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Preservation Symposium

6th Annual Preservation Symposium & Preservation Awards: Preservation On the Frontlines


The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s annual preservation symposium brings nationally known speakers to discuss the values and future of historic preservation. Our 6th annual preservation symposium is titled "Preservation on The Frontlines." We often think of being on the frontlines in terms of conflict. Preservationists understand this but do not enjoy being adversarial. While we’re ready to act in the face of a challenge, we’d rather be proactively preserving important properties, networking, and building knowledge and skills, advocating for the best practices in our community, and engaging new partners who recognize, as we do, that preservation is a common good with big local and state benefits. This symposium will bring together preservation organizations, community leaders, residents, museum professionals, educators, students, architects, and developers to discover how our collective on the frontlines can lead to positive outcomes in preservation through education, advocacy, and engaging storytelling.

This one-day symposium will feature notable speakers, and a local panel discussing preserving historic homes and cemeteries and addressing advocacy areas in Williamson County along with the Heritage Foundation’s annual preservation awards. All attendees will receive a light breakfast and catered boxed lunches.

This year will be a wonderful networking opportunity for the community and preservation leaders in Williamson County, Middle Tennessee and across the state as we continue our work of preservation on the frontlines in our communities

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Featured Speakers

Prior to assuming this role, Katherine served as the senior vice president for historic sites at the National Trust, leading its portfolio of 28 historic sites around the country to provide expansive and sustainable public benefit as they model exemplary preservation, collections management, and interpretation. Katherine’s tenure included the creation of a dedicated fund to support historic gardens and landscapes at National Trust Historic Sites and the successful completion of a $21 million campaign to address critical capital projects across the portfolio of sites. Her leadership has also resulted in a diverse range of collaborations with contemporary artists creating new works inspired by National Trust sites and a revision of the National Trust’s collections management policy that has been hailed as a national model for its inclusion of historic structures and landscapes. Katherine is a graduate of Wofford College with a B.A. in History and holds a Masters in Historic Preservation from the College of Environment & Design at the University of Georgia.

"Stewards of History"

Christine Anglin is an organizer, strategist, and storyteller. A graduate of the Howard University School of Business, she began her career in the financial sector. Here, she developed a passion for people. She constructed a curriculum and taught financial literacy seminars to high school students and young adults. Her titles include Credit Champion, Top Banker, and Member of the President’s Council. Christine is also a gifted writer, performer, and producer who develops in-depth and insightful creative projects. In 2020, she launched a digital storytelling program at Arizona State University that still runs to this day. She is the creative force behind Come Tell A Story, a quarterly storytelling platform that amplifies singles’ stories. She serves as the co-chair of programs for the Memphis Howard University Alumni Association and a Group Leader with Bible Study Fellowship. She is driven by her heart for community and connection. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Director of Historic Clayborn Temple. Christine loves baking, running, traveling, and quality time with family and friends.

Rod Heller - Chairman and CEO of Carnton Capital Associates

 Chairman & CEO of Carnton Capital Associates, an investment firm in Franklin, Tennessee, and of Harpeth Associates, a Tennessee LLC developing a $105 million mixed-use project in downtown Franklin. He was a partner in the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, D.C. from 1971-1982 and then served as Chairman and CEO of three successful corporate turnarounds, including NHP, Inc., the nation’s then largest owner and manager of residential apartments. Mr. Heller was the founding Chairman of the Civil War Trust, and Vice Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He also served as Chairman of WETA, Washington’s public radio and television station and Chairman of NCRC, the capitol’s then economic development corporation. Mr. Heller also was a director of numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. 

Derrick Solomon - Executive Director of the Hard Bargain Association

Michelle Jenkins - Museum Director and President of the Nolensville Historical Society

Michelle has lived in the Nolensville community since 2005 and has been a member of the Nolensville Historical Society since 2006. Within the Nolensville Historical Society, Michelle has held multiple positions including Vice President and Treasurer, most recently, becoming its current President. Michelle is the Society's Museum Director, and oversees the collections, interpretation, and community outreach since January 2017. As an advocate for the Nolensville community and the ongoing preservation of history and natural resources, Michelle is also a genealogist by hobby as well as a lover of cemeteries. Her professional work includes being a part of the floral industry for over 30 years both in Columbia and Nashville, and has worked at The Ameriprise Company, a family business, for over 27 years now.

The Nolensville Historical Society members keep her motivated to advocate for Nolensville and Williamson County. Michelle also actively serves with the Preservation Advocacy Committee for the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. Michelle was born and raised in Maury County and is married to Matt Jenkins, with whom she shares three grown children with the youngest being a Senior at TN Tech College. They are also grandparents to a precious one year old granddaughter.


Event Schedule

8:30 AM

Registration, light breakfast, and coffee

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks & Welcome

Bari Beasley, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

9:15 AM

Presentation 1

Katherine Malone-France - Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation

10:00 AM


10:15 AM

Local preservation panel

A Conversation on Community Advocacy, Philanthropist and Preservationist Rod Heller, Executive Director of the Hard Bargain Association Derrick Solomon, and Museum Director and President of the Nolensville Historical Society Michelle Jenkins. Moderated by Heritage Foundation of Williamson County board member William Scales.

11:00 AM

Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards

11:30 AM


12:00 PM

Presentation 2 - "Stewards of History"

Christine Anglin - Deputy Director, Clayborn Temple, Memphis, Tennessee

12:45 PM

Q & A

1:00 PM

Closing Remarks