Preservation Symposium



The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s annual preservation symposium brings nationally known speakers to discuss the values and future of historic preservation. Our 4th annual preservation symposium, Revitalizing Preservation: See History, See Potential, will bring together preservation organizations, community leaders, residents, museum professionals, educators, students, architects and developers to explore revitalizing preservation. Attendees will discover how we see and influence history while learning to recognize our full potential to revitalize preservation through education, advocacy and engaging storytelling.

This one-day symposium will feature notable speakers, and an interactive “Ask the Experts” panel discussion/workshop where attendees are encouraged to bring questions about their own preservation projects or projects within the community that they’d like to support. The panel will field questions, look at images, even look at smaller scale furniture and collections to provide thoughts, best practices and guidance on how to best care for these sites and pieces. All attendees will receive a light breakfast and catered boxed lunches.

Sponsored by The Harpeth Hotel.


Limited spaces are available. Click to secure your General Admission tickets today!


Members of the Heritage Foundation, Franklin Theatre, or Downtown Franklin Association get your tickets here.


Educators and students get your tickets here.

Featured Speakers

Danielle Del Sol - Executive Director Preservation Center of New Orleans

Del Sol is the executive director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. She was named executive director in February 2018 after the PRC’s board undertook an extensive national search; she is only the fourth director in the organization’s 44-year history. She served for seven years before that as editor of Preservation in Print, the monthly magazine of the PRC, taking the publication’s design and content to new levels of sophistication, winning several prestigious awards along the way. She also simultaneously served as the PRC’s communications director.

She is an adjunct lecturer in the Master of Preservation Studies program at Tulane University, of which she is also an alumna. Del Sol serves on the City of New Orleans’ Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission, among other volunteer roles. She was a Diversity Scholar with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2012. She is a native of Miami, Florida and has degrees from Tulane University and Hendrix College. She lives in Uptown New Orleans with her husband and two daughters in a c. 1905 camelback shotgun that the couple restored in 2015.

Brent Leggs - Executive Director African American Cultural Heritage Fund

Leggs is the executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. Envisioned as a social movement for justice, equity, and reconciliation, the Action Fund is promoting the role of cultural preservation in telling the nation’s full history, while also empowering activists, entrepreneurs, artists, and civic leaders to advocate on behalf of African American historic places.

A Harvard University Loeb Fellow and author of Preserving African American Historic Places, which is considered the “seminal publication on preserving African American historic sites” by the Smithsonian Institution, Leggs is a national leader in the U.S. preservation movement and the 2018 recipient of the Robert G. Stanton National Preservation Award. His passion for elevating the significance of black culture in American history is visible through his work, which elevates the remarkable stories and places that evoke centuries of black activism, achievement, and community.

Over the past decade, he has developed the Northeast African American Historic Places Outreach Program, and its theme, the Business of Preservation, to build a regional movement of preservation leaders saving important landmarks in African American history. As the project manager for several National Treasure campaigns across the country, he led efforts to create the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument in Alabama, which President Barack Obama designated in January 2017. Other campaign successes include the perpetual protection of cultural monuments like Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam C. J. Walker in Irvington, New York; Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, New Jersey; A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham; Nina Simone’s Birthplace in Tryon, North Carolina; John and Alice Coltrane’s home in Huntington, New York; and more.

Leggs has taught at Harvard University, Boston Architectural College, and the University of Maryland. He is a Senior Advisor and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Preservation of Civil Rights Sites (CPCRS) and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s graduate program in Historic Preservation.

Event Schedule

8:30 AM

Registration, Light Breakfast & Coffee

9:00 – 9:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bari Beasley, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

9:30 – 10:15 AM

Building An Inclusive National Identity

Brent Leggs, African American Heritage Cultural Fund

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Panel Discussion/Workshop: Learning from Local Preservationists

Rachael Finch & Blake Wintory, PhD., Heritage Foundation; Grace Abernethy, Rick Warwick, Williamson County Historian

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM


12:15 – 1:00 PM

Reviving Relevance: Improving Historic Preservation's Impact On Our Communities

Danielle Del Sol, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans

1:00 – 1:15 PM


1:15 – 1:45 PM

Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards

Rachael Finch & Blake Wintory, PhD., Heritage Foundation

1:45 – 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

David Garrett, Heritage Foundation


What is the date and time of the summer educator institute?

Saturday, June 12, 2021. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Sessions will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will go throughout the day until 4:15.

Who can attend the summer educator institute?

This event is primarily intended for social studies educators, but we also invite the following professionals to attend:

Active Middle School and High School Social Studies educators and administrators.

Full-time Historic Sites and Museum Education professionals.


Will there be social distancing and mask requirements?

Yes, social distancing will be in place to ensure ongoing guidelines are followed and masks are encouraged.

Do I need to register for the event?

Yes, you must register to attend the Summer Educator Institute.

When does pre-registration open for the event?

Registration is open. If there is room, we will accept onsite registrations on Saturday, June 12th.

What is the cost of registration?

It is free for all middle and high school educators and $35.00 for all museum educators and librarians.

How do I attend?

If you are an social studies educator, register online at 

If you are a museum educator or librarian, register online at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

Is there free parking in Downtown Franklin?

Yes, there is free parking in downtown Franklin. We have two free parking garages located on 2nd Ave. South and 4th Ave. South. All day free parking is also available on the side streets in the historic neighborhoods, just a short walk to the Theatre. There is inexpensive paid parking lots off of Main Street at 4th and Main and 5th and Main.

Will food and drinks be provided?

All breakfast items and snacks as well as coffee, teas, and waters will be provided by the Heritage Foundation. Lunch will be on your own in downtown Franklin. We will provide maps of downtown Franklin for all attendees.

Are you recording the sessions?

At this time, we do not plan to record the entire Summer Educator Institute.

Can I receive a professional development certificate for attending the summer educator institute?

Yes, please contact our office directly for your Professional Development Certificate at

Is there a minimum number of sessions I must attend to receive a professional development certificate?

Yes. Any participant requesting a Professional Development credit or certificate must attend the entire Summer Educator Institute to qualify for the certificate. However, attending the walking tours is not required to receive your certificate.

How long do I have to wait to receive my 2021 professional development certificate?

Professional development certificates will be sent to the email address that you provided by mid-September of 2021.

Do I have to pay for my own professional development certificate?

No, the cost of the certificate will be covered by the Heritage Foundation.

How do I know if my school district will accept the professional development certificate?

It is your responsibility to confirm with your school district they received your Professional Development Certificate. The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County only facilitates the issuance of the professional development certificate. The application of the certificate is up to each individual, school, and school district.

Are these full college credit hours for attend the summer educator institute?

No. The Summer Educator Institute does not apply towards any continuing education, including undergraduate or graduate hours, and cannot be applied towards a college degree program.

How long do I have to request my 2021 professional development certificates?

You have until August 15, 2021, to request your Professional Development certificate. We will not process any requests for the 2021 Summer Educator Institute after August 15, 2021.