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 Cox Family Farm in Benton 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 Exhibit Panels for the Clay County Courthouse

New Exhibit Panels for the Clay County Courthouse

Center staff and students recently traveled to Celina to set up nine exhibit panels at the historic Clay County Courthouse. The theme of the exhibit is "Flowing Through Time Along the Upper Cumberland: Life in Clay County." We worked with local partners and the Upper Cumberland Development District.
Heritage Center Holiday Hours

Heritage Center Holiday Hours

Happy Holidays from the Center for Historic Preservation! Both our campus office and the Heritage Center downtown will be open through December 21st. The Center for Historic Preservation will resume office hours January 2nd and the Heritage Center will reopen January 7th. Have a safe and happy holiday season!
2017-2018 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report

With our 2017-2018 Annual Report for the Center and the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, we share updates on our recent projects and programs across the state and beyond. We have enjoyed working with our students and our partners to interpret and promote Tennessee's historic assets.