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1982 World's Fair

Bijou Theatre - The Bijou Theatre is a theater located in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Built in 1909 as an addition to the Lamar House Hotel, the theater has, at various times in its history, served as a venue for live performances of both traditional theatre and vaudeville, a second-run moviehouse, a commencement stage for the city's African-American high school, and a pornographical show place.

Bookwater United Methodist Church History - Rev. Bookwalter, assisted by Rev. Scott Moore (a Baptist minister) held a revival in a school house. Bookwalter United Brethren in Christ Church, organized sometime in 1882, grew out of this revival.

Church Street's Heritage & History - Church Street United Methodist Church history. Chronology and bibliography prepared by Allison R. Ensor (April 1997), in consultation with the History and Records Committee of CSUMC.

Farmers Market - Better known as the Western Avenue Farmers Market, visiting the farmers market was Knoxville's most popular event on Saturday mornings. Farmers throughout East Tennessee brought their produce to sell. It was displayed in an appealing way on wooden structures. There was row after row of produce and many different farmers. One could drive their vehicle into the pavilion and stop at any of the stands they chose, park, and visit several stands before getting back into their vehicle and driving home with their precious goods.

First Baptist Church History - When young James C. Moses came to Knoxville in 1838 to work as a printer for the semi-weekly newspaper, THE TIMES, he attended First Presbyterian Church, and for a while directed the choir.  When his brother, John, joined him in Knoxville, the young men began to wish for a Baptist church.  Neither James nor John had been baptized, but they came from a solid Baptist background in Exeter, New Hampshire.

First Lutheran Church History - First German Evangelical Lutheran Church, U. A. C., of Knoxville, Tennesee, was organized on October 12, 1869.

First United Methodist Church History - One year after the close of the Civil War, the Rev. J.B. Ford and thirty others organized the First Methodist Episcopal Church. They held their first service on July 8, 1866 in the Circuit Courtroom of the old Knoxville Courthouse. It was the first Methodist Episcopal Church to be organized south of the Mason-Dixon line after the Civil War.

Historic Tennessee Theatre - established in 1928, the Tennessee Theatre is the official state theatre of Tennessee.

History of First Baptist Church - James C. Moses came to Knoxville in 1838 from Exeter, New Hampshire to work as a printer for The Times newspaper. When his brother, John L. joined him in Knoxville, they began to wish for a Baptist church. Through their friends in New Hampshire the two men approached the American Baptist Home Mission Society, and a missionary, Rev. A.J. Ballard, was sent to Knoxville.

History of First Presbyterian Church - Knoxville's First Presbyterian Church, the city's first church, was organized in 1792 and is still located on its original site. James White, Knoxville's founder and a devout Presbyterian, came from North Carolina to the Fork of the River, where the Holston and French Broad Rivers meet to form the Tennessee River. He later moved downriver and settled near First Creek. He built a fort and a mill and planted his garden -- for turnips in the fall and corn in the spring. When he asked his son-in-law, Charles McClung, to lay out a town, part of White's instructions were "to reserve my turnip patch for a church and a burying ground."

Immaculate Conception History - A small number of Irish Catholics were residing in the area when the city of Knoxville was established in 1794. By 1810 there was talk of establishing a Catholic parish and building a church on the banks of the Holston River.

Investigation Based Ghost Tours of Knoxville - One of Knoxville’s Oldest Tales is of a mysterious cursed light on Gay Street Bridge. For centuries there have been rumors circulating Knoxville about this light. There are many more haunts on the tours.

Lincoln Park Baptist Church History - On February 14, 1909 a group of people met in the Odd Fellows Hall and established Lincoln Park Baptist Church.

Museum of East Tennessee History - Open 7 days a week, the Museum of East Tennessee History showcases the history of the region's 35 counties through the award-winning exhibition, Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee, the East Tennessee Streetscape, and regularly changing feature exhibitions.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville - This diocese covers most of East Tennessee; in addition to the see city of Knoxville, it includes Chattanooga and Johnson City. The Mother Church is the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, located on Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The two oldest churches are Saints Peter and Paul Parish of Chattanooga and Immaculate Conception Parish of Knoxville, both founded in 1852.

Saint Anthony Catholic Church - In 1875 Knoxville had its first church, St. Michael's, located on West Marion & Fremont Street. St. Michael's was a mission of What Cheer.

Sharon Baptist Church History - In March of 1871, 46 people met to organize Sharon Baptist Church. Their first meeting place was a school house at the corner of Bishop and Emory roads in the Knoxville, TN area.

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