Knoxville’s Christmas History in Print, Photo, and Film
The Knoxville History Project and Knox County Public Library’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) are teaming up for a look back at how Knoxville and its residents have celebrated the Christmas holiday through the years.
Join Jack Neely, Knoxville History Project’s Executive Director, as he recounts Dickens-inspired local stories from the 1800’s, Christmas Eve shenanigans from the 1920’s and 1930’s, the raising of the city’s first municipal Christmas tree, and the long-running Christmas Parade.
TAMIS will show vintage photos and video footage to enrich these festive stories. You’ll see vintage black-and-white home movies and rare color footage of the Christmas Parade in the early 1950’s.
Jack Neely will also read from his new book, “A Knoxville Christmas,” which collects two centuries of Knoxville’s rich – and often surprising – holiday stories. Mr. Neely will be available afterwards to sign copies.