Another CHP Alumni Placement Success Story

9144b6f83071f241cd21dbc8_209x209The 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?

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General Longstreet Museum sign Parker's Crossroads Battlefield exhibit preparations Longstreet's Billet sign


Parker's Crossroads Battlefield exhibit

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Fall 2013 CHP Newsletter

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The fall 2013 edition of Common Bond, the Center for Historic Preservation’s newsletter, is now available, and it includes updates from each of our programs.


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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 …

Plowshares and Swords

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.


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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

Plowshares and Swords author Caneta Skelley HankinsCaneta 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.


Barns of Tennessee book coverHankins and Gavin also collaborated on the award-winning book, Barns of Tennessee published in 2008.

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