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"We preserve and promote the unique historic value of the Blount Mansion."
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In this issue:
  • New Faces/New Fiscal Year
  • 230-Year Historical Anniversary
  • A Treasure from Our Museum's Earliest Days
  • State Tourism Leaders Visit Blount Mansion
NEW FISCAL YEAR BRINGS NEW FACES ON BLOUNT MANSION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Blount Mansion's Board of Directors held its annual meeting in our Visitors Center on Monday afternoon, June 21st. This marked the board's first return to in-person meetings since before the pandemic, though we were also able to host some participants remotely via Zoom thanks to a generous donor who provided new A/V equipment for our exhibit room.

Reflecting on the challenges Blount Mansion faced and overcame during the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30th, President Debby Schriver commented, "We have really done remarkable work during this period of time. We've raised more money than we have in years. We have reached out virtually to corners of our state we've never reached before. We really haven't missed a beat."
Blount Mansion Association President Debby Schriver (left) presents a gift to Immediate Past President Jared Smith at the board's annual meeting on June 21st.
During the meeting, Immediate Past President Jared Smith rotated off the board, closing out nine years of continuous service to the Blount Mansion Association. "Over the past decade," Smith stated, "this organization really has transformed, and it's not because of any one person. It's because of how everybody has come together to make it a better place and take ownership."
Melody Hawkins (above, left) and Dean Smith (above, right) are new members of the Blount Mansion Board of Directors.
The board also welcomed two new directors at its meeting. Melody Hawkins is an award-winning public school educator who will assume a new post this fall as an administrator at Austin-East Magnet High School. Though she has worked throughout her career as a middle school science teacher, Hawkins has a passion for history and is excited about helping Blount Mansion grow its educational offerings.

Dean Smith is the North American Chief Operating Officer for Task Force, a Knoxville-based global consulting and administrative support services provider. He is also a US Army combat veteran and the brother of Jared Smith. We appreciate Dean continuing his family's long tradition of service to Blount Mansion.
TREATY OF HOLSTON 230TH ANNIVERSARY
July 2nd marks the 230th anniversary of one of the most important events in the life of William Blount and the history of our state: the signing of the Treaty of Holston on July 2, 1791. Before Knoxville was founded, Blount, the newly-appointed governor of the Southwest Territory, met on the banks of the Holston (now Tennessee) River with more than a thousand Cherokee braves. The resulting treaty brought an end to most Cherokee attacks on settlers, and made the creation of Knoxville and the settlement of the future state possible. It was also a step toward tragedy for the Cherokee, who saw many of the treaty's promises broken in later years.

To read more about the Treaty of Holston, click here to read a blog post Blount Mansion wrote for Visit Knoxville.
The Treaty of the Holston, Mary Utopia Rothrock Collection, McClung Historical Collection.
A TREASURE RETURNED
A treasure from Blount Mansion Association's earliest days is back in our collection, thanks to a thoughtful and conscientious friend.

Emblazoned with the words Honor Roll of Donors, the large, 57-page, hand-lettered book features the names of individuals who contributed financially to Blount Mansion between 1925 and 1945. The first donor listed is our founder, Mary Boyce Temple, who gave $100 on November 20, 1925 and an additional $400 on February 24, 1926. The donations are recorded elsewhere in our records, but our staff has long been aware of the missing ceremonial register of donors.

The book was brought back to us by the son of a now-deceased Blount Mansion volunteer who served on the board decades ago. We are grateful for its return as we prepare to celebrate the association's 100th anniversary in 2025-26.
STATE MARKETING TEAM VISITS BLOUNT MANSION
Blount Mansion hosted a delegation of the Volunteer State's top travel influencers this week. On Wednesday, representatives from the State of Tennessee's Department of Tourist Development in Nashville stopped by for a brief visit. Blount Mansion was their first stop in a full day hosted by the folks at Visit Knoxville. We were proud to give the group a look at the Birthplace of Tennessee!
From left: Mary Katelyn Price, Communications Specialist; Kimberly Leonard, Director of Sales; Jill Kilgore, Public Relations Media Manager; Amanda Stravinsky, Digital Media Manager; Amanda Murphy, Director of Communications; Dave Jones, East Tennessee Division Manager; Zach Ledbetter, Director of Outreach and Engagement; Rob Regg, Director of Marketing; and Michael Jordan, Blount Mansion Director of Marketing and Development.
If you have any questions about the stories in this newsletter, please email Michael Jordan, Blount Mansion Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at mjordan@blountmansion.org.
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