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Knoxville journalist and historian Jack Neely will give the talk “Subterranean Knoxville: The Buried Narrative of a Distracted City” at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The lecture, which is part of programming related to current special exhibition Knoxville Unearthed: Archaeology in the Heart of the Valley, is free and open to the public.

In living memory, Knoxville has found itself at the center of several large regional and superregional projects, from the Tennessee Valley Authority to the University of Tennessee to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. All along, however, it has survived as a unique American city, a former 18th-century capital continuing to evolve in its own sometimes erratic and contrary ways. This lecture will hit some high points, with tales of the city and the diverse array of people who have lived there.

Neely, author of several books about Knoxville history and director of the Knoxville History Project, also writes regularly for the Knoxville Mercury.

The Knoxville Unearthed exhibition explores the city’s heritage as seen through archaeological discoveries in honor of Knoxville’s 225th birthday, and runs through January 8, 2017.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on weekdays by request. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends.

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


Cat Shteynberg (, 865-974-6921)

Stacy Palado (, 865-974-2143)