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.
Civil War Book Group

Civil War Book Group

Join us at the Heritage Center in Murfreesboro on April 18 and 25 to discuss The Diary of Nannie Haskins Williams: A Southern Woman's Story of Rebellion and Reconstruction, 1863-1890. Lead editor Dr. Minoa Uffelman will join us for the April 25 meeting and give us a preview of her next Civil War diary project.
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/
Hiwassee River Heritage Center Interpretive Trail Now Open

Hiwassee River Heritage Center Interpretive Trail Now Open

Partners and supporters of the Hiwassee River Heritage Center in Charleston recently celebrated the official opening of a new interpretive trail. Trail of Tears project historian Amy Kostine developed the content for the signage along the trail. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center is a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail .