Tyler Green, a tour guide for the Rippavilla mansion and battlefield, is this year’s recipient of the Tennessee Historical Commission’s Certificate of Merit after he curated an exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of World War I.
In a program begun in 1975, certificates of merit are presented annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of Tennessee’s heritage during the 12 months prior to the application deadline.
Green curated the exhibit “Come With Me, Boys,” commemorating 100 Years since the end of “The War to End All Wars.” The exhibit honored 1st Lt. Walter S. Yarbrough (1895-1918) and soldiers from Maury County and Tennessee.
Corrine Tomlinson, chairman of Rippavilla Inc., nominated Green for the award. Along with Tomlinson’s nomination letter and application were letters of recommendation from City of Spring Hill Economic Development Coordinator Kayce Williams, Maury County Commissioner and School Teacher Gwynne Evans, and General Motors Facility Area Manager Mike Rayburn.
“I have visited the Winston Churchill Museum in London and, after my tour of the Yarbrough Exhibit, I remarked that Tyler’s exhibit was every bit as good as any room in the Churchill Museum,” Rayburn said.
Green, a Spring Hill High School graduate, is currently an engineering student at Tennessee Tech University.