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Next Meeting is Monday, August 17, at the Rutherford County Archive Building, 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Hugh E. Berryman received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.  Currently, he is a research professor with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Forensic Institute for Research and Education at Middle Tennessee State University.

He served on the faculty of the Department of Pathology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, and as Director of the Regional Forensic Center, Memphis, Tennessee from 1980 to 2000.  While in Memphis, he taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis, and provided lectures at the Smithsonian Institute, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Nashville.  In 2000, he provided private consulting in forensic anthropology and was Associate Director of the Southern Institute of Forensic Sciences until 2005.  During this time he co-taught courses at the University of New Orleans, Colorado State University, and Missouri Western.

Dr. Berryman provides forensic anthropology consultation to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (U.S. war dead identification), and the Office of the Tennessee State Medical Examiner.  He is serving his third term on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropologists.  In addition to forensic anthropology, Dr. Berryman is a Master Tracking Instructor and for years has provided visual mantracking training to law enforcement and military in both the United States and Canada.  His research interests include bone trauma and bone fracture interpretation, and he has published in excess of 50 articles in scientific journals and as chapters in books.  Most recently, he was invited to be a member of a scientific research team under the direction of the Smithsonian Institute to examine Kennewick Man, a 9300-year-old skeleton from the Columbia River Valley in Washington.


NEW: RCHS Logo Items

Did you know the Rutherford County Historical Society is offering logo items for sale?  Ask your friends to join the Society so they too can enjoy the benefits of membership while supporting our local history.

Currently these items are not available for purchase online so be sure to attend Monday night’s meeting and/or visit the Ransom School House Museum Saturday mornings from 9AM-noon.

Member prices for hats $10, coffee mugs $8, one pencil FREE with purchase!

Member prices for hats $10, coffee mugs $8, one pencil FREE with purchase!


NEW: Rutherford Ramblings by Greg Tucker

'Rutherford Ramblings', the latest book from our very own Greg Tucker.

This is the latest stories and tales from Rutherford County that our County Historian has collected.  The book is now available for purchase. “Rutherford Ramblings” by Greg Tucker. Here are the latest stories and tales from Rutherford County that our County Historian has collected.  Cost: $24 + $6 shipping and handling.  Send check made to RCHS, P. O. Box 906, Murfreesboro, TN 37133-0906.







Ransom School House is open on Saturday Mornings

The Eliza and Belle Ransom School House

The Eliza and Belle Ransom School House

The Ransom School House is now open on Saturdays, 9AM-12AM (noon).  If you would like to come and do research using our publications, purchase any of our publications, or just take a tour of the 1920s classroom and the building itself, someone will be there to greet you and assist you. We also need members to greet visitors. For further information or to sign up, contact: Gwen Boyd – 895-0028 Please tell your friends to visit the Ransom School House at 717 North Academy Street soon!




RCHS Publications 1-39 are now available online!

The Rutherford County Historical Society put out publications of the county’s history from the first year the Society was formed.  During the first years two publications a year were produced and available to dues-paying members. The publications were about 80-100 pages in length. Later because of printing costs, there was just one publication per year; then every other year, until Publication 39.  Frow Chips as a 10-page newsletter/history periodical which began in 2003 replaced these publications. Publications 1-39 were to be mailed to members who had paid dues, which proved to be expensive and mailing was discontinued, and is why we still have some of them on hand in our storeroom at the Ransom School Museum. Some of Publications 1-39 are out of print, but we still have others which can be purchased for 50¢.  MTSU’s digital library has made all these publications available on-line at:

Our Rutherford County Archive

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

Please click on the above logo to visit the Rutherford County Archive site.

The Archives’ staff can assist you with researching county government records, genealogy requests, historical property information, class assignments, and so much more.

Information and/or requests concerning actual copies of court records may be obtained from the Rutherford County Archives, 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130, (615) 867-4609 or

Rutherford County Historical Society Officers:

President: Joyce Johnson
Vice-President: Jeff Adcock
Secretary: Teresa Wrather Kant
Treasurer: Gwendolyn Hopkins Boyd
Program Chairmen: Dr. E. C. Tolbert and Bruce Johnson
Editor: Susan G. Daniel
Web Master: Frank Caperton

Board Members:

James “Toby” Francis
Vicki Norton
Greg Tucker
Ben Weatherford
Nell Blankenship (Emeritus)
Ernest K. Johns (Emeritus)
Alice N. Ray (Emeritus)

Rutherford County Historical Society Chairmanships

Museum Coordinator:  Gwen Boyd
Chairman of Committees:  Jeff Adcock
Landscape Chairman:  E.C. Tolbert
Publication Chairman:  Vicki Norton

2014-2015 RCHS Board

2014-2015 Rutherford County Historical Society Board