Tennessee Preservation Trust

Conference Speakers:

Renee Khulman – National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Policy Center

Renee Khulman will discuss the potential for a new Tennessee rehabilitation tax credit and how it can work to advance Preservation and Community Revitalization across Tennessee. She also will speak about the advocacy needed right now to ensure that we keep the National Historic Preservation Tax Credit in place.

Susan Whitaker – TPT Board Leader and Former Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Susan Whitaker will share newly released reports on the Economic Impact of the Tourism Industry in Tennessee and her perspectives on the important role that Heritage Tourism, Preservation, and Placemaking play in this leading industry across our state.




Patrick McIntyre – Executive Director of the Tennessee Historic Commission

Patrick McIntyre will share his thoughts and insights of important roles that Historic Preservation resources and professionals play in Tennessee.



Session Speakers

Wednesday September 20th, 2017

1:00 – 4:30 pm Tennessee Historic Commission Certified Local Government Training Session

  • Jane Coleman Harbison, Tennessee Historic Commission
  • Amanda Rose, City of Franklin Preservation Planning Office

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Tennessee Main Street Managers Meeting

  • Renee Kuhlman, National Trust for Historic Preservation

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Tennessee Preservation Trust Board and Regional Preservation Partners Briefing

  • Renee Kuhlman, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tennessee Civil War Battlefield Association Board Meeting – TBD

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception – Gallery 202 in Downtown Franklin
This reception with local, state and national Preservation and Community Revitalization leaders in one of Franklin’s Best Arts Venues is the first Networking Highlight of the TPT Conference where attendees along with local and state leaders connect and celebrate Preservation and Revitalization successes and future opportunities.

7:30 pm Dinner on Your Own – Experience Downtown Franklin


Thursday September 21, 2017

8:30 am – Registration/ Breakfast – Lobby of The Franklin Theatre

9:00 am until 11:00 am – Conference Opening General Session – Tennessee Preservation Network – Strong and Growing!

9:00 am – Welcome and Preservation Updates

  • Tennessee Preservation Trust Vice Chair -Carrington Montague
  • Franklin Mayor Ken Moore
  • Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County
  • Todd Morgan, Field Services Director, Knox Heritage – East Tennessee Preservation Alliance
  • June West, Executive Director, Memphis Heritage

9:25 am – State Keynote – The Tennessee Historical Commission’s Annual Report

  • Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the Tennessee Historic Commission

9:40 am – Preservation Legislative Briefing on Tennessee and National Historic Preservation Tax Incentives and Policies

  • Ken Moore, Mayor of Franklin Tennessee
  • Renee Kuhlman, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Bridget Jones, Tennessee Preservation Trust

10:10 am – National Keynote – Tennessee’s 2018 State Historic Tax Credit Opportunities

  • Renee Kuhlman, Director of Policy Outreach for the National Trust for Historic Preservation

10:35 am – State Keynote – The Economic Impact of Tennessee Tourism and The Role of Heritage Tourism, Preservation, and Placemaking in our Continuing Success

  • Susan Whitaker, Former Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

10:50 am – Conference Sessions and Events Briefing

  • TPT Conference Committee Members

11:30 am until 1:00 pm – Lunch Opportunities in Downtown Franklin

  • Special Sessions – Distilleries and Breweries in Historic Places – led by Mary Pearce featuring Williamson County’s successful makers.
  • Special Sessions – Tennessee Historic Theatre Renovations and Revitalization – Success Stories from Franklin and Huntington, Tennessee – led by Nancy Williams and Dan Hayes, Executive Director of the Franklin Theatre and Lorie Nolen, Executive Director of Huntington The Dixie Performing Arts and Education Center.

  • Lunch on Your Own – Experience Downtown Franklin.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions – Living and Lodging in Historic Districts

  • Laura Todd, Downtown District Consulting and TPT Board Member
  • Jamie Groce, Collierville Town Planner
  • Michael Walker, Principal Walker Arch Collierville Tennessee
  • Ginna Foster Cannon, PhD Candidate, MTSU Department of History and Center for Historic Preservation

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions Historic Cemeteries Preservation

  • Jane Coleman Harbison of the Tennessee Historic Commission
  • Amanda Hall Rose, Franklin Preservation Planner
  • Caroline Eller, National Register Specialist, Tennessee Historical Commission
  • Nick Fielder, State Archaeologist
  • Lisa Helton, Attorney, SRVH – Sherrod, Roe, Voigt, Harbison
  • Fred Zhan, Metro Historical Commission / Nashville City Cemetery

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions -Marketing and Programming Resources for Historic Preservation Organizations and Main Streets

  • Pam Lewis, President of PLA Media
  • Laura Holder, Federal Liaison for the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
  • Ashley Howell, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Museum

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Breakout Sessions Easements for Historic Preservation

  • Phil Thomason, Thomason and Associates
  • Todd Morgan on Knox Heritage – East Tennessee Preservation Alliance
  • Liz Edsall McLaurin, President and CEO, The Land Trust for Tennessee

4:00 pm – 7:30 pm Conference Reception, Recognitions, Silent Auction featuring Two Stellar Adaptive Reuse Projects

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Downtown Franklin Architectural Walking Tour of the Franklin Square and Main Street Historic Homes in Route to the Old Old Jail – Meet in Front of the Historic Williamson Courthouse

  • Rick Warwick, Williamson County Historian

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Local Partner Open House and Reception – Heritage Foundation at The Old Old Jail

  • Bari Beasley, Heritage Foundation
  • Kristy Williams, Downtown Franklin Association
  • Rick Warwick, Heritage Foundation
  • Cyril Stewart, Cyril Stewart Architecture

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Conference Reception and Silent Auction – CJ’s Off The Square
This reception is the Networking Highlight of the TPT Conference where attendees along with local and state leaders connect and celebrate Preservation and Revitalization successes and future opportunities.

7:30 pm – Dinner on Your Own – Featuring Culinary and Music Tourism Conference Live Music Venues in Downtown Franklin


Friday September 22nd, 2017

8:30 am – 11:00 am Conference Registration/Breakfast/General Session – Williamson County Enrichment Center

8:30 am Registration/Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Conference General Session – Selling Historic Preservation – Stories of Success!

  • Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson
  • Mary Pearce, Mary Pearce Historic
  • Jerry Scharber, Past Mayor of Franklin

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Successful Public Private Preservation Partnerships

  • Julian Bibb- Stites and Harbison
  • Eric Jacobson, CEO, The Battle of Franklin Trust

11:00 am until Noon – Morning Field Tour and Learning Laboratory – The Carter House State Historic Site and McLemore House – South Franklin Districts
These field sessions will provide participants with an on-site briefing of the unique preservation and revitalization efforts underway in two unique historic districts of South Franklin.

11:00 am until Noon – Carter House State Historic Site

  • Eric Jacobson, Franklin Trust
    The McLemore House and Hard Bargain Neighborhood
  • City and Neighborhood Revitalization Leaders

Noon – Conference Adjourns and Lunch on Your Own – Middle Tennessee Venues

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm – Special Topics Workshop – Demolition and Design Review

  • Dan Becker, Consulting Principal, Heritage Arts Raleigh North Carolina
    This session will explore the important topic of preservation and revitalization through the lens of Demolition and Design Review processes. All buildings can be saved but when does saving a historic building become economic hardship? What is the tipping point between preservation and reasonable rehabilitation? It’s a question that all design review boards, and even developers, contractors and property owners deal with frequently. During this session, participants will join Dan Becker, a nationally recognized preservation specialist from Raleigh NC to:
  • Review key concepts of economic hardship
  • Gain a broad understanding of the principles of preservation technology
  • Recognize the key systems of a building that contribute to the lion’s share of rehabilitation challenges and costs (foundation, structural framing, exterior walls, roof
  • Understand the potential environmental contaminants that may need to be dealt with
  • Assess reports and how to recognize the straw men that are often tossed out to see what will stick to the wall.