Ryman Designated Historic Landmark

Country fans know the Ryman Auditorium as “The Mother Church of Country Music” and the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. The National Park Service recently named the Nashville hall, built in 1892, a National Historic Landmark. In honor of the designation, the Ryman will host a ceremony Monday morning (June 25) featuring presentations by government dignitaries and Opry and Ryman executives. “If I could pick one structure that truly embodies our country music heritage, it would have to be the Ryman Auditorium,” Congressman Bob Clement said. “The Ryman is a facility of national significance which elicits a certain devotion and reverence from country music stars and fans alike.” Clement was a driving force behind the Ryman’s citation. 06/22/01