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Heritage Foundation Announces the 6th annual Preservation Symposium to be Held on August 26th; Calls for 2023 Preservation Award Nominees due July 15th 

Heritage Foundation Announces the 6th annual Preservation Symposium to be Held on August 26th; Calls for 2023 Preservation Award Nominees due July 15th 

Symposium features high profile preservation speakers and local panels; Preservation Awards categories seeking nominations include Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation as well as Excellence in Historic Preservation and Excellence in Infill in Historic District

FRANKLIN, TN (July 3, 2023) –   The 2023 Preservation Award Winners will be announced on Saturday, August 26th at the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 6th Annual Preservation Symposium and Awards to be held at the Foundation’s History & Culture Center of Williamson County, TN. This year’s supporting sponsor is 906 Studio Architects + Interiors.

The Heritage Foundation is asking the community to nominate for the awards, with a deadline of July 15th. Categories include Excellence in Preservation through Restoration (residential and commercial), Excellence in Infill in a Historic District, Excellence in Heritage Preservation, Preservation in Advocacy and Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson.

2022 winner Included the Hard Bargain Neighborhood Association, the town of Thompson’s Station, McLemore House, as well as a residential and commercial recipients for Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation.

The 2023 Award Nomination Form and further information can be found here:

“Each year, we ask the community to share with us those in our area that through their commitment, dedication, and hard work, complete projects that complement and contribute to historic preservation in our county,” said Rachael Finch, Senior Director of Preservation and Education. “We’re excited to open up nominations and see who across our community have made a generational impact.”

The Awards presentation will be part of an exciting day of programming that runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the 6th Annual Preservation Symposium & Preservation Awards.

“Our 6th annual preservation symposium theme is Preservation on The Frontlines,” said Finch. “For us, the frontlines do not just mean we’re ready to act in the face of a challenge, but we’re proactively preserving important properties, networking, and building knowledge and skills, advocating for the best practices in our community, and engaging new partners who recognize, as we do, that preservation is a common good with big local and state benefits.”

Speakers will include Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation, who in her role leads a portfolio of 28 historic sites around the country to provide expansive and sustainable public benefit as they model exemplary preservation, collections management, and interpretation, and Christine Anglin, Deputy Director, Clayborn Temple, Memphis, Tennessee, who has launched, directed, and produced shows and programs on the preservation and civil rights legacies tied to Clayborn Temple and the cultural landscape.

Other highlights include a local preservation panel focused on Community Advocacy, featuring Philanthropist and Preservationist Rod Heller;Executive Director of the Hard Bargain Association Derrick Solomon; and Museum Director and President of the Nolensville Historical Society Michelle Jenkins. Moderated by Heritage Foundation of Williamson County board member William Scales.

Added Finch, “This symposium will bring together preservation organizations, community leaders, residents, museum professionals, educators, students, architects, and developers to discover how our collective on the frontlines can lead to positive outcomes in preservation through education, advocacy, and engaging storytelling.”

Tickets to the event are available here:

For 47 years, as a part of its nonprofit mission, the Heritage Foundation has recognized preservation projects and individuals who made significant contributions within the field of historic preservation. The Preservation Awards recognize rehabilitation, restoration, preservation, and craftsmanship of residential and commercial structures that complement the historic character of Williamson County.

For information on the 2023 Award nominations, and to see past winners, visit

For more information about the Heritage Foundation’s National Preservation Month efforts, visit

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Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, PumpkinFest and Dickens of a Christmas bring an estimated 300,000+ locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year that creates more than a $10 million dollar economic impact annually. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, Downtown Franklin Association, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens, and its newest historic adaptive reuse project: The History & Culture Center of Williamson County. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit