Bradley Academy Museum to hold heritage fest

The Murfreesboro Post, September 26, 2009 Education, music and turnip green cook-off among Oct. 24 activities. Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center is having its inaugural Heritage Festival Art Contest.  The contest will be held in conjunction with the Rutherford County African American Heritage Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,…

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The New Deal in Murfreesboro

The Linebaugh Library & MTSU History Department, Spring 2009 Murfreesboro’s Linebaugh Library and the Middle Tennessee State University Department collaborated on a tri-fold brochure regarding the Great Depression’s ‘New Deal‘  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Millionaire couple helped save Judy Garland’s dad

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, September 20, 2009 Millionaire couple helped save Judy Garland’s dad – The Murfreesboro Post In the turn of the 20th century days, a millionaire husband and wife dominated the social scene in Murfreesboro. Tempe Swoope and George M. Darrow were their names.  Neither were Rutherford…

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Bradley Academy to begin recording African-American cemeteries

The Murfreesboro Post, August 9, 2009 The Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center in Murfreesboro is starting a new project to record all of the African American cemeteries in Rutherford County. This unprecedented project has never been accomplished before, and we feel a strong urgency to record those that have…

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Smyrna’s Sam Davis Home is Civil War gem

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, April 19, 2009 Next to Stones River National Battlefield, the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna is probably the most interesting and best-preserved Civil War site in Rutherford County. Born on Oct. 6, 1842 in Rutherford County, Sam Davis grew up in the upper middle class…

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Civil War resources abound

The Murfreesboro Post, April 3, 2009 Stones River National Cemetery:  The federal government established Stones River National Cemetery by means of an order issued by Major Gen. George H. Thomas to Brig. Gen. Horatio Van Cleve on March 29, 1864.  Assistant Quartermaster Captain John Means selected the site, designed the…

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Bradley Academy Museum celebrates the African American female

The Murfreesboro Post, March 11, 2009 During the month of April, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center will present The African American Female Experience, which is a month-long celebration of the African American female and the essence of who she is. The African American female has suffered, endured, struggled, and…

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The man who would have burned New York City

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, February 1, 2009 Col. Robert M. Martin looked the part of a Confederate war hero. He was one of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s stalwarts who stood 6-feet-tall with steely blue eyes and mustache and goatee. Martin, in his mid-20s, was…

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Bradley Academy member drive, history initiatives

The Murfreesboro Post, February 1, 2009 As part of its celebration of 200 years, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center will initiate three new projects during the month of February. The center will kick off its first museum membership drive, begin an African American Cemetery Identification project and also initiate…

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Rutherford County’s Top 10 endangered sites

Michelle Williard, Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2009 History abounds in Rutherford County and so does development, but they don’t have to be exclusive, the Heritage Foundation of Rutherford County said. The county has grown exponentially in population and construction in the last 20 years. With the growth has come the…

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