History & Culture Center Opens for Private Event Rentals With Hiring of Jessica Pfranger
Contest Announced to Award One Local Nonprofit a Free Event Rental
FRANKLIN, TN (August 25, 2022) – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announces the opening of The History & Culture Center for private event rental use along with the hiring of Jessica Pfranger to the position of Director of Event and Tourism Sales.
The property formerly known as the McConnell House was acquired by the Heritage Foundation in March 2022 and rechristened as The History & Culture Center of Williamson County. This National Register building has a long history as an in-demand venue for private events with numerous corporate meetings, weddings, receptions, and social events having been hosted there over the years. The Heritage Foundation will keep this legacy of rental availability going to serve the community while also helping financially sustain the nonprofit organization.
To help facilitate rentals, Jessica Pfranger has joined the team in the role of Director of Event and Tourism Sales, and she will head the private event rental opportunities for The History & Culture Center and The Franklin Theatre. Previously, Jessica spent 11 years at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, TN in the Events Department during their $100 Million expansion with the Omni Hotel. She was recently with Wesley, LLC, leading the contract administration team and later internal communications.
“This is such a great opportunity to make this beautiful, historic building accessible to the public again,” said Jessica Pfranger. “The 6,000-square-foot, three-story building with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, tall windows, and fireplaces offer a distinct backdrop for our guests’ historic events.”
To mark the availability of The History & Culture Center for private events, the Heritage Foundation will conduct a contest to award a free event rental to be hosted at The Center for one randomly selected Williamson County nonprofit. “We know the value that a premier venue can offer nonprofits as a way to conduct fundraising or host other events in support of their missions,” mentioned Meg Hershey, Chief Operating Officer of the Heritage Foundation. “We believe this contest will be just one of many future nonprofit mission-advancing events hosted at The History & Culture Center.”
To enter the contest, visit www.WilliamsonHistoryCenter.
For more information about The History & Culture Center, visit www.WilliamsonHistoryCenter.
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ABOUT THE HISTORY & CULTURE CENTER OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY
The History & Culture Center of Williamson County, TN is the first state-of-the-art, interactive exhibition space dedicated to telling Williamson County’s comprehensive countywide history. It will honor and share stories of the people, places, and events that comprise the fabric of our community today and influence our region and nation. Housed within a National Register of Historic Places building dating to 1905, The Center stewards, interprets, and exhibits artifacts and immersive narratives related to the social, economic, and cultural history of Williamson County. The Center is a division of the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, and in order to sustain the Center and Foundation’s nonprofit endeavors, this restored, 6,000-square-foot, three-story building with brick and hardwood detail is also accessible to the community for private event use. For more information, visit www.WilliamsonHistoryCenter.
ABOUT THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY
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 a $8 million dollar economic impact annually. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, Downtown Franklin Association, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens, and its newest entity: The History & Culture Center of Williamson County. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit www.williamsonheritage.org.