Rotary welcomes historic commission director

Jake Old • Updated Nov 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Lebanon Noon Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission, during the club’s meeting Tuesday.


With the historical commission, McIntyre oversees the $4.5 million budget of the agency responsible for the preservation and interpretation of Tennessee’s historic and cultural heritage, including 18 state historic sites.

Before becoming the director of the commission, he served almost five years as the first executive director of the Tennessee Preservation Trust, a membership-based, nonprofit preservation advocacy organization.

McIntyre discussed his work with the commission, and specifically the importance of why historic sites and buildings are important.

“Usually, historic buildings were built to last,” he said. “They typically used better quality materials, and often exhibit richer architectural details.”

Historic buildings also can help attract businesses. McIntyre said most revitalized downtown areas feature historic buildings.

McIntyre also discussed various details relating to the historical commission. The historical commission originates in 1919 as the Tennessee Historical Committee, and originally focused on World War I. After The Great Depression, the group turned its focus to a broader range of Tennessee’s history.

McIntyre noted Lebanon’s historic zoning, which has been around since 2013, as a key to helping preserve local history.

Rotarian Lucy Lee, who serves on the Tennessee Historical Commission, introduced McIntyre. McIntyre was presented with a certificate of merit from Kim Parks, executive director of Historic Lebanon, after the meeting. 

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