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 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.
Steele Creek Park

Steele Creek Park

One of our first projects of the new year was a conditions assessment of the mid-nineteenth-century Steele-Lovett Cabin in Bristol, Tennessee. The cabin was recently acquired by Steele Creek Park in Bristol. The Friends of Steele Creek Park plan to incorporate the historic cabin into the park's public programming.
Woman Suffrage Symposium

Woman Suffrage Symposium

Mark your calendars for this year's Woman Suffrage Symposium in Memphis. The symposium will take place on March 30, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at the Pink Palace Museum. There will also be a teacher workshop on March 29. The Center and Teaching with Primary Sources--MTSU are proud sponsors of these events.
Townsend School

Townsend School

We are proud to be working with alumni and supporters of the historic Townsend School in Franklin County, Tennessee. We are researching the rich history of the school, including the contributions of Sergeant "Doc" Anderson Townsend, who was enslaved before the Civil War and served in the United States Colored Troops.