MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation is a research and public service institute committed to the heritage development—the identification, research, preservation, interpretation, and promotion—of our historic environment. Covering all of Tennessee’s 95 counties, the center programs enhance a sense of place, pride and identity through the documentation, interpretation and preservation of historic sites, landscapes and historical narratives that comprise the Tennessee experience.
The Tennessee State Museum has one of the best Civil War collections in the nation. Find art, history and culture at one of the largest museums in the nation. The museum’s Civil War holdings of uniforms, battle flags and weapons are among the finest in the nation.
An official government manual for the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Blue Book includes details on the organization of the government, maps of the Congressional districts, state Senate districts and state house districts. The book also offers information about past governors, state history and the text of the Tennessee State Constitution.
The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value and promotes library and archival development throughout the state. Resources include African American records, birth, death, census, county, military, Native American and state records, maps, bibliographies, state and governor’s papers and other information. Online exhibits and other resources are available for research.
Since 1849, the Tennessee Historical Society has worked to promote interest in and preservation of Tennessee’s historic sites. Activities include publication of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, public programs and lecture series, special projects such as The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, and active collection of artifacts and documents.
The Tennessee Historical Commission encourages the study of Tennessee’s history for the benefit of future generations. Its goal is to protect, preserve, interpret, operate, maintain and administer historic sites in addition to their many programs related to history and historic preservation.
Tennessee History for Kids is changing the way K-12 students learn about the Volunteer State. More than 5,000 classrooms use this website, videos, posters, brochures and columns to learn Tennessee history, civics and geography. Whether you are a student, teacher, librarian, parent or an interested citizen, check out the webpage making a difference from Mountain City to Memphis.