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."

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 Fogg Hollow Farm (1894) in Hickman 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 Murfreesboro.

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. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Charleston served as a hospital during the war.

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. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center is a key partner in the interpretation and preservation of the Trail of Tears.
Professional Services Partnerships

Professional Services Partnerships

We are taking applications for next academic year's Professional Services Partnerships, which provide communities with an opportunity to take advantage of our knowledge and expertise--at no cost. The next deadline for proposals is June 1, 2019. See https://www.mtsuhistpres.org/community-based-historic-preservation/
Spring 2019 Common Bond

Spring 2019 Common Bond

The Spring 2019 issue of our quarterly newsletter, Common Bond, features an interview with former graduate research assistant Sarah J. Martin. The issue also looks at recent projects on historic schools, a new research project on the Trail of Tears, and a new Web-based digital tool, Places, Perspectives: African American Community-building in Tennessee, 1860-1920.
Discover Tennessee History Conference

Discover Tennessee History Conference

Join Discover Tennessee History on June 4th at Jackson State Community College for our first conference featuring sessions from each of our member organizations. Dr. Carroll Van West, state historian and director of the Center, will give the keynote speech. For more information and to register, visit https://www.tennesseehistory.org/tennessee-history-day/for-educators/discover-tn-history/discover-tennessee-history-conference/.