The fifth annual Preservation Symposium & Preservation Awards are being held on Saturday May 7, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Williamson County Enrichment Center as part of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s commemoration of National Preservation Month.
This year’s theme, “Perspectives in Preservation,” features nationally known speakers discussing historical preservation’s impact on communities, especially at the intersection of commerce, history, education, and advocacy. Keynote speakers are Chief Advocacy Officer for the Historic Charleston Foundation Cashion Drolet, historic real estate finance specialist and former executive director for Knox Heritage Kim Trent, and University of Mississippi anthropologist and professor Dr. Jodi Skipper.
“For 55 years, the preservation advocacy of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County transcends places and stories connected to our cultural heritage. ‘Perspectives in Preservation’ will highlight national, regional, and local trends on multiple perspectives on history, culture, advocacy, architecture, smart growth, and development that connects with people from all walks of life,” said Rachael Finch, Senior Director for Preservation, Education, and Advocacy. “We will also have a roundtable comprised of leaders from local and state historic organizations discussing ongoing projects and preservation advocacy.” Attendees are encouraged to engage in conversation surrounding preservation initiatives in Williamson County and Tennessee.
The preservation team also plans to unveil the 2022 Sites to Save nominees at the event as well as the annual Preservation Award winners. Sites to Save is an annual list of historic places in Williamson County that are vulnerable to demolition, development or neglect. The Preservation Awards recognize rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and craftsmanship of residential and commercial structures that complement the historic character of Williamson County. For decades, the Heritage Foundation has recognized preservation projects and individuals who made significant contributions within the field of historic preservation. To nominate someone for a preservation award, please visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/Preservation/Awards.
“Community educational programming has been the heart of our mission for many years at the Heritage Foundation,” said, Bari Beasley, President and CEO of Heritage Foundation. “We are excited to expand our vision this year to grow our educational offerings to continue to serve both children and adults in our community. The Symposium, now in its fifth year, is one of many great examples of outstanding annual programming in historic preservation offered to the community by the Heritage Foundation.”
The Preservation Symposium & Awards are being held at the Williamson County Enrichment Center at 110 Everbright Avenue in Franklin. Ticket information can be found at www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/PreservationSymposium.