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The places and people of Civil War Knoxville will be the subject of a new lecture series that kicks off Sunday, January 27, at the Frank H. McClung Museum.

The third annual Civil War Lecture Series will explore topics from Civil War maps of East Tennessee to the first heavy artillery US Colored Troops.

The monthly event will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the museum’s auditorium. Joan Markel, McClung’s Civil War curator, will lead the talks.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Topics include:

  • Could it be a National Treasure? Seeking the Story of a Sword (January 27)
  • Armchair Walking Tours of Civil War Knoxville (March 3)
  • Civil War Maps of East Tennessee: An Update (March 24)
  • The First Heavy Artillery U.S. Colored Troops (April 21)

The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. On weekends, parking is available on Circle Park and in adjacent lots.

The museum’s exhibits include archaeology, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, the Battle of Fort Sanders, geology, and fossils. Admission is free.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Joan Markel (865-974-2144,

Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,