Trail of Tears Project Coordinator/Historian
the Center for Historic Preservation
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Amy Kostine is the Trail of Tears Project Coordinator/Historian at the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. Kostine oversees a number of partnership projects with the National Trails Intermountain Region of the National Park Service that are aimed at the preservation and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Those projects have ranged from a nine-state survey to document all historic buildings associated with the Trail, to a Tennessee Trail of Tears brochure, to kiosk and wayside exhibits for David Crockett State Park. In the past, she has also worked on exhibits for the Hiwassee River Heritage Center and the Giles County Trail of Tears Interpretive Center.
Kostine, a native of Syracuse, New York, received her A.S. in photography from Onondaga Community College and her B.A. in history from Le Moyne College. She received her M.A. in history with a concentration in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. Her thesis entitled “Rediscovering Lost Stories: Landmarking Trail of Tears Sites in East Tennessee” explores the sites, stories, and interpretation of the Trail of Tears in East Tennessee, focusing on the Fort Cass and Ross’s Landing emigration depots and internment camps. Her research interests include American Indian history and the history of photography.