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Downtown Franklin, Tennessee – A Distinctive Destination

Posted on: June 3rd, 2009 by Farin Salahuddin 2 Comments


Over the next few months, the staff of the National Preservation Conference will be blogging about their experiences during their pre-conference site visit trip to Nashville. Register now for the 2009 conference, which  will take place October 13-19.

Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation

Franklin's lazy, southern charm is the perfect compliment to Nashville's sparkle and energy.  But Franklin wasn't always a glowing model of small city life.  It once was the site of a bloody civil war battle that is said to have been the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Come and see how Franklin's bloody past and prosperous present are mingled in the streetscape, shops and boutiques.

Top 5 reasons to visit Franklin, Tennessee

1.       Included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of 2009's Distinctive Destinations.

2.       Winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's first ever Great American Main Street Award in 1995.

3.       Carter House, a National Registered Landmark and a significant reminder of the Battle of Franklin.

Dessert (well, actually, desserts) at Pucketts.

Dessert (well, actually, desserts) at Pucketts.

4.       Historic Carnton Plantation, home of the New York Times bestseller, Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks (Hicks will be our Friday Night Special Lecture speaker).

5.       Delicious Southern cooking!  Enjoy the sweet and savory delights of Puckett's Grocery and a number of other tasty vittles along Main Street.

Franklin is a sparkling example of many preservation efforts including land conservation, battlefield reclamation and the revitalization and maintenance of a vibrant main street.  Register for this field session and see what all the fuss is about!

(This field session is offered on Wednesday, Oct 14 and Friday, Oct 16)

Farin Salahuddin is a conference coordinator of the National Preservation Conference.  Farin's interests include photographing her food at restaurants.

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Okmulgee: Diverse Cultures/One Community

Posted on: July 1st, 2008 by Farin Salahuddin


img_3980.jpgWhat do you think of when you think of a small town in Oklahoma? Pioneers, American Indians, maybe a general store?  Well, you may find all this and more when you visit Okmulgee.  A town located 40 minutes south of Tulsa and home of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Benefitting from the oil industry, Okmulgee (winner of the 2002 annual Main Street Award) enjoyed prosperity in its past and was host to European settlers, Native Americans and African Americans alike. This rich social tapestry is evidenced through much of Okmulgee's preserved built environment.

img_3978.jpgBegin your history lesson at the Creek Nation Tribal Complex where you will meet a Muscogee Nation Supreme Court Judge.  Move on to the Creek Council House Museum and learn more about the culture of what is referred to as one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" that are recognized  by Oklahoma. (The other four tribes are the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Seminole and Choctaw.)

Though there is much to be learned here regarding the relationship between the Native American and Eurpoean settlers, there was a strong African American presence in Okmulgee as well. Visit many of the buildings that were vital to their everyday life and how those buildings endure and function today.

Not only will this Okmulgee tour offer historic reenactments, colorful anecdotes and cultural insight...there will be tasty offerings as well.  Massey's BBQ restaurant is some of the best eatin' I've had in my time in Tulsa. They'll be catering the lunch offered at Okmulgee's first church, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

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North Tulsa: Past, Present and Future

Posted on: June 25th, 2008 by Farin Salahuddin


"North Tulsa: Greenwood and Beyond" is an important and interesting tour that explores both the African American and Native American experience in North Tulsa...and how the public institutions established by those communities continue to serve even today.

Begin your tour in the Greenwood Cultural Center and learn about the 1921 race riots which began with a seemingly harmless accident and ended with the destruction of 32 square blocks and over 600 businesses owned, operated, managed and patronized by an affluent African American Community. This piece of Tulsa's history has been long neglected and many of the event specifics is unknown by many local residents even today.

After you visit the many important cultural landmarks of North Tulsa (Black Wall Street, The GAP area, The Mabel House, The Kennedy Mansion, Owen name a few) you will have the pleasure of ending this session at the Gilcrease Museum, a must-see stop for anyone visiting the city of Tulsa. Learn about the Native American experience in Oklahoma and explore its impressive collection of fine art from "the Americas".

Prior to 1921 the mixed ethnic community of North Tulsa was uniquely left to progress on its own. The residents built a community with retail, commerce, governement, education....all that a thriving community needs to survive. However, beginning with the debilitating blow of the 1921 race riots and continuing with the urban redevelopment of more recent years, the North Tulsa neighborhood continues on its journey of both suffering and survival.

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Find out why we love Tulsa!

Posted on: June 20th, 2008 by Farin Salahuddin


img_3844.jpgLooking at downtown Tulsa today, you might liken her to someone preparing to go out on a first date. She's all in a frenzy getting her sidewalks ready, smoothing her roads, and just doing about everything she can to make herself look all pretty before meeting her significant other....the BOK arena. September 1 is the date of this romantic interlude when the first game of the season is played and the city plays host to thousands of adoring fans.

img_3839.jpgHowever, if you want to remember what Tulsa looked like when she was just a young lass, take the Downtown Walking Tour and admire many parts of her youth. The walking tour is an approximately two and a half mile brisk walk around the downtown area, going in and out of some of Tulsa's most significant buildings. These structures not only let you peek at what she looked like in her glory days...but also gives you clues as to what this city plans to look like when she's all grown up.

But don't go just by her pretty new looks. Tulsa's beauty lies more than skin deep. Come on this tour and find out all that Tulsa has to offer.


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