Community-Based Historic Preservation

The MTSU Center for Historic Preservation seeks community-grounded, reciprocal partnerships to better preserve, interpret, and enhance the valuable heritage resources of the Mid-South region. Through our Professional Services Partnerships (download application here), we consider projects within a roughly six-hour radius of the university, as we use these projects as invaluable field-training opportunities for our graduate students. For more information, call 615-898-2947 or e-mail

Current Community-Based Historic Preservation projects include preparing heritage development plans for historic rural schools throughout the South, the Trail of Tears Building Survey for the National Park Service, landmarks for significant properties related to the Civil Rights Movement, and preservation efforts for American Music properties and Music Row in Nashville.

Among the partnerships completed under this program are the Beth Salem Presbyterian Church Preservation Plan, exhibition panels about the Trail of Tears for Red Clay State Park, the Selma Civil Rights Driving Tour Brochure, and the RCA Studio A National Register Nomination. See our Partnerships Projects Database for additional examples of community-based projects.

Beth Salem Grounds Graduate Students Kate Sproul and Sherry Teal at the Moore Farm Selma

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