Lane Tillner

Acting Executive Aide


the Center for Historic Preservation


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Lane TillnerLane graduated in August 2019 with her Ph.D. in Public History from MTSU. The title of Lane’s dissertation is “Rinking Remixed: The Cultural Creation, Typology, and Preservation of Historic Roller Skating Rinks.” It explores historic roller rinks as sites of significant cultural and social history, as well as examples of a unique building typology. It further argues that the preservation of this resource type provides greater insight into how sites of play and recreation, though often overlooked in traditional historical narratives, contribute to social history, youth culture, and music culture.

As a graduate research assistant at the Center, Lane administered the Heritage Center and created exhibits there. She also assisted with an inventory of the Tennessee Governor’s residence in partnership with the Tennessee State Museum. She contributed to the Northeast Nashville History project and the Moore Farm heritage development plan. Her research interests include historic roller rinks, 20th-century architecture, cultural history, roadside culture, and historic recreation and leisure.

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