History center offers Open House

Knoxville’s Museum of East Tennessee will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 13, 2014. The event will feature craft demonstrations and the sale of handmade items, free ornament and craft making for the kids, and holiday refreshments.

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Entertainment will be provided by the Kids in America Show Choir from Holston Middle School and Appalachian folklore and mountain ballads will be performed by professional storyteller Elizabeth Rose.

Visitors are invited to browse the ETHS Museum Store for traditional gifts, history books, and children’s items.

Museum admission is free for the day. Exhibits currently on view include the feature exhibition Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones, an East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store, and Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, a look at 300 years of history, from the Cherokee to the 1982 World’s Fair.

Also on display for the holiday season is a crèche made in Germany and brought to East Tennessee in 1883. The beautifully carved nativity set and carousel belonged to the Fickey family of Wartburg. Family legend indicates that it had origins in the Fickeys’ home district of Erzgebirge some 150 years before being brought to this country.

All events are free and open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Museum of East Tennessee is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. For more information, call 865-215-8824.