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Heritage Center of Murfreesboro Hosts Free Brown Bag Lunch Lectures

In celebration of Murfreesboro’s Bicentennial “Our Military” month, The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County will host a series of free public Brown-Bag Lunch Lectures each Wednesday during March from noon until 1 p.m.

The Heritage Center is located just off the city’s Public Square at 225 W. College St., the corner of West College and North Walnut streets.

Weekly topics are:

  • “Religion and the Army of Tennessee,” March 7—Traci Nichols-Belt and Gordon Belt will share excerpts from their new book, “Onward Southern Soldiers: Religion and the Army of Tennessee in the Civil War,” which explores the impact of religion on every rank and uses diaries, letters, journals and sermons;
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    The public is invited to bring their lunches and listen to the free lectures.  

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

    For more information about the event, please call The Heritage Center at 615-217-8013 or visit the Heritage Center’s website at www.hcmrc.org.

     

    • “Women in Occupied Murfreesboro,” March 14—Dr. Antoinette van Zelm, historian for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, will bring Murfreesboro and Rutherford County’s Civil War home front to life through the words of three young Confederate women who kept Civil War diaries: C. Alice Ready, Kate Carney and Emma Lane;
    • “Murfreesboro’s Civil War,” March 21—Dr. Carroll Van West, TCWNHA director, will tell how the Civil War affected Murfreesboro and Rutherford County from March 1862 to the end of the conflict; and
    • “The Most Overlooked Battle,” March 28—Jim Lewis, park ranger at Stones River National Battlefield, will share important details of the Battle of Stones River (Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863).