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. The Center is also a learning lab for MTSU students.

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. (Photo by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services.)

Nashville Architecture Book Published by CHP Director

Nashville Architecture: A Guide to the City, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press, documents the city’s architectural transformation over two centuries. Written by Dr. Carroll Van West, this CHP collaboration with the Metro Historical Commission of Nashville and Davidson County and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Middle Tennessee represents years of research with former students and colleagues, including Tara Mielnik, Anne-Leslie Owens, Laura Rost, Scarlett Miles, Blythe Semmer, Jeanne Holder, Margaret Slater, Ophelia Payne, and others.

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

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.

Visit "Southern Places"

Southern Places is a digital collection preserving the visual archives of thirty years of fieldwork by the Center for Historic Preservation (CHP). The collection, which is growing steadily as more and more files are scanned and added, includes 1800 objects at present. In addition to color photographs of many out-of-the-way historic sites (some no longer extant), Southern Places also includes historic photographs, research notes, and hand-drawn site plans.