Sixth annual East Tennessee Preservation Conference to be in Oak Ridge

By Amanda Stravinsky

The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance and Knox Heritage will host the 6th annual East Tennessee Preservation Conference Nov. 6–8 in Oak Ridge.

Preservation enthusiasts will learn how to capitalize on the “Experience Economy.” Across East Tennessee communities are positioning their cultural and historic assets as important amenities from revitalized downtowns and heritage tourism to new ways of experiencing history interactively.

The conference keynote speaker will be Franklin Vagnone, executive director of the Historic House Trust of New York City. Vagnone has consulted, lectured and taught nationally for an extensive list of historic sites, museums, historic houses, community-based historic societies and membership organizations.

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker will discuss the importance of Heritage Tourism for Tennessee’s economy. Developer David Dewhirst will share his expertise on the intrinsic value of historic buildings.

Regional preservation efforts will be recognized at the East Tennessee Preservation Awards Dinner Nov. 6 at the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum. The awards show will feature Mark Banker, author of “Appalachians All.” A Gala Preservation Celebration for the successful rehabilitation of the Alexander Inn will be held Nov. 7 at the Alexander Inn.

Registration is now open. The registration fee is $55 for Knox Heritage/ETPA members and $65 for non-members; the East Tennessee Preservation Awards Dinner tickets are $20; and the Alexander Inn Gala Preservation Celebration tickets are $75.

For registration and more information, call 865-685-5958 or visit For more information, contact Todd Morgan, director of Preservation Field Services, at 865-685-5958 or

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