Last week, Mayor Karl Dean announced a series of community meetings to solicit ideas from the public for an online encyclopedia of Nashville history and culture, which is scheduled to launch next year. John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center and former editor and publisher of The Tennessean, is serving as executive editor of the online project, called Encyclopedia of Nashville and Davidson County. Carole Bucy, who is the Davidson County historian, will help lead the project and serve as editor-in-chief. Upcoming community meetings include the following: ·Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at South Police Precinct ·Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Library ·Monday, June 30 at 6 p.m. at Green Hills Library · Thursday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Goodlettsville Library ·Monday, July 14 at 6 p.m. at Hermitage Library ·Tuesday, July 17, 6:30 p.m. at Edmondson Library ·Monday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Library · Thursday, July 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Casa Azafran · Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Bellevue YMCA (Fifty Forward area) I was happy I got to attend the Bordeaux meeting this past Tuesday. Nothing excites me more then being able to share the history of our Nashville communities, especially Katie Hill. If you've read any of my previous blogs you know I have been researching our Nashville North By Northeast communities for a while. And it has been challenging and fascinating at the same time. I'm so excited to connect with other people in the community who share the same love and passion for the history that has created the city of Nashville and what it is today. I plan on submitting an article for the encyclopedia about Katie Hill, Heaton's station/ Lock One Park. Exciting stuff and this is why I'm so thankful for a our great Mayor, Karl Dean, and Nasjville is the best place to live in the USA! Please check out one of the meetings if you have time , it's very interesting!