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East Tennessee Preservation Conference - Nov. 11 & 12


KNOXVILLE, TENN. –The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, Knox Heritage, and the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are hosting the 2011 East Tennessee Preservation Conference in Jonesborough.  This year’s theme, “Positioning Preservation for Prosperity: Conservation and Preservation in the New Economy” will focus on the emerging economy and how our cultural and natural assets are critical for East Tennessee’s economic development.    

Dr. Carroll Van West, Director of MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation and one of the industry leaders, will kick off the conference by sharing the challenges and opportunities of heritage conservation in East Tennessee.  West does a masterful job of weaving authentic history of place with relevant trends in heritage tourism and local economies. 

A panel session, moderated by Tennessee Main Street Director, Kimberly Nyberg, will share insight showing the unique opportunities for small towns to incubate creative economies by using historic preservation and the arts.  On Friday afternoon, a panel will share the ins and outs of Jonesborough’s revitalization story.  Following the session, attendees will be treated to tours of the town. 

Other speakers include Gary Sexton, who leads the Scott High School Museum Project.  The Museum Project is thought to be the only program of its kind in the nation that teaches high school students how to build, interpret, and operate a living history museum.  Amy Potts, with Preservation Kentucky, will share insight on rural landscapes and partnering with students, community leaders, and volunteers.

Mary Ruffin Hanbury will close the conference on Saturday at lunch by talking about the economy’s impact on cultural resources and how communities can preserve resources while proving a sense of place and a high quality of life.  After all, an attractive quality of life has proven to be one of the most important factors when businesses are selecting communities.  Plus, the residents benefit.

This year’s conference weekend will also feature the inaugural announcement of the Heritage Alliance’s list of endangered places in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  Also, East Tennessee Preservation Alliance will present their annual awards to be announced on Friday, November 11.  Awards will recognize outstanding achievements for individuals’ and groups’ work on restoration, adaptive use, new infill design, rehabilitation projects and lifetime achievement in preservation advocacy in the region.

The full conference registration is $40.00 that includes all sessions, guided tours of Jonesborough, lunches on Friday and Saturday, continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday, the Awards Reception, and much more.  There is also a $30.00 student rate available.  Visit for lodging information.  The full conference schedule and information is available at

ETPA was founded in 2009 serve the 16-county East Tennessee region.  ETPA is made up of representatives from all 16 counties and works to help further historic preservation in the region through educational events, technical assistance, and by assisting existing organizations.  

Preservation field services provided by Knox Heritage are assisted by a Partners in the Field challenge grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  For more information, visit


Jonesborough, TN
United States
36° 17' 39.3792" N, 82° 28' 24.5244" W
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