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Wilson County historian Jack Howard honored

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:59 PM

State Sen. Mae Beavers presented a memorial proclamation from the Tennessee General Assembly to the Wilson County Archives and the family of longtime Wilson County Historian Jack Howard. 

Howard died in May. He was 87.

Howard was a native of Wilson County and graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in 1945. He received a bachelor’s degree from Maryville College and master’s degree from George Peabody College. In 1956, Howard joined the faculty at Cumberland University as academic dean. He retired in 1982 from the post and was named academic dean emeritus. In 1990, the Cumberland Board of Trust awarded Howard an honorary doctorate of literacy letters. He remained on the faculty until 1992.

 “Jack Howard was appointed in 2010 by the Wilson County Commission as Wilson County historian. He was the sixth county historian and made a tremendous impact on the office,” said Linda Granstaff and Thomas Partlow, co-directors of the Wilson County Archives. 

Bev Spickard and Jim Goodall, members of the Wilson County Public Records Committee, said, “Jack Howard was a true gentleman. He was an easy going man with a tremendous knowledge of Wilson County history that he enthusiastically shared.”

Howard was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, served as president of the History Association of Wilson County, president of the Lebanon Greater Arts Council, chairman of the Wilson County Library Board and chairman of the Trustees Section of the Tennessee Library Association.

The Wilson County Archives was established in 1995. The office is at 111 S. College St. in Lebanon. The county government, under the direction of the Public Records Commission, operates the Wilson County Archives Department.  The archives building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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