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Sharing Our Legacy: 130 Years of the Ladies’ Hermitage Association

April 5

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University
1207 18th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212



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Join us in celebrating the 130th Anniversary of The Andrew Jackson Foundation. Originally named the Ladies’ Hermitage Association, the Foundation is one of the oldest women’s organizations and historic preservation organizations in the country. We invite the community to help us celebrate our founding and 130 years of continuing work with an evening at Vanderbilt University’s John Seigenthaler Center. A panel of historians, preservationists and past Foundation Board members, moderated by former Foundation Regent, The Honorable Emily J. Reynolds, will share stories of the women who preserved Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and how their work helped blaze a trail for women activists and preservation in the United States.

Former Regents

  • Mrs. William G. Coke, Jr. (Fletch), Regent, 1987-1989
  • Mr. Douglas J. Brown, Regent, 2001-2002 (first male regent)
  • Mrs. William C. Koch, Jr. (Debby), Regent, 2013-2015


  • Patricia West is the curator/historian for the National Park Service at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, co-director for the Center for Applied Historical Research at the University of Albany and author of Domesticating History: the Political Origins of America’s House Museums.
  • Carolyn Bracket is a Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, currently leading the Music Row National Treasures project in Nashville.  She is also a former Director of Marketing for The Hermitage.
  • Marsha Mullin, Hermitage Vice President of Museum Services and Chief Curator,  became the Hermitage curator in 1986 and, among many other projects, oversaw the mid-1990s complete interior restoration of the Hermitage mansion.

The 7 p.m. program will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.

This event is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University

1207 18th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212


RSVP: reservations@thehermitage.com