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Community Programs

Warwick Lecture Series

Named for Williamson County Historian Rick Warwick, the Warwick Lecture Series,  highlights Middle Tennessee history, architecture, preservation and authors. These programs are free and open to the public and are typically held at the LeHew Magid Big House for Historic Preservation. Click on the individual event below to reserve your free ticket.

2020 Dates & Speakers:

February 11

Archaeological Survey of Tennessee’s Rosenwald Schools · Benjamin Nance (Historical Archaeologist, Tennessee Division of Archaeology)

July 7

The Photographs of Lemuel Parker of the Bingham Community · Rick Warwick (Williamson County Historian) (Free tickets available soon)

September 15

Mid-Century Architecture in Middle Tennessee:  What Is It & Why Is It Historically Significant · Christopher Kinder  · (Historic Preservation Specialist, Tennessee Historical Commission) (Free tickets available soon)

November (TBD)

Civil War Topic and Book Signing (TBD) · Dr. Thomas Flagel · (Columbia State Community College) (Free tickets available soon)


JUNE 26, 2020

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s Annual Preservation Symposium brings nationally known speakers to talk about the value of historic preservation  Now in its 3rd year, the event brings together preservation professionals, community supporters and non-profits, local government officials, architects, and developers to discuss why preservation matters and the biggest preservation concerns for our Tennessee communities. (Tickets available soon)

Keynote Speaker:
Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tom Mayes is the 2013 recipient of the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation by the National Endowment for the Arts and author of Why Old Places Matter (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). During a six-month residency at the American Academy in Rome, Mayes reflected and wrote about the role old places play in our lives. His book and talk articulate why old places are meaningful to people and their communities. He reminds us of all the ways we love old places and why they matter.


As a family, you can enjoy self-guided tours of some of downtown Franklin’s historic sites, visit our headquarters – the Old, Old Jail, or even enjoy a 360-degree virtual tour of one of historic properties!