Carolyn Brackett is Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She works on preservation and heritage tourism projects across the country as part of the National Trust’s National Treasures program. Her work includes program organization and management, historic site and destination marketing and interpretation, historical research, resource assessments, technical assistance and training, and strategic planning.
Carolyn is currently project manager for the Music Row National Treasures project in Nashville which includes working with local partners to document Music Row’s history, prepare a preservation-oriented design plan and develop plans to tell Music Row’s story to residents and visitors. She is also working on the Clayborn Temple National Treasure.
Carolyn's involvement in heritage tourism began when she joined the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. From 1990-1992, she served as the tourism department’s State Coordinator for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Heritage Tourism Initiative. She worked with four multi-county areas to develop collaborative heritage tourism programs. The demonstration program was the basis for creating the National Trust’s four steps and five principles for heritage tourism development which are used by communities across the country today.
In 1993, Carolyn served as Executive Director of Historic Nashville Inc., Nashville’s nonprofit preservation organization. From 1994-1996, she served as Director of Statewide Projects for Tennessee 200, Inc., the state’s nonprofit organization established to develop bicentennial projects. Projects included a Tennessee Civil War Heritage Trail guidebook in partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission. From 1997-2001, Carolyn served as Director of Marketing for The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, in Nashville, Tennessee where she developed the site’s first marketing plan.
Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.