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2012 Arts & Heritage Lifetime Achievement Awards


The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards in the areas of arts and heritage.

Karel Lea and Greg Biggs, recipients of the Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award, have founded and lectured at dozens of Civil War Roundtables around the state, led Civil War tours around the country, and written numerous Civil War-related articles for publication.

Beverly Parker, recipient of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, is a renowned photographic artist, co-founder of the Downtown Artists Co-op, chair of the annual Riverfest Tour d’Art exhibition, and educator for many years of advanced darkroom and alternative photography processes at Austin Peay State University’s Community School of the Arts.

All three recipients will be honored at our Ninth Annual Membership Drive and Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony at Emerald Hill Mansion on Thursday, November 29, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. This event, which will include wine and hors d’oeuvres, is free and open to the public

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council’s Lifetime Achievement Awards were established in 2006 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural life of Montgomery County, either through the arts or through historical observances. Past Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Eleanor Williams (2011), Randy Rubel (2010), JoAnn and Glenn Weakley (2009), Riley Darnell (2008) and Dr. Howard Winn (2007). Past Arts Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Ned and Jackie Crouch (2011), Rubye Patch (2010), Dr. Solie Fott (2009), Drs. George and Sharon Mabry (2008), Tom Thayer and John McDonald (2007) and Olen Bryant and Thomas Brumbaugh (2006).

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United States Colored Troops Reception and Banquet

The Mt. Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation Society, along with Austin Peay State University’s Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and African American Cultural Center, is proud to host the United States Colored Troops Living History Association’s Annual Conference and Banquet on October 19 and 20, 2012.

A reception with Civil War scholars will be held at Austin Peay State University’s African American Cultural Center on Friday, October 19, from 1pm to 2:30pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Hari Jones, Assistant Director and Curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, is scheduled to keynote the banquet at Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center on Saturday, October 20, at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $25 and available through the Mt. Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation Society by calling Geneva Bell at (931) 552-8026 or Beth Kasper at (931) 387-3715; or through the Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council via the below button. (Online ticket orders carry a $2.00 shipping/handling fee.)

Additional sponsors of this event include Amvets Post #78, Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council, Clarksville/Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Austin Peay State University’s Office of the President, and Walmart of Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

More information is available at www.mtolivecemetery.org.

2012 Heritage Home Tour of Robertson County


Glenraven Mansion

Glenraven Mansion

Both Montgomery and Robertson counties have been major producers of dark-fired tobacco, and income from that crop has allowed planters in both counties to build lovely homes that dot the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. This fall, the Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council is hosting an all-day guided bus tour of five of those historic homes in Robertson County.

The 2012 Heritage Home Tour of Robertson County will be held on Saturday, September 22. Departing from the Riverview Inn parking lot (50 College Street, Clarksville) at 8:00am and returning at approximately 5:00pm, the tour bus will visit the following locations:

  • Glenraven Mansion, the last large-scale, consciously designed tobacco plantation landscape in Tennessee (with a talk about the Tobacco Wars by Dr. Rick Gregory);
  • Wessyngton Plantation, built in 1819 by Joseph and Mary Washington (with a discussion of The Washingtons of Wessyngton by author John Baker);
  • Carousel House, with lunch catered by Burdett’s Tea Room;
  • Russell House, in the process of being restored by owners Greg and Stephanie Lee;
  • White House, called Maybelle by its current owners because they see it as the Belle of May Street (original name of 5th Street);
  • Cheatham House, a spacious Federal-style home built by Richard Cheatham — father of Edward Cheatham, for whom Cheatham County is named — which was later changed into a Colonial Revival;
  • Garner House and perhaps a few surprises still in the works!

Beyond tobacco, Montgomery and Robertson counties share a joint history. They were originally part of the same county known as Tennessee County of North Carolina. In 1796, a new state split off from North Carolina. When its first general assembly officially adopted the name Tennessee, representatives divided the original Tennessee County, naming the western part Montgomery for John Montgomery, one of the founders of the city of Clarksville, and the eastern part Robertson in honor of James Robertson, Father of Middle Tennessee.

This event is made possible in part through the generous support of Queen City Disposal, Planters Bank, Cumberland Bank & Trust, F&M Bank, Legends Bank, and Wyatt-Johnson Automotive Group.

Reservations, including lunch catered by Burdett’s Tea Room, are $70 (non-AHDC members) and $65 (AHDC members). Space is limited, and payment is due at the time of reservation. Checks made out to “AHDC” may be mailed to AHDC, PO Box 555, Clarksville TN 37041. Reservations are also available via the PayPal button below; a $2 convenience fee will accompany credit card purchases. We also recommend that you bring a lawn-chair for the John Baker talk at Wessyngton Plantation.

We regret to say that tickets to the Heritage Home Tour of Robertson County are sold out. Thank you to all of you who will be attending.

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