Unrestricted contributions help support the daily operations of ETHS which include:

East Tennessee is a land of mountains and valleys, towns and farms, and a way of life made special by a lingering sense of history and heritage. For almost two centuries, the East Tennessee Historical Society has worked to preserve this history and to share it with resident and visitors, and pass it forward as a gift to the future.

An annual leadership giving program, The 1834 Society recognizes multi-year commitments to help support and grow the East Tennessee Historical Society and Museum as an educational institution and premier destination attraction for the region’s residents and visitors. The 1834 Society membership recognizes gifts with a minimum cumulative total of $25,000.


Legacy businesses are long-standing community cornerstones that provide important services, host gathering spaces, foster connection, create memories, and nourish our sense of community. Through their tenure, these beloved businesses have helped shape East Tennessee’s unique and cherished identity. Membership in this Partnership offers the opportunity to memorialize and celebrate that rich corporate history.


To join the ETHS's Legacy Business Partnership, businesses must:

Corporate and Foundation Partners provide annual operating support for educational programs to reach children, teachers, adults, other historical and genealogical societies, museums, and historic sites. These include exhibitions, lecture series, East Tennessee National History Day competition, teacher professional development, and regional outreach to a wide variety of groups.

Honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to ETHS. The recognition is a meaningful way to memorialize a loss, express gratitude for a thoughtful deed, and to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and accomplishments. Acknowledgement will be sent to the honoree/family and to the donor.

Join the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Jim Gray Irrevocable Trust in preserving the work of one of East Tennessee's most noted painters and establishing the legacy collection, Smokies Splendor: A Permanent Collection of Works by Jim Gray.

Pillars of Support is a permanent tribute in recognition of individuals, families, businesses, and institutions that have contributed to the growth and betterment of the region, with the added benefit of helping to ensure that the region's history is preserved for future generations.

Preserve Your Story and the Things You Value Most in Life - As we begin reflecting on our lives, our thoughts turn to the things that are important to us - family, friends, interests, causes. For many, history and education are priorities we would like to pass to the next and then to future generations. By making important estate planning documents, such as a will, you can define these wishes and also include gifts to support your favorite charitable causes. 

Artifacts transcend time to communicate the stories of the past to us today and to continuing generations. These “messengers from the past” place us in the presence of history.