Tennessee Preservation Trust

Tennessee Preservation in the News 12.10.12

Posted: 12/10/2012

TPT

More details are confirmed for the 2013 Annual Conference. CAMP, Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program, will be offered May 16, 2013. Join us for a full-day of training with nationally known leaders who have served either with the National Trust, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, or the National Association of Preservation Commissions. More details to come…

The 2013 conference is expanding the way we look at preservation and will include topics covering traditional preservation projects, rural preservation, and non-traditional preservation. Sessions include such topics as taking oral histories in your own community, assistance for museums in rural communities, tourism and preservation, folk music and folklore preservation, documentary film making, grant writing, and GIS and surveys. It is turning out to be a packed schedule with some of the state’s finest speaking. THC and TPT are joining up for an awards ceremony followed by live music from Nashville’s Cooke De Ville and a reception. Stay tuned for registration information!

Nationally

Fiscal cliff threatens TN’s historic sites and battlefields. Without a deal, TN historic sites, parks and battlefields could see reduced park hours, fewer staff, and backlog in maintenance. Automatic cuts could mean a reduction of as much as $3.2 million in Tennessee. Our national parks, battlefields, military parks, and historic sites would be affected, some possibly even shut down. Sites such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in Tennessee, Stones River National Battlefield, and Shiloh National Military Park could see decreased funding. Historic sites and battlefields produce economic activity, but automatic cuts do not take this fact into account. We think historic sites and battlefields are pretty important to our state’s economic wellbeing, don’t you?

TPT also continues to be concerned with the fate of the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit. As budget talks continue, debates over tax revenue heat up and the possibility of closing loopholes (ie. tax credits) become louder. Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits have saved countless properties in TN that might otherwise have been demolished. Numerous projects have taken place in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. Smaller communities have benefited as well, including: McMinnville (Pure Oil Gas Station), Greeneville (Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse), Kingsport (George Washington School), Clarksville (Hansrote Building), and Jackson (New Southern Hotel). These are but a few of the many projects in TN that have been made possible. These credits are VITAL to protecting Tennessee’s heritage and TPT will continue to advocate for the credit’s protection.

YOU can help! Contact Senators Corker and Alexander and your Representative today and ask them to keep the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

Middle Tennessee

Tickets go on sale today for the Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit at the Tennessee State Museum! Walk-ins are welcome, but the Museum is making it possible to reserve a space and skip the long line for a minimal fee. The Emancipation Proclamation will only be available for viewing for 72 hours, so visit the TN Museum webpage for your tickets today!