Shades of Gray and Blue: Reflections of Life in Civil War Tennessee was designed to place images of works of art and material culture objects within easy reach of teachers and students of Tennessee history. This digital collection is the culmination of three years of research and collaboration between the MTSU James E. Walker Library, Vanderbilt University’s Jean and Alexander Heard Library, and the Center for Historic Preservation. It was funded, in part, by the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. The images, many available here for the first time, are presented in the context of themes and stories on this website, with teacher-designed lesson plans for each theme. Full catalog records direct scholars to additional resource and repositories, making Shades of Gray and Blue valuable for researchers at all levels.
News and updates for many of the CHP’s activities can be found within, including the CHP’s work with Engel Stadium in Chattanooga and ongoing Civil War Trails program. The latest members of the Tennessee Century Farms program are also featured.
The third official symposium for the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission will take place on Saturday, March 22nd in Fayetteville, Tennessee. The theme of this free and open-to-the-public event is “The Road to New Orleans.” Tennessee State Historian and CHP director Dr. Carroll Van West will provide opening and closing remarks for the day’s events, which will feature presentations from many of Tennessee’s pre-eminent historians as well as living history demonstrations and a tour of Camp Blount. Former University of Tennessee head football coach will also be present, speaking on “What it Means to be a Volunteer.”
A workshop for educators is being offered in conjunction with this event on Friday, March 21st. Teaching with Primary Sources at MTSU, along with the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be hosting this event with the theme “The Road to New Orleans: Teaching the War of 1812.”
Included within are updates about the projects to which our staff and students are contributing, as well as an overview of a new expansion of the CHP, the American Democracy Project at MTSU, a vibrant program that focuses on undergraduate education, citizenship, & community outreach.
The Dorothy Williams Potter Scholarship supports M.A. and Ph.D. students who serve as graduate assistants at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. The scholarship was established in honor of Mrs. Dorothy Williams Potter, Honorary State President of the Tennessee Society Colonial Dames, for her service to the Society in state and national offices. The first scholarship award was granted in 1995 and grants have been awarded annually thereafter.
Donors may also go directly to the online giving page.
The Center for Historic Preservation is proud to announce that our very own Jessica White will be taking a position with the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission. White graduated from the MTSU Public History Program in May 2013. Since that time she has worked as the Fieldwork Preservationist for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. White has been instrumental in the completion of several projects for the TCWNHA including the recent design and installation of museum exhibits at the Longstreet Headquarters Museum in Russellville, TN and Parker’s Crossroads, TN. We are sad to see her go, but we know she will be a wonderful addition to the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission. Best of luck Jessica!
Interested in learning more about how the Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield exhibit came to be?
The Center for Historic Preservation is proud to present “Southern Rambles,” a blog that follows the progress of the CHP through feature posts written by staff members and graduate assistants. Click the photos below to read an associated post, or visit the homepage at chpblog.org.
Over the last year, there have been many changes here at the Center for Historic Preservation. Students have graduated and secured jobs in the field. Long-time staff members have retired or moved on to new opportunities. A dear friend and colleague lost his battle against a lengthy illness.
But now all the new staff are in place, and we are excited about moving forward into this new phase of the Center’s work.
A New Vision
On October 15,we held our 1st planning retreat as the new team, and we began the process of creating a new vision for the center that reflects the legacy we have inherited as well as the future we envision. We would like to share it with you, our friends, partners and colleagues. Read the newsletter for more information about our new direction. Also, did you realize the 2014-2015 academic year is our 30th anniversary? Be watching for chances to celebrate with us! The staff are making plans …
The Center for Historic Preservation proudly announces the release of its own special Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial publication, Plowshares and Swords: Tennessee Farm Families Tell Civil War Stories by Caneta S. Hankins and the late Michael Gavin. This hard-bound limited edition (900 copies) book covers the entire state and brings out stories of war, homefront, occupation, and emancipation in ways unlike any other book on the Civil War in Tennessee. These stories come from families who remain on the land, standing where their ancestors stood and experienced the trials and tribulations of the Civil War era. The book also includes over a hundred images of the farms and the families, including scores of historic images never before published.
Plowshares & Swords costs $55, shipping included.
Please send check or money order to:
Center for Historic Preservation
Attn: Civil War Book
P.O. Bo 80 MTSU
Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
About the Authors
Caneta S. Hankins directed the Tennessee Century Farms project from 2002-2013 and has recently retired from the Center after a 30+ year career. Michael T. Gavin, who passed away in 2013, was the Preservation Specialist of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area from 2002-2012.
The CHP’s very own Aleia Brown has an article in the October / November issue of Timeline, a publication of the Ohio Historical Society. The article is titled Visions of African American Identity “Black Family Month II.” It’s her second publication. Congratulations, Aleia!