The 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 and a site for public programs. Be sure to visit our new student-curated exhibit, "Stories of the Road." A reception for the exhibit will be held on Feb. 4 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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 Tolar Farm in Dickson 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.
New Heritage Development Plans

New Heritage Development Plans

CHP staff and students recently completed three new heritage development plans: Dunbar Rosenwald School (Loudon County), Liberty Hall (Rutherford County), and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Site (Fentress County). Each of these are available in the Partnership Projects Database on our Web site.
Follow Us on Instagram

Follow Us on Instagram

If you are not already following our Instagram page, mtsu_chp, resolve to do so in 2019! A recent post highlighted the Kritser House (c. 1847), which we documented along the Santa Fe Trail in Missouri.
Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU to Address New Social Studies Practice Standards in Upcoming Workshop

Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU to Address New Social Studies Practice Standards in Upcoming Workshop

With Tennessee poised to implement new social studies standards in 2019-2020, Teaching with Primary Sources–MTSU will be offering a number of workshops in the coming months. See https://library.mtsu.edu/tps/workshops.