Help Preserve Historical Photographs at Community Scanning Day

Photo: Main Street Murfreesboro

Main Street Murfreesboro is celebrating National Historic Preservation Month in May by hosting two “Community Scanning Day” events. Preserving historical photographs is a great way to ensure that the rich history of Murfreesboro is documented and accessible for future generations.

Scan days have been scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd, from 10am until 2pm and May 9th, 10am-2pm, at the Historical Research Center and Archives building located at 435 Rice Street, Murfreesboro, TN. 37129.

Please bring photographs to either session to be scanned and preserved digitally. Main Street Murfreesboro is looking for specific photographs taken within the boundaries of the historic downtown district from the 1800’s to 1980 that represent the following subjects: original downtown buildings and businesses, historical figures downtown at events such as parades, political ceremonies, activities, celebrations, etc. Also, downtown streetscape and building façade changes over the decades.

All participants donating the use of their scanned photos to Main Street Murfreesboro for marketing and promotional purposes will be asked to sign an archive ‘release form.’ When you arrive, you will have access and support to scan your photos for preservation in digital form for you to save. Please bring a thumb drive if you would like to save your scanned digital copies to take home.

The Rutherford County Archives is a hidden treasure downtown ready to help individuals in our community with preserving our history. If you are looking for research on personal information or historical information, they are ready to help. The Historical Research Center is a branch of the Rutherford County library system and free to all community members. For more information on the Research Center: Historic Photo Collection- Rutherford County, TN (

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