Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee, spoke at Belmont University this morning, delivering the keynote address of Belmont’s Women’s History Month activities. Wife of Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, Conte spoke on her work restoring and preserving the Tennesee Residence.
The Tennessee Residence was built in 1931 and became the third governor’s mansion in 1949. Eight former governors have called the mansion home. Guests to the mansion include Billy Graham, Elvis Presley, Minnie Pearl, Johnny and June Carter Cash and presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
The Restoration and Preservation of Tennessee’s Residence project was spearheaded by First Lady Conte in 2003 and is the first restoration project since the home was built more than 70 years ago. It is her goal to restore the Tennessee Residence’s architectural features and provide contemporary updates while preserving the historic integrity of the house and property.
Upcoming events in conjunction with Women’s History Month include:
Patricia Yancey Martin, “Social Justice and Rape Work: Has Feminism Failed Rape Victims?” – Monday, March 6, 10 a.m., Multimedia Hall, Lila D. Bunch Library
Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, National Chair, Million Voices for Darfur – Wednesday, March 28, 10 a.m., Boardroom, Jack C. Massey Business Center