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Six Degrees of Harry Ijams: Knoxville Artist of Imagination and Wit

414 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
414 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902


  • Date(s): July 19, 2018 to July 19, 2018
  • Event Times: From: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
  • Price: Free program but donations to support KHP’s work are most appreciated
  • Location: Maple Hall Bowling Ally (Upstairs Lounge)

Harry Ijams (1876-1954) was a talented commercial artist, who during his career captured many aspects of Knoxville life. Although known for the popular and expansive nature center in South Knoxville that bears his family name, he was also a regional naturalist, conservationist, and an advocate for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the 1920s and ‘30s. Ijams’ connections and legacy within Knoxville and the region are remarkable and in many ways still relatively unknown or uncredited.

Through recently-discovered examples of Ijams’ inimitable artwork plus vintage photographs and archival newspaper columns, Paul James of the Knoxville History Project will present a new look at Ijams’ myriad Knoxville connections.

James produced a visual history book on the history of the Ijams family and the development of Ijams Nature Center in 2010. The same year he helped produced an Emmy- nominated documentary on Ijams with WBIR’s Heartland Series. He also served as Executive Director of Ijams Nature Center from 2004-2012 and joined Jack Neely at the Knoxville History Project in 2017.

This is a free program held at the Upstairs cocktail Lounge at Maple Hall Bowling Alley on Gay Street. Donations welcome.

Age 21+ as per Maple Hall policy.


Six Degrees of Harry Ijams: Knoxville Artist of Imagination and Wit
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  • Maple Hall Bowling Ally (Upstairs Lounge)
  • Free program but donations to support KHP’s work are most appreciated