Leigh Ann Gardner 1118 Olympia Place Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Leigh Ann Gardner
1118 Olympia Place
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: 615-962-8419
Cell: 615-631-4527
[email protected]
M.A. Candidate, Public History, Middle Tennessee State University
Concentrations: Historic Preservation
B.A., History, Mississippi University for Women, 1998
Graduate Research Assistant, 2010-present
Center for Historic Preservation
Middle Tennessee State University
Work Performed: Created webpages on Tennessee’s Rosenwald Schools; graduate
assistant for Tennessee Century Farms Program; currently working on National
Register of Historic Places nomination for Polk-Clark School, a Rosenwald School in
Gibson County, Tennessee
Archival Assistant, 1999-2000
Tennessee State Library and Archives
Work Performed: Processing manuscript collections for public use from point of entry
into library system until collection reached the shelf; insuring older manuscript
collections were not deteriorating; recording meetings of various committees of the
Tennessee General Assembly; preparation of tapes of legislative session for public use
““Breaking that Backbone” – Images of Emancipation and the Great Emancipator.”
Presented at “Images, Sounds, and Meanings of the Civil War.” Kentucky-Tennessee
American Studies Association, May 21, 2011.
Clay County Courthouse Heritage Development Plan (co-author)
Tipton-Haynes Historic Site: History, Conditions Assessment, and Maintenance
Research Interests:
Nineteenth and Twentieth Century African American history
Rosenwald Schools of the American South
Reconstruction communities
Southern History
Tennessee History
Awards and Honors:
High Honors in History, 1998
Vice President, Association of Graduate Students in History at MTSU