Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County serves as a visitor orientation center that tells Rutherford County's most powerful and compelling stories through permanent and temporary exhibits.

Tennessee Century Farms

Since 1985, the Center for Historic Preservation has honored the dedication and contributions of families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Over 1,500 farms have been recognized, with at least one farm in each of Tennessee's counties.

Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching with Primary Sources – Middle Tennessee State University, a program of the Library of Congress administered for Tennessee educators by the CHP, empowers students and educators to shape their own learning experiences by engaging the world through primary sources.

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

As a program of the Center for Historic Preservation, Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area provides leadership and support to organizations across the state, creating opportunities for education, interpretation, preservation, and economic development.

The American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project at MTSU is the Middle Tennessee chapter of a multi-campus initiative focused on preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.

“‘To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead’: Murfreesboro’s African American Benevolent Groups”

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area Interpretive Specialist Leigh Ann Gardner has an article published in the latest edition of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. “‘To Care for the Sick and Bury the Dead’: Murfreesboro’s African American Benevolent Groups” introduces the roles and importance of fraternal and benevolent groups within the post-bellum African American community. Specifically, Gardner highlights the work of three such groups in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Tennessee Historical Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal published four times a year by the Tennessee Historical Society. It was established in 1942 and covers a broad range of Tennessee history topics. The journal is distributed to members of the Tennessee Historical Society. For membership information, please visit their website www.tennesseehistory.org. Individual editions may also be purchased here.

"Black Friday" Comes to Tennessee Century Farms

To commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and the important role played by Century Farm families, we published Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories last year. For the next three weeks, until December 15, we are offering a special discount on these beautiful, hardback books: $35 for one, $60 for two, or $100 for four. With period images and more than 100 farms represented, these make great gifts! Now you can buy one for every member of your family! To purchase, please mail checks to: Tennessee Century Farms Program Attn: Debbie Sager P.O. Box 80 MTSU Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Please make checks payable to MTSU Foundation-Center for Historic Preservation. Thank you and happy holidays!

Introducing Trials and Triumphs

The Center for Historic Preservation is pleased to present Trials and Triumphs: Tennesseans’ Search for Citizenship, Community, and Opportunity. The collection has been designed to focus on Tennessee’s history between the end of the American Civil War (1865) and the end of World War II (1945), with special emphasis on the meaning of citizenship and how that meaning has changed over time.