Ribbon cut at preservation exhibit

Jake Old • Mar 7, 2017 at 5:34 PM

The opening of an exhibit titled “The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 Years of Preserving Tennessee’s Historic Structures, Sites and Landscapes” was celebrated Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Wilson County Election Commission office.


The exhibit, which is in the election commission’s lobby area and will be open throughout March, is a traveling history exhibit that comes from the Middle Tennessee State University history department.

Dozens of people from the community attended the event, and election commission officials provided refreshments.

Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce director Melanie Minter, Historic Lebanon director Kim Parks and MTSU history professor Louis Kyriakoudes gave remarks at the ribbon cutting event.

“I got a call from [Kyriakoudes] here from MTSU, and they have this traveling exhibit, and he said they would like to bring it to Lebanon,” Parks said.

Parks said she contacted officials at the election commission office, and they were receptive to the idea.

“History students from Cumberland are going to do a little study session here,” Parks said. “We’re going to try to make good use of it.”

“The idea is to commemorate the National Historic Preservation Act,” Kyriakoudes said. “Historic preservation is an example of where economic development, good urban planning and reverence for our common past all intersect.” 

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