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Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) is holding its Statewide Preservation Conference and Main Street Summit in Murfreesboro, April 16-17. 

The theme for the conference is “Preserving Our Shared Cultural Heritage,” highlighted by a keynote address from Tanya Bowers, Director of Diversity for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington D.C.  U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp will deliver a leadership address featuring his recent efforts to expand the National Trail of Tears, establish the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District, and designate Green McAdoo School, site of the school desegregation crisis in Clinton, as a national historic site.

“Integrating the stories and traditions of all Tennesseans into the history and preservation of the state is a constant objective of the Center and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area,” said Dr. Van West, Director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation.  “We look forward to hearing from Tanya Bowers and Congressman Wamp as they address issues of diversity as it relates to historic preservation.”

The conference is being held on the historic Murfreesboro Square with conference sessions taking place in the Rutherford County Courthouse and in the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.  Many local sites will be featured in tours, including the Rutherford County Courthouse, the public square, the Childress House, Cemetery School, and Bradley Academy.  Notes Dan Brown, Director of the Tennessee Preservation Trust, “Murfreesboro’s abundance of historic resources and its strong local commitment to heritage development makes it a natural site for the statewide preservation conference.”

Friday’s night gala and silent auction, known as the “Rafter Raiser,” will be held at Oaklands Historic House Museum.  Full conference registration for TPT members is $110; non-members $110.  Single-day registration for Thursday is $35 and for Friday is $100.  Rafter Raiser tickets are $45.  On-site registration is available at the Heritage Center, 225 West College Street, beginning on Thursday at noon.

Since 2000, the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Statewide Preservation Conference has brought together heritage supporters from across the state for educational sessions, tours, and networking opportunities.  This year’s conference is hosted by the Tennessee Preservation Trust in conjunction with the Tennessee Main Street Program and the Tennessee Cultural Heritage Preservation Society.  The Tennessee Historical Commission, Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation, and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area are providing generous sponsorship and organizational support.

For more information on the Tennessee Preservation Trust’s Statewide Preservation Conference, visit www.tennesseepreservationtrust.org or call 615-963-1255.

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