NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2019) - One of the oldest historic preservation organizations in the country, the Andrew Jackson Foundation, formerly known as the Ladies' Hermitage Association, will celebrate 130 years of preserving and sharing the legacy of Andrew Jackson and his home with an evening at Vanderbilt University's John Seigenthaler Center.
Former Andrew Jackson Foundation regent the Honorable Emily J. Reynolds will moderate a panel of historians, preservationists and longtime members of the Andrew Jackson Foundation as they share the stories of the women who preserved Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and how their work helped blaze a trail for female activists and preservation in the United States. Reynolds, a Nashville native, is the former chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee and served as the 31st secretary of the U.S. Senate from 2003 to 2007.
The Andrew Jackson Foundation was formed in 1889 after the passing of Andrew Jackson's daughter-in-law, Sarah Yorke Jackson. The organization was composed of prominent Nashville women, including Jackson's descendants, with the common mission to save and preserve the legacy of The Hermitage. The public is welcome to attend the event free of charge.
WHAT: Sharing Our Legacy: 130 Years of the Ladies' Hermitage Association
WHEN: Friday, April 5 Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Featured panel to begin at 7 p.m.
WHERE: John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University 1207 18th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212
Interviews with a representative from The Hermitage may be available by advance request.
About Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America's first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 20 historic buildings, including Jackson's mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens. In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as the history of slavery have enhanced the experience of nearly 230,000 annual visitors. For more information, visit www.thehermitage.com.