By Holly Scott, Marketing Director
March 3, 2014
United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the Smokies over the past few days. She says she’s been here a half-dozen or so times to hike and enjoy the culture of the area, like in 1977 when she spent the summer with her sister who lived in Waynesville, NC.
The purpose of her trip was to join Senator Lamar Alexander and Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to announce the construction schedule for the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility in Townsend, TN, also known as the Collections Preservation Center. This $4.3 million facility is coming to fruition with nearly $2 million in support from Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountains Association, and will be built on 1.6 acres of land donated by the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center.
The center has been a long time coming. In the words of Senator Lamar Alexander, “Someone had to make the decision, and she did it.” The approval process began a few years ago, and has taken the hard work of recently retired Smokies’ Superintendent Dale Ditmanson, Senator Alexander, and the cooperation from the boards of the Heritage Center, Friends, and GSMA.