2019 Friends of Historic Lebanon Dinner


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Historic Lebanon, a local non-profit, announces its annual “Friends of Historic Lebanon” Dinner on Thursday, May 9th, at Venue 142 in the Historic Arcade Building, 142 Public Square, Lebanon, Tennessee.  Social Hour and Silent Auction preview begins at 5:00 with dinner served at 6:00pm.

Historic Lebanon invites everyone interested in learning about our unique history and culture to come enjoy a catered dinner and program by guest speaker, C. Tracey Parks. Parks is an independent scholar recognized for his research on Southern material culture and Tennessee’s decorative arts before 1840.  He is a frequent speaker on the subject of Tennessee decorative arts especially Tennessee furniture of the antebellum era. He has spoken at numerous museum civic clubs, the MESDA Summer Institute, Belmont Symposium, and the Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Tracey’s topic for the dinner is titled “Making the Middle: Material Culture in the Age of Jackson, 1785-1845.”

A seventh generation Tennessean, Tracey has been an avid student and collector of Tennessee decorative arts for over thirty years. He received his B.A. in Social Science with emphasis on history from Cumberland University, and his JD from the Nashville School of Law. A practicing trial attorney, he lives in Lebanon, Tennessee, with his wife, Kim, and their three children. He serves as chairman of Lebanon’s Historic Preservation Commission. Tracey edited The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and Its Makers Through 1850, published in 1988, the first comprehensive study on the topic. He was a contributor and essayist on furniture in Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2003). He is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA). He chaired this Board during MESDA’s 50th Anniversary in 2015. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (JESDA). His most recent research titled “Moses Crawford: Tennessee’s Earliest Cabinetmaker Revealed,” (JESDA) Vol. 34 (2013), can be accessed online at mesda.org.

Kim Parks, Historic Lebanon Executive Director, will also give an update on current projects for the organization as well as plans for Lebanon’s Bicentennial celebration.

“Historic Lebanon has achieved great success towards our mission but we still rely on the support of the community and we appreciate their participation in our annual “Friends of Dinner”, states Kim Parks, executive director for Historic Lebanon.   “This fundraising dinner and silent auction enables us to reach more community partners for the preservation and economic revitalization of the Historic Lebanon Square and surrounding neighborhoods.  This year is extra special as Lebanon celebrates its Bicentennial year of the 1819 Act of Incorporation”, Parks explained.

The cost is $35 and includes dinner and an annual membership as a Friend of Historic Lebanon.

The organization is especially pleased to offer a Silent Action again this year featuring local merchants and experiences.  A sample of the items includes a Discovery Flight originating from the Lebanon Airport, a large decorative handmade pottery platter from Silver Ridge Pottery, and a full year individual membership to Jimmy Floyd Community Center. Split Bean Roasters is donating a Coffee Roasting & Tasting experience along with a bag of coffee to take home. Other donations include items from Little Seed Farm, The Jewelers and our Main Street District merchants.   There are many more items generously donated and a complete list and preview of auction items is available at www.historiclebanon.com . Check back as more items will be added to the event.

Tickets are available at the Historic Lebanon office, 324 West Main St, Lebanon, TN or online. Advanced purchase is required and seating is limited.  Please purchase your tickets by Friday, May 3.

Historic Lebanon is a certified Main Street program with the state of Tennessee and the National Main Street Center and a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Historic Lebanon uses the 4-point Main Street approach of Design/Historic Preservation, Economic Vitality, Promotion and Organization to achieve their goals of preserving historic buildings, increasing tourism, enticing more entrepreneurs and creating a sense of place in our historic downtown core.

Their mission is to use the historic properties in new ways to create a vibrant area with restaurants, retail/office spaces and urban living; creating a more walkable downtown with public green spaces, a direct connection to the Music City Star commuter train station with a walking trail and the installation of public art. Simply put; Historic Lebanon strives to enhance Lebanon’s quality of life and to increase our profile as a great small town.