KNOXVILLE, TN – Knox Heritage is pleased to announce that Stephanie Meeks, President and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will be the keynote speaker at its inaugural Power of Preservation Lunch on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. 

This event will celebrate the success of Knox Heritage’s work across the Knoxville region and provide an opportunity for attendees to hear inspiring accounts of preservation’s impact on the lives of everyone who calls this place home. 

Meeks will share stories of the transformative power of preservation in communities across the country from her new book, The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America’s Communities.

Meeks has dedicated her professional life to saving important places, both cultural and natural. Prior to joining the National Trust in 2010, she held senior executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer and Acting President and CEO during her seventeen-year career with The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest and most effective conservation organizations.

The National Trust works to save nationally important places and helps local preservationists and partner groups protect historic places nationwide. Currently, the Trust is leading an effort to highlight the critical connection between older buildings and vibrant cities, and is spearheading original research, data, tools and on-the-ground solutions to promote the reuse and reinvestment of older and historic buildings as the default option in American cities. Through its ReUrbanism initiative, the organization seeks to transform both the perception and practice of preservation, responding to the issues cities face today.

 “We are so fortunate to have Stephanie Meeks, the Trust’s visionary President and CEO, speak at our inaugural Power of Preservation Lunch,” says Kim Trent, Knox Heritage Executive Director.  “We are grateful for the Trust’s support of our work and look forward to her visit to Knoxville.”

Registration for Knox Heritage’s Power of Preservation Lunch will open at 12:00 p.m. The program will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. with lunch and remarks from Madeline Rogero, Mayor of the City of Knoxville, followed by Meeks. 

Reservations are required by Friday, June 16, 2017.  To make a reservation or for more information about this event, contact Knox Heritage Special Events Manager, Alyson Gallaher at (865) 523-8008. 

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Knox Heritage preserves, restores and transforms historic places. For everyone. Forever. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1974 and now serves the entire 16-county Knoxville region via the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance. For more information, visit