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.

New Reconstruction Driving Tour Available

For heritage tourism visitors and residents alike, there is a booklet to almost 100 properties that tell how the decade after the Civil War--what is called the Reconstruction era--changed Tennessee and Tennesseans. Tennessee's Reconstruction Past: A Driving Tour highlights historic churches, schools, cemeteries and communities. Prepared by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the guide encourages everyone to visit the sites across the state and explore our Reconstruction legacies.

Restoration Guide for Historic Log Buildings on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Our latest publication in partnership with the National Park Service's National Trails Intermountain Region is a Restoration Guide for Historic Log Buildings on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The booklet includes an introduction to log buildings on the Trail, written by Amy Kostine, the CHP's Trail of Tears project historian. It also features a hands-on section that reviews restoration problems and provides solutions, adapted from a previous log building guide written by the late Michael T. Gavin for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. The booklet is available as a PDF or in hard copy. Please contact Amy Kostine at amy.kostine [AT] mtsu.edu for more information.

The Legacy of the War of 1812 in Tennessee

Mark your calendars for "The Legacy of the War of 1812 in Tennessee" symposium, to be held at the Morton Museum of Collierville History on September 26th from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public. The Center for Historic Preservation is proud to be one of the sponsors, and CHP director Dr. Carroll Van West will be one of the presenters. Here is the full schedule: 9:00-9:15 am: Coffee and Snacks 9:15-9:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks Dr. Carroll Van West, Director, Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State Historian 9:30-10:15 am: "The War of 1812: The Impact on Tennessee’s Native Americans” Toye Heape, Native History Association; Board Member, Tennessee Historical Commission 10:15-10:30 am: Break 10:30-11:15 am: “Building a New West Tennessee: County Formation and Politics” Dr. Tom Kanon, Tennessee State Library and Archives 11:15-11:45 am: “A Final Legacy: Trail of Tears in West Tennessee” Dr. Carroll Van West, Director, Center for Historic Preservation, Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee State Historian 11:45-noon Closing Remarks and Panel Discussion Myers Brown, Tennessee State Library and Archives; Chair, Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission 12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch on your own 1:30-2:30 pm: Tour of Tennessee State Museum Traveling Exhibition and living history demonstrations at the Morton Museum