting time periods from early settlement to the Vietnam War; participate in hands-on activities that keep cherished crafts alive; board a bus and tour Knoxville’s historic homes.

The Museum of East Tennessee History on Gay Street will offer free admission to the facility’s current exhibits: Signature Exhibit – Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, and Feature Exhibit – Come to Make Records: Knoxville’s Contributions to American Popular Music.

New this year will be twenty of East Tennessee’s best antiques dealers set up on Market Street behind the History Center with a sampling of quality items. Participating Dealers include Malcolm Rogers, Barbara Elder McDonald, Natural Connections Antiques, Clay Good, Tony Lewis, J. R. Cartwright Antiques, The Lion & The Lamb, Russell Kear, Pat Cardwell and Monty Young.

Some artists scheduled to demonstrate their work include:

Jacki & Janis Proffitt – Woodworking
Gerry Valosik – Dry Needle Felting
Dale Liles & Jenny Bennett – Spinning & Fiber
Fox Hollow Creations – Chair Caning & Basket Weaving
Karen’s Country Critters – Primitive Items Made from Quilts
Serendipity Artist Gallery – Painting, Beaded Jewelry, Scarves
Peter Rose – Raku Pottery
Emma Martin – Leather Bound Journals
Wild Child Clay Works – Clay & Fiber /Natural Dying
Lillian Pearl Designs – Handmade Items & Jewelry
Mark & Nancy Shedden – Spinning & Powder Horns

Other highlights include:

–WDVX and Clayton Country Music Stage featuring Russ and Becky Jeffers, Sarah Morgan, Grassroots Gringos, David West and the Cider Mountain Boys.

–Abraham Lincoln and wife Mary Todd, Mary Anna Custis Lee and Robert E. Lee, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and other historical characters will roam the crowd

–More than fifty historical and genealogical societies representing county, regional, and state organizations from across the region.

For a full list of the event’s activities, visit http://www.easttnhistory.org/

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Book vendors and other merchants sell items relating to local, state, and national history at the East Tennessee History Fair. File photo by Celebrate Knoxville.