Tennessee Historical Commission Announces June Meeting
June 21 Meeting at Paris Landing State Park is Open to the Public
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Historical Commission announced today its regular meeting of the Commission members is scheduled for Friday, June 21, at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tenn. Beginning at 9 a.m., the meeting will be held at the park’s inn in Conference Room A, located at 400 Lodge Road.
Open to the public, the meeting is one of three yearly gatherings of the Tennessee Historical Commission held in each of state’s Grand Divisions. The Commission last met at Paris Landing State Park in 1998.
“We encourage members of the public to attend the meeting, as it is a great opportunity to learn more about the exciting work of our office and the important historical programs we administer, including the Tennessee Wars Commission and state-owned historic sites,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission.
On Thursday, June 20, Commission members will visit historic sites in Paris, which feature many significant properties, including the c. 1893 Robert E. Lee School. The school has received several federal historic preservation grants from the Commission through the years, and the agency’s support played a critical role in the property’s restoration for use as an arts academy.
As the State Historic Preservation Office, one of the main objectives of the Tennessee Historical Commission is to encourage and facilitate the protection of the state's diverse historic places for the benefit of future generations. The Commission is responsible for overseeing a variety of state and federal programs, including administering the National Register of Historic Places, placing historic markers, and providing technical assistance and training to local historic preservation commissions through the Certified Local Government Program.
The Tennessee Historical Commission consists of 29 members. The Governor appoints 24 Commission members, and five serve as ex-officio members. The ex-officio members include the state historian, the state archaeologist, the Commissioner of Environment and Conservation, and the state librarian and archivist. The 24 appointed members are equally divided among the three grand divisions of the state. The Commission meets three times a year.
For more information about the Tennessee Historical Commission, please call (615) 532-1550 or visit their website at www.tn.gov/environment/hist/.