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DPA Staff Furthers Relationship with TN State Library & Archives

Scott Williams, president and CEO of Discovery Park of America

Jennifer Wildes, senior director of collections and exhibits at Discovery Park of America

UNION CITY (February 28) – Discovery Park of America president and CEO Scott Williams was recently elected to serve on the board of the Friends of the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The group was established in 2010 to support the activities of the Tennessee State Library & Archives.

The purpose of the Library & Archives is to preserve Tennessee’s legal and civic history and ensure Tennessee’s past is properly preserved and accessible for generations to come.

On April 12, 2021, the Library & Archives moved into a new building located at the intersection of Rep. John Lewis Way North and Jefferson Street in Nashville on the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and across from the Tennessee State Museum.

Additionally, Jennifer Wildes, Discovery Park’s senior director of collections and exhibits, was recently selected to attend the Library & Archives’ Tennessee Archives Institute. Each year, the Archives hosts the institute, a two-day series of workshops, on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation. To graduate from the program with a certificate of archival management, archivists must complete three years of training. The institute also provides participants with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with other archivists and recordkeepers from across the state.

“At Discovery Park, guests discover Tennessee history around every corner. From the Settlement that features a collection of hand-hewn log cabins to our exhibit and statue of David Crockett to our Regional History Gallery, we celebrate and work to preserve our great state’s history here every day,” said Williams. “We’re grateful for the work the Friends of the Library & Archives does, and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future.”

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