Tennessee Historical Commission

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The Tennessee Historical Commission is a Tennessee state government agency, administratively attached to the Department of Environment and Conservation. Its mission relates to the state's history and historic preservation.


The Commission was originally established as the "Tennessee Historical Committee" in 1919. Following the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the Commission was designated as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). There are 29 Commission members, consisting of 24 members appointed by the Governor (8 per Grand Division) and five ex officio members. As of 2015[when?] the Commission has a professional staff of 15. It administers federal programs including the National Register of Historic Places, Section 106 review, the Certified Local Government Program, survey, and historic tax credits. State programs include historic markers, state-owned historic sites, and the Tennessee Wars Commission.

The Commission's offices are located in Clover Bottom Mansion, an 1850s-era Italianate-style house in Nashville, Tennessee.

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