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The places and people of the Civil War in East Tennessee and beyond is the topic of the fourth annual McClung Museum Civil War Lecture series.

The series kicks off on January 26 with “Soldiers’ Stories: Stationed in Knoxville, 1861–1865,” which will examine original letters and sources that speak to the experiences of young men far from home in a time of war. McClung Museum Civil War Curator Joan Markel will deliver the lecture.

Each monthly presentation takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays in the McClung Museum auditorium.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming lectures in the series include:

  • “George Barnard: Civil War Photographer” on February 23 by Markel
  • “East Tennessee Civil War Era Attitudes toward Slavery” on March 30 by Markel
  • “Grand Divisions: Tennessee’s Civil War in the First Year” on April 27 by Aaron Astor of the Maryville College history department

The museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Weekend parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on Circle Park Drive. Additional parking information is available online.

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,