New exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 begins to travel

Written by graduate assistant Julie Maresco

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 six panels that focus on the national, state, regional, and local impact of the NHPA and preservation efforts since the passing of the act.

Over the summer, AGRC graduate assistant Julie Maresco conducted research for the exhibit, collected images and graphics, and wrote the exhibit text. The exhibit team also included:

  • Dallas Hanbury, recent doctoral graduate of the public history program
  • Katherine Hatfield, graduate student
  • Donna Baker, University Archivist
  • Dr. Bren Martin, Director of MTSU’s public history program
  • Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, Assistant Director, Center for Historic Preservation
  • Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Director, Albert Gore Research Center

Dr. Kyriakoudes and Graduate Assistant Julie Maresco installing the NHPA Exhibit in the President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library at Tusculum College 

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, Dr. Kyriakoudes and Ms. Maresco drove to Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN to install the exhibit at its first location in the President Andrew Johnson Museum & Library. To install the panels, Dr. Kyriakoudes and Ms. Maresco worked with:

  • Dollie Boyd, Director of Museums of Tusculum College
  • Peter Noll, Assistant Professor of Public History and Museum Studies
  • Alex Rolison, student
  • Mamie Hassell, student

Afterwards, Dollie gave them gave them a tour of the museum, library, archive, and the historic Doak House Museum on campus.

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From left to right: Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Mamie Hassell, Dollie Boyd, Julie Maresco, and Alex Rolison

The exhibit was displayed during Tusculum College’s Homecoming Weekend and enjoyed by Tusculum College students, faculty, and visitors. It will travel again in December to the West Tennesseee Delta Heritage Center then to local middle Tennessee institutions and other sites throughout the state.

Current Students, Alums, Faculty, and Members of the Community viewing the NHPA Exhibit

Support for this exhibit was made possible by:

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2 Responses to New exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 begins to travel

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