The Heritage Area provides a variety of experienced-based, hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and PhD level students.
Torren Gatson (B.A. in History from North Carolina Central University; M.A. in History with a concentration in Public History from North Carolina Central University) is in his first year of the PhD Public History Program. This semester he is working on a publication for Polk-Clark School, which was a Rosenwald school and African American high school in Gibson County, and various projects at the Heritage center. His research interest includes twentieth Century African American, and U.S. South, as well as historic preservation and museum management.
Joseph M. Bryan (B.A. in History, University of Alabama) is in his second year of the M.A. in Public History at MTSU. This semester he is staffing the Downtown Heritage Center and creating trail markers for the TCWNHA. His research interestes include industrial and transportation history.