State looking to honor those who protect heritage

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The Tennessee Historical Commission has extended the nomination deadline to Dec. 31 for its Certificate of Merit Awards.

The award is designed to honor individuals or groups who worked to preserve Tennessee’s cultural heritage during 2011.

“Although much of our work at the Tennessee Historical Commission focuses on efforts to preserve and to restore historic structures, we also want to recognize people for the work they do in the areas of publication, commemoration and education to safeguard our history and heritage,” said Patrick McIntyre, executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission.

The awards recognize historic preservation projects as well as work in the field of history.

Award recipients will be honored during Historic Preservation Month in May 2012.

The Tennessee Historical Commission Awards program began in 1975. Certificates of Merit are presented annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of Tennessee’s heritage during the 12 months prior to the application deadline.

Contact the Tennessee Historical Commission to request an application or visit www.tnhistoricalcommission.org. The commission can be reached at 615-532-1550, 2941 Lebanon Road, Nashville, TN 37214, or by emailing Angela Staggs at Angela.Staggs@tn.gov.