East Tennessee Preservation Conference
“…extraordinary speakers, an informed and motivated audience and one of the best conferences I have ever witnessed!” – Kenneth Libby, CDF Haley Farm Business Manager
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Conference was held on Friday, October 27 in Clinton. The all day event took place on the Children Defense Fund’s Alex Haley Farm for the first time. Highlighting local preservation stories and strategies, this year’s conference dug deeper into both African American history and youth engagement. A tour of the farm was included as part of the day and the evening featured the 2017 East Tennessee Preservation Awards.
The beautiful 157 acre farm that once belonged to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley made a perfect setting for this year’s conference. Since 1994, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has owned and managed the property. Located just 23 miles north of downtown Knoxville, the CDF Haley Farm has hosted “tens of thousands of leaders across age, discipline, faith and race for robust discussion, sharing of best practices, training and spiritual renewal”.
The grounds of CDF Haley Farm include a main meeting lodge, guest cottages, the Langston Hughes Library and the Riggio-Lynch Chapel. The Langston Hughes Library is a private, non-circulating, 5,000-volume reference collection and reading room. Dedicated in 1999 in honor of one of America’s most important and prolific writers, the library is used by children’s advocates, spiritual leaders, educators, civil rights leaders, authors, illustrators, publishers, scholars, teachers, librarians and students who come to Haley Farm for training, leadership development, reflection and inspiration. The reading room is named after acclaimed poet and novelist Dr. Maya Angelou and renowned historian Dr. John Hope Franklin. A sitting area is dedicated to civil rights heroine Rosa Parks.
The Riggio-Lynch Chapel was made possible by the generosity of Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio and his wife, Louise Riggio. After the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. Riggio felt the need to do something to establish a place for people to find comfort and peace and to be renewed and strengthened. The chapel resembles a huge ark carrying all of the world’s children to safety. Award-winning Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin designed both the Langston Hughes Library and the Riggio-Lynch Chapel.
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individual donations, foundation, corporate and government grants.
For the past nine years, Knox Heritage and the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance have brought the East Tennessee Preservation Conference to our region. It has become a cherished event for those who love history, historic sites, and learning about preservation methods.
Each year, a different community is highlighted by the conference. Townsend, Rugby, Jonesborough, Gatlinburg, Maryville, Oak Ridge, Knoxville, and Morristown have hosted the event before Clinton. Attendees include preservation professionals, architects, planners, tourism professionals, government and community leaders, economic developers, real estate professionals and others who have found that advanced knowledge of historic preservation principles and practices has value. It is a great event for learning, networking and experiencing historic sites distinctive to the host community.
THANK YOU SPONSORS OF THE 2017 CONFERENCE!
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PRAISE FOR THE 2016 EAST TENNESSEE PRESERVATION POWER SUMMIT IN MORRISTOWN
“I thought the event was great. Really good speakers — fellow from Indiana was super. The Preservation Awards Reception was really good. My folks were blown away. Food was good everywhere. Lots of good things going on in Morristown.” – Morgan County Guest
“It was my first and I really enjoyed it. I thought the speakers were great and very informing with information that we could take back to the counties we serve.” – Anderson County Guest
“Great Summit! Well organized, great food, historic/interesting venue, fun afternoon, perfect weather, elegant evening, well-done awards ceremony, happy people! You hit all the hot buttons and everyone walked away with a smile on their face! Good work!” – Loudon County Guest