5th Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference--Register Now!

Hosted by the Center for Historic Preservation, the 5th Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference will take place at MTSU from October 24-27, 2018. Registration is open at this link, and you can find a preliminary program here.

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. More than 1,800 farms have been recognized, with at least one farm in each of Tennessee's counties. Shown here is the McDonald Craig Farm in Perry County.

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, holds workshops across the state for K-12 teachers and librarians. Here, teachers analyze a primary source at a workshop in Chattanooga.

Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area

As a program of the Center for Historic Preservation, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area provides leadership and support to organizations across the state, creating opportunities for education, interpretation, preservation, and economic development. Image of Grand Junction, Tennessee, a key site in Tennessee's emancipation story. From Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (1896).

Preservation Guides

We have several preservation guides that provide hands-on tips and historical background essays for resources in historic African American communities and along the Trail of Tears. We will soon be adding more about historic cemetery preservation to our Web site.
Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch

Hank Snow's Rainbow Ranch

Center director Dr. Carroll Van West and fieldwork coordinator Savannah Grandey have been working with the Metro Historical Commission in Nashville to acquire historic designation for Rainbow Ranch in Madison, Tennessee, the former home of country music star Hank Snow. Pictured here is the barn, where Snow kept his show horse Shawnee.
Upcoming Cemetery Workshop

Upcoming Cemetery Workshop

Join us for a cemetery preservation workshop at the historic Smithville Cemetery on Saturday, October 20th. Center research professor Stacey Graham will present information about historic cemeteries, and then participants will learn proper techniques for cleaning tombstones and get some hands-on experience. Please contact Stacey Graham to register.
Researching Roller Rinks

Researching Roller Rinks

Center graduate research assistant and Public History Program Ph.D. candidate Lane Tillner is studying the architecture of roller rinks for her dissertation. Most recently, her research and fieldwork took her to Ohio, where she photographed the Indian Lake Rollarena in Russells Point.