(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Representative Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) and State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) have begun drafting a resolution calling for the visitor center at the Tipton-Haynes Historical Site to be named in honor of Dr. Penny McLaughlin in recognition of her 25 years of dedicated service to the historical site.
The visitor center, located on the grounds of the 45-acre state-owned site in Johnson City, will be known as the “Penny McLaughlin Education and Museum Center” in honor of Dr. McLaughlin. She served as Executive Director of the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site from 1991-2015 and was a trustee for an additional year.
“Dr. McLaughlin’s passion and dedication to our historical site is unparalleled, and naming the visitor center in her honor is a small way we can thank her for her service,” said Representative Hill. “We are grateful to Dr. McLaughlin for helping preserve our important local history and ensure that current and future citizens better understand the important events that shaped our narrative.”
Hill and Crowe’s resolution is expected to be introduced early in the upcoming legislative session. The Tennessee General Assembly officially convenes on Jan. 8, 2019.