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The history, agriculture, and legacy surrounding Appalachia will be the subject of a conference co-hosted by UT May 22-24.

The Society of Appalachian Historians will hold its seventh annual gathering at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street. All sessions are open to the public. Cost is $10 for students and $40 for scholars and community members. Visit the website for a schedule of programs and more information.

The three-day conference brings together scholars of Appalachian history who will share their latest research about the region’s history. Topics include backcountry veterans and the legacy of the American Revolution, sexuality and gender in Appalachia pre- and post-Civil War’ agricultural transition in the region, and discipline and punishment in coal mining and religious circles.

The conference also will include a walking tour of downtown Knoxville with historian Jack Neely and a peek into the East Tennessee History Center’s archives.

“The conference gives history buffs and a curious public an opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of Appalachia through the latest research of some of the best scholars in the field,” said Bob Hutton, senior lecturer of history and American studies and one of the conference’s organizers.

The meeting of the Society of Appalachian Historians is made possible by support from UT’s Department of History, Office of Research and Engagement, and College of Arts and Sciences; the University of Tennessee Press; and the East Tennessee History Center.

The Society of Appalachian Historians aims to provide a forum for the distribution and discussion of innovative historical scholarship various aspects of Appalachia. Learn more about the organization online.



Bob Hutton (865-974-5553, thutton2@utk.edu)

Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)