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Preservationists headed into town

The Town of Jonesborough will host preservationists from 14 different states and territories who are coming to the area for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Southern Region meeting.
More than 72 out-of-town guests will stay in Jonesborough through the weekend, said Deborah Montanti, executive director of the Heritage Alliance, host of the event.
The event will take place Thursday, April 22, through Saturday, April 24, and its purpose is to celebrate preservation and discuss current issues facing the field of historic preservation throughout the nation.
The Southern Region stretches from Virginia to the Florida Keys, and from Mississippi to the Virgin Islands, so the hosting duties are “quite a coup” for Jonesborough, Montanti said.
“For a town the size of Jonesborough to get this meeting, it speaks to the hard work of the preservation community in Jonesborough,” she said.
The meeting is a chance for the executive directors and staff from partner organizations to get together and discuss best practices and issues, Montanti said, as well as partner groups to meet with advisors to do the same.
“It’s a very interesting mix of communities and community problems and community solutions,” she said.
The meeting brings together National Trust Advisors and representatives from the organization’s Statewide and Local Partners for sessions dealing with a variety of preservation topics, including open space conservation, rural heritage development, and small town revitalization. During their stay in Jonesborough, meeting attendees will be staying in Jonesborough’s Historic District and will have the opportunity to venture out for evening excursions and day trips to neighboring communities.
Those trips include a lunch at the International Storytelling Center and an evening storytelling performance, a progressive dinner in Johnson City, and a tour and lunch in Bristol.