The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area tells the whole story of America's greatest challenge, 1860-1875: the powerful stories of vicious warfare, the demands of the homefront and occupation, the freedom of emancipation, and the enduring legacies of Reconstruction.
We provide leadership and support to organizations across Tennessee, creating opportunities for education, interpretation, preservation, and economic development.
Leveraging federal, state, local and private funding, we empower communities and individuals to serve as good stewards of their historic places and stories. Professional Services and Outreach helps property owners and organizations develop heritage programs and projects. Through Collaborative Partnerships, organizations, local governments, and non-profits can apply for 50/50 matching funds for projects including interpretive tours, exhibits, educational materials, and preservation planning. For a copy of the application and instructions, click here.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
The Heritage Area serves on the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which plans events, educational opportunities, and heritage tourism opportunities for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. For more information on how to participate as well as the next signature event in Franklin in November 2014, visit www.tncivilwar150.com. To read Dr. Van West's remarks from the first signature event, click here.
Tennessee Civil War Trails
The Heritage Area partners with the Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation to implement the statewide Tennessee Civil War Trails marker and signage program. To follow the Trail, visit
Tennessee Civil War 150 Series
Nashville Public Television and the Renaissance Center have created a number of documentaries that explore life in Tennessee during the Civil War. These award winning documentaries focus on a number of topics, including music, religion, the role of women, the experiences of African-Americans, and railways. To watch these documentaries, visit http://www.nptinternal.org/productions/civilwar/home/.
National Heritage Area designation was conceived by community and National Park Service leaders looking for a new approach to conserve and develop the historic Illinois and Michigan. The National Heritage Areas approach was ground-breaking. Continued interest in the NHA approach is a testament to the benefits of community-driven, landscape-scale preservation, conservation, and development.
According to an NPS/ANHA 2013 economic impact report, the 49 NHAs contribute $12.9 Billion to the U.S. Economy annually, primarily through increased visitation and tourism. Funds are used to carry out diverse preservation, conservation, recreation and education projects.
Join the national celebration on the NPS Heritage & Historic Preservation Facebook and Twitter sites - www.facebook.com/HHPreservItNPS and https://twitter.com/HHPreservItNPS. For more information on National Heritage Areas, including an interactive map and economic impact data, visit http://www.nps.gov/heritageareas/.