May is Preservation Month! Celebrate with us!


 Citizens in Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee will join thousands of people across the country in celebrating National Preservation Month during May. Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual month-long celebration observed by small towns and big cities, with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies to fundraising events, educational programs and more. This year’s national theme is “This Place Matters.”

Knox Heritage has a number of events planned during Preservation Month, and the organization encourages the community to be a part of celebrating the importance of historic preservation.

Below is a chronological list of events and activities during Preservation Month. For more information about any of these events, call 523-8008 or visit

Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. Preservation Network – Historic Windows 101 Historic Westwood – 3425 Kingston Pike Parking is at Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike. Free and open to the public.

Monday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. 2017 Fragile Fifteen Announcement  Knoxville High School – 101 E. Fifth Avenue Knox Heritage announces its annual list of the most endangered properties and places within Knox County. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 17, 10:00 a.m. Summer Supper Tickets On Sale To The General Public Call (865) 523-8008 or visit to purchase.

Friday, May 19, 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Lost & Found Luncheon – History of Dixie Lee Highway Historic Westwood – 3425 Kingston Pike

Parking is free and is available at the Laurel Church of Christ. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at 12:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. To make reservations, call Hollie Cook at 865-523-8008 or email

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Statehood Day Tours of Historic Westwood Historic Westwood – 3425 Kingston Pike Join us at Historic Westwood for guided tours. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 24, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. “Books Sandwiched In” with Kim Trent, Knox Heritage Executive Director East Tennessee History Center – 601 S. Gay Street

In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, “Books Sandwiched In” invites you to join Kim Trent for a discussion of Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America’s Communities by Stephanie Meeks and Kevin C. Murphy. “Books Sandwiched In” is sponsored by the Friends of Knox County Public Library. Attendees may bring lunch. Drinks are available to purchase.

Wednesday, May 31, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Preservation & Libations Crowne & Goose – 123 S. Central Street Join friends of historic preservation for a drink and good conversation. No need to RSVP, just stop by! Free and open to the public.