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New publication by MTSU center looks at Murfreesboro’s history, catalysts

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County has a new publication looking at Murfreesboro’s past, focusing on the areas of education, public health and transportation.

The free guide is designed to accompany the Heritage Center’s exhibits about Murfreesboro.

Cover of the booklet, "The Hub of a Wheel: A Brief Guide to Murfreesboro's Past." It was written by graduate research assistant Aleia Brown and MTSU Center for Historic Preservation director Dr. Carroll Van West.

Cover of the booklet, “The Hub of a Wheel: A Brief Guide to Murfreesboro’s Past.” It was written by graduate research assistant Aleia Brown and MTSU Center for Historic Preservation director Dr. Carroll Van West.

The booklet, “The Hub of a Wheel: A Brief Guide to Murfreesboro’s Past,” was designed by MTSU Creative and Visual Services and written by graduate research assistant Aleia Brown and Center for Historic Preservation director Dr. Carroll Van West.

Dr. Carroll Van West

Dr. Carroll Van West

Following an introductory overview to the town’s history, “The Hub of a Wheel” examines three constant themes of Murfreesboro’s past: education, commitment to public health, and the impact transportation has had on the county.

Historic photographs accompany each section, and the booklet examines the ways in which these themes have shaped local history.

“This booklet provides a great overview of our history and the valuable contributions we have made in the areas of public health and education,” said Leigh Ann Gardner, interpretive specialist for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area.

“It is a fantastic addition to our exhibits on Murfreesboro’s past.”

“The Hub of a Wheel” is free and available at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Heritage Center is located at 225 W. College St. For more information, call 615-217-8013 or visit www.hcmrc.org.

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is a joint venture between the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation’s Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, and the city of Murfreesboro. Additional support comes from Rutherford County government and State Farm Insurance.


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