2016 November 26 Historic preservation exhibit opens at Delta Heritage Center

Historic preservation exhibit opens at Delta Heritage Center

Historic preservation exhibit opens at Delta Heritage Center

BROWNSVILLE TN (NOVEMBER 25, 2016):

A new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966 will open at 4 p.m., Monday, December 5, at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville. The exhibit is the work of the Albert Gore Research Center in cooperation with the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) public history program. The free exhibit will be on display at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center December 6, 2016 through January 30, 2017.

For the past year, the Albert Gore Research Center has been working with MTSU’s public history program graduate students and faculty to curate a travelling exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966. The exhibit The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 years of Preserving Tennessee’s Cultural Heritage consists of five panels that focus on the national, state, regional, and local impact of the NHPA and preservation efforts since the passing of the act.

“We’re excited that this exhibit will be featured in Brownsville,” says Heritage Center director Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “With the recent formation of the Haywood Heritage Foundation, and other initiatives across West Tennessee, the timing is perfect to celebrate efforts to preserve our heritage and culture.”

Along with the Al Gore Center, the Heritage Center has also partnered with Haywood Heritage Foundation (HHF) to create a companion panel that will add to the story and highlight preservation efforts in Brownsville and Haywood County.

Support for this exhibit was made possible by the Albert Gore Research Center, Humanities Tennessee, Center for Historic Preservation and MTSU Public History. For more information about the exhibition, please contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000.

CAPTION: Photograph strip of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the NHPA on October 15, 1966. Lady Bird Johnson, the first lady, stands behind him.

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