the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
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Laura Stewart Holder serves as the part-time Federal liaison for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. Holder received a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in public history with emphasis in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, completing her thesis on the establishment and preservation initiatives of the historic African American Natchez Street neighborhood in Franklin. She served as manager for the Heritage Area for four years before moving to a part time role as Federal Liaison.
In her current role, she assists wtih daily operations, publications, and project administration. She has developed heritage tourism initiatives for communities across the state, including driving tours and feasibility studies. She serves on the Governor’s Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and the advisory board of the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, the Mississippi River Natural and Recreational Corridor, and the Alliance of National Heritage Areas Heritage Development Institute. She has also contributed to the online edition of The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.