From STAFF REPORTS

KNOXVILLE –The East Tennessee Historical Society is inviting all veterans, active duty military, and their families to visit the Museum of East Tennessee History as special guests on Monday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., prior to and following the downtown Knoxville Veterans Day Parade.

“Tennesseans have a proud tradition of stepping to the fore in defense of our nation and earning the state the nickname, the ‘Volunteer State,’” said ETHS Director Cherel Henderson. “We are pleased to honor the contributions of our military, past and present, by inviting them to visit the museum as our special guests on this day.”

The signature exhibition Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee explores three centuries of life in our region. Visitors will find stories and artifacts from the French and Indian War to the War of 1812, and the Civil War to World War I and World War II. Also, guests will find “Betsy,” the first rifle of David Crockett, key participant at the Alamo. Additional exhibitions include the feature exhibition “It’ll Tickle Yore Innards!”: A (Hillbilly) History of Mountain Dew, where guests can explore the drink’s storied history that began here in the hills of Appalachia, and the East Tennessee Streetscape and Corner Drug Store. The Museum of East Tennessee History is located at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street, Knoxville. For more information on programs, exhibitions, or museum hours, call(865) 215-8824 or visit the website at www.EastTNHistory.org.