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Historic Lebanon to host dinner in downtown Arcade

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The upcoming Friends of Historic Lebanon Dinner will be held in the community room at the newly renovated Arcade Building on the Lebanon Public Square, where the Bland Motor Company enjoyed a party around 1963. SUBMITTED

Historic Lebanon, a local non-profit, recently announced plans for its annual Friends of Historic Lebanon Dinner to be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Arcade Building on Lebanon's Public Square.

In celebration of National Preservation Month, Historic Lebanon invites everyone interested in preserving Lebanon's unique history and architecture to come enjoy a catered dinner and hear guest speaker Dr. Mark Cheathem, Cumberland University history professor and project director for the new "Papers of Martin Van Buren" project.

Cheathem is the author or editor of five books, including most recently "Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democrats" and "Andrew Jackson, Southerner," which won the 2013 Tennessee History Book Award. He is currently completing two book projects: "The Log Cabin and Hard Cider Campaign of 1840: Politics as Entertainment in Antebellum America" (Johns Hopkins University Press) and "The Dark-Horse Campaign of 1844: Slavery, Westward Expansion and Presidential Politics" (University Press of Kansas).

"Historic Lebanon has achieved great success towards our mission, but we need the continued support of the community," said Kim Parks, executive director for Historic Lebanon. "Participation in our fund-raising dinner enables us to reach more community partners for the preservation and economic revitalization of the Historic Lebanon Square and surrounding neighborhoods."

The cost is $25 and includes dinner and an annual membership as a Friend of Historic Lebanon. The organization is especially pleased to hold the dinner in the newly renovated Arcade building. One of only three remaining true "arcades" in the state, the Square's Arcade was built in 1907 and functioned as a precursor to today's shopping mall. It housed retail stores, professional offices and civic clubs such as the Lions Club, the Rotary and the chamber of commerce. The building has been painstakingly renovated and is an important part of the Square's revitalization.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce or at www.historiclebanontn.org. To learn more, contact Parks at (615) 547-9795 or at historiclebanon@cumberland.edu.

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