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Historic Lebanon to bring preservation exhibit to city

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Historic Lebanon is set to bring an exhibit entitled, "The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966: Commemorating 50 Years of Preserving Tennessee's Historic Structures, Sites and Landscapes" to the city.

The traveling exhibit will be hosted by the Wilson County Election Commission, located at 203 East Main Street, from March 6 through March 31 during regular business hours. An opening reception and ribbon cutting, hosted by the election commission and Historic Lebanon, will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 4 p.m.

The Albert Gore Research Center, with support from Humanities Tennessee, has created the exhibit commemorating 50 years of preservation in Tennessee under the auspices of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), enacted into law in 1966. The exhibit illustrates the connections between national legislation, specific preservation efforts across Tennessee and enduring cultural, historical and economic impacts, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the NHPA.

The exhibit is traveling to locations in Tennessee where preservation projects have impacted the local cultural and historical landscape. So far, it has been hosted by the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library at Tusculum College, the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville and the Heritage Foundation in Franklin.

Lebanon's Federal Post Office Building, now home to the Wilson County Election Commission, is an example of local preservation efforts and adaptive re-use described by Historic Lebanon representatives as "a local success story" of historic preservation.

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