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Partners in Historic Preservation

The Metropolitan Historical Commission and Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission partner with many other agencies, organizations, non-profits, and other groups to forward our shared missions of preservation, protection, advocacy, and documentation of Nashville's history and historic places. Some of the partners we work with most often are listed below, although we do work closely with many other groups, including neighborhood associations, historical societies, and historic sites.

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Local Partners

Metro Historical Commission Foundation

The Metro Historical Commission Foundation was founded in 2012 to help the us with out mission and goals through volunteer work and fund-raising efforts to provide resources, materials, and training to our staff, and other preservation activities.

Along with direct donations, you can now support the Metro Historical Commission Foundation through the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Funds given to the foundation from AmazonSmile will directly support historic preservation in Nashville and Davidson County.

Nashville City Cemetery Association

One of our longest-running partnerships, we work together with the Nashville City Cemetery Association to protect, preserve, restore and raise public awareness of the Nashville City Cemetery. We assist the association with events such as the Memorial Day Dash (each May) and the Living History Tour (each October). We also oversee restoration work and burials in the City Cemetery.

Historic Nashville, Inc.

Historic Nashville logoEstablished in 1968, Historic Nashville, Inc. is the local non-profit organization with the mission to promote and preserve the historic places that make Nashville unique. We work together to achieve their dual goals, through programs like our Preservation Awards, their Nashville Nine, and other programs and projects.

Additional Local Partners

State Partners

Tennessee Historical Commission

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The Tennessee Historical Commission is the Statewide Historic Preservation Office. Our staff work closely with Tennessee state officers in making determinations of National Register eligibility, with the investment tax credit program, and in Section 106 review, among other preservation programs.

Tennessee Preservation Trust

The Tennessee Preservation Trust is the state’s only Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust focuses on promoting preservation across Tennessee through education and advocacy. Headquartered in Nashville, they represent thousands of the state’s heritage supporters through individual memberships and partnerships. The statewide preservation conference is sponsored by the trust, and is open for both professional preservationists and laypersons interested in the architectural heritage of the state. We hosted the statewide preservation conference in 2004 and 2012.

Tennessee Historical Society

TN Historical Society logoEstablished in 1849,the purpose of the Tennessee Historical Society is to "promote interest in and preservation of all matters relating to the history of Tennessee."The Tennessee Historical Society hosts lectures and events in all areas of Tennessee history, and publishes the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. The society is also home to Tennessee History Day, a statewide competition for students in grades 6-12. We partner with the society and local schools, providing student mentors and serving as judges in local, district, and statewide competitions.

National Partners

National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has grown into the national non-profit organization in support of historic preservation across the United States. They own historic sites, but focus on outreach, advocacy and education to bring more Americans into the preservation movement. The National Trust hosts an annual conference, the National Preservation Conference, which was held in Nashville in 2009, and a national leadership training seminar, Preservation Leadership Training, in which several of our staff have participated.

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions


The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions is the national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting local historic preservation commissions and the historic resources they help protect. They provide a variety of resources and training to its members, including hosting the biennial FORUM, a national gathering of preservation commissioners, and the popular local training program called CAMP (Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program). We hosted CAMP seminars in Nashville in 2003 and 2012.