- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) - The National Park Service is opening its Collections Preservation Center in East Tennessee next week to maintain items from five parks in Appalachia.

A ceremony is set for 10 a.m. May 6 at the center in Townsend. A public open house will follow. A five-park exhibit will also be open to the public at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center next door on the same day.

The 14,000-square-foot facility will allow the National Park Service to take care of more than 418,000 artifacts and 1.3 million archival records from the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Obed Wild and Scenic River.

Included in the collections are household items, photographs and archaeological specimens.

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