(WBIR - Sevier County) A new $4.3 million facility will be home to hundreds of thousands of pieces of Smoky Mountain history.

Senator Lamar Alexander announced Friday the Joint Curatorial Collections Facility will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It will include land records, oral histories and photos, as well as vintage clothing weapons and farm tools from homesteads throughout the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

"This is great news for everyone who loves the Great Smoky Mountains, especially because the new center will honor families who once lived in the park," Alexander said. "This was made possible only because of years of effort by dedicated park service employees and by the generosity of friends of the Smokies."

The total cost of the project is projected to be $4.3 million, with $2.3 million coming from private donations.

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