|Ribbon cutting for the new Historic Lebanon office on West Spring|
|Thursday, February 14, 2013|
By SABRINA GARRETT
Historic Lebanon has a new place to call home and officially opened their office Tuesday, Feb. 12 with a ribbon-cutting event.
“It is all about telling our story,” Historic Lebanon – A Partnership with Cumberland University Executive Director Kim Parks said of the organization’s goal to preserve historic buildings and promote tourism.
Parks, along with Cumberland University President Dr. Harvill Eaton, invited the community to celebrate their new location on West Spring Street during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Parks, who has loved historic homes and sites since childhood, served on Historic Lebanon’s all-volunteer board since 2009. “I was Chairman in 2011, until I was hired as Executive Director,” she explained, adding that the new role came with the non-profit’s collaboration with Cumberland.
“The house that we are using now was offered to us by Dr. Eaton. It was a sudden thing and we are grateful to them for providing that,” she said.
The partnership and new office will hopefully help Historic Lebanon in their goal to become a Main Street community. “Now we qualify and hopefully our application will be accepted. Being a Main Street community adds validity to your cause. They will show you ways to have economic restructuring and historic preservation,” she explained.
“Our role is to educate people on Lebanon’s history and its importance. We are cheerleaders for tourism to our town – trying to bring in tax dollars and make it economically viable to preserve these buildings and make people want to come see it.”