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Construction to Begin on Smokies History and Archive Facility

Senator Lamar Alexander, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, GSMNP Acting Superintendent Pedro RamosSenator Lamar Alexander, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, GSMNP Acting Superintendent Pedro RamosAt an event on March 3 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell for the unveiling of construction plans of the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility that will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records.

“East Tennesseans feel like we own the park because many of our families did,” Alexander said. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the way of life of those mountain families who once lived here. This is great news for everyone who loves the Great Smoky Mountains, and I thank Secretary Jewell for making this happen. Her efforts, combined with the commitment of park service employees and generosity of friends of the Smokies, ensures that we will be able to preserve the history of those families.”

The Joint Curatorial Collections Facility will be located near the Townsend park entrance and will preserve 422,000 historical artifacts and 450,000 archival records. The total cost for funding the facility is $3.4 million, more than half of which is being provided through private donations.

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