As Knox County’s teachers struggle with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lisa Oakley with East Tennessee Historical Society shared with Rotary Club of Farragut members, during their virtual meeting Wednesday, Oct. 14, resources that can help teachers and students.
Oakley, ETHS’s curator of education, told RCF members about a Facebook educational initiative and other programs available.
ETHC is part of the Knox County Libraries System, housing the Knox County Archives and Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. Its East Tennessee Museum of History re-opened Aug. 1 while the library opened the middle of July, she said.
With COVID restrictions, Oakley said the center has about 75 percent fewer visitors than before COVID.
“We are limited to doing things virtually, which has been a challenge, but we’ve been trying to address that challenge and meet that challenge as much as we can,” Oakley said. “Even if you can’t get to the museum, you can enjoy some of our programming online, but I hope you will visit.”
The Facebook page offers insights into ETHC’s current features, such as its Voices of the Land signature exhibit, “Black and White Knoxville in the Jim Crow Era” and Streetscape exhibit on Marching to Victory — East Tennessee’s Role in Votes for Women” 100 years ago.
“We are getting some teachers who are using the (Facebook) page, but we’d like to see a lot more of them take advantage of this to help them develop their virtual lessons,” she said, adding families helping their children at home or home schooling also can use this page.
“Many teachers are working hard and don’t have to look for and develop content,” she said. “We have it.”
ETHC is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information about ETHS’s resources, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ETHSeducation/
Along with its Facebook page, ETHC also has its own YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/EastTNHistory
To learn more about ETHC programs, call Oakley at 865-215-8828 or e-mail her at Oakley@EastTNHistory.org