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2017 TAM and Humanities Tennessee Scholarship Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the Winners!

Tennessee Association of Museums Scholarship Winners

     Gabriel Short - West TN  

Gabriel Short is a Graduate Student at the University of Memphis working on his M.A. in Liberal Studies, as well as Graduate Certificate programs in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management. His thesis is focused on paleontological and archaeological collections justification, and he hopes to produce valuable material in order  to defend federal funds for these subjects. He has worked, interned, and volunteered  in a variety of Memphis museums and libraries, including the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, the Pink Palace Museum, and the Southwest Community College Library Network. He has participated in several archaeological field schools in Memphis, an intensive summer field school in Transylvania, (Romania), and has done a few culture studies during a semester abroad in Japan. 

   Bethany Caldwell -

        Middle TN

Bethany graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Education. While gaining her Bachelor’s degree, Bethany interned at the Tennessee State Museum under the direction of Mr. Brown, gaining first hand knowledge of the field we know and love so well. In addition to working at the Tennessee State Museum she also held a position with Travellers Rest Historic Plantation and Museum. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Archaeology from Bangor University in Wales, UK. Bethany is a 5-year member of the Tennessee Museum Association. Bethany is excited to attend the 2017 TAM Conference and share her passion for history with other Tennessee Association of Museum members.


  Hannah Rexrode -           

          East TN

Hannah Rexrode currently serves as the Education and Volunteer Coordinator for the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, TN. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Africana Studies and English Literature and quickly discovered her passion for education and interpretation. Before relocating to East Tennessee, Hannah worked at Travellers Rest, The Sam Davis Home, and Belle Meade Plantation in the Nashville area.  She is also a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation, and she loves that her career has allowed her to continue learning something new every day!

Humanities Tennessee Scholarship Winners

Bob Holliday, Johnsonville State Park
James Wilkinson, Meeman-Shelby State Park
Cynthia Killian/Justin Morgan, Grundy Co Historical
Alisha Weber & Bo Ashlin, Reelfoot Lake State Park
George Hartz & Don Dowdey, Pleasant Hill Historical
Jennifer Flanagan & Suzanne Geerholt, Historic Rock Castle
Candi Driver & Marisa Dore, Promise Land Heritage Association

Ann Gaines & Greg High, Historic Granville

TN Association of Museums Scholarships

Deadline:  Friday, January 13, 2017

The Tennessee Association of Museums is pleased to announce our joint scholarship program with Humanities Tennessee for the 2017 Annual TAM conference.  

The Tennessee Association of Museums is offering three full scholarships to attend the 2017 Annual Tam Meeting.  These scholarships include conference registration, all meals provided by the conference, two nights lodging at the conference hotel and mileage reimbursement up to $50.  

One scholarship will be awarded to an emerging museum professional from each of the three regions, (West, Middle, East) of Tennessee.  To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter, explaining why you want to attend the conference and what you hope to gain to Debbie Shaw, TAM State Coordinator, at tnmuseums@gmail.com.  Please type 2017 TAM Scholarship in the subject line.  If you have any questions, please call Debbie Shaw at 615-495-3354.

Get an insider's look at the opportunities available at the Annual TAM conference from some of our former TAM Scholarship winners:

Samuel Rumschlag - 2016 East TN Winner

Casey Gymrek - 2016 Middle TN Winner

Christian Roesler - 2016 West TN Winner

2016 TAM Scholarship winners with TAM President and TAM Treasurer

(L-R) Tracy Lauritzen Wright, Casey Gymrek, Christian Roesler, Samuel Rumschlag, Adam Alfrey

Humanities Tennessee Scholarships

Deadline:  TBA - More information coming soon

Humanities Tennessee and the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) are pleased to announce our joint scholarship program for the 2017 TAM conference, to be held March 15-17, in Pigeon Forge, TN. This initiative stems from our organizations’ commitment to provide opportunities for professional and organizational development of Tennessee’s museums and humanities community. Past conference sessions covered relevant topics such as collections care, exhibit design, and fundraising. The complete program will soon be available online.

Each scholarship provides two nights lodging at the Holiday Inn in Pigeon Forge, all meals provided by the conference, and conference registration fees. Scholarship recipients will be responsible only for their mileage, and an institutional TAM membership at a cost of $60.00.

The scholarships are available to volunteers without museum related backgrounds who work with a nonprofit museum or organization that is starting a museum. Organizations with paid, professionally trained staff are not eligible, nor are previous scholarship recipients. Preference will be given to applicants whose organizations are new to TAM.

Interested organizations must submit a simple application form in order to receive a scholarship. The application must be postmarked by TBA. Scholarships are available for two people from each organization.

For questions about scholarships or to receive an application form, please contact Melissa Davis at Humanities Tennessee by phone, 615-770-0006 x16, or by email, melissa@humanitiestennessee.org.

For questions about the conference, please contact Debbie Shaw, State Coordinator of TAM directly by phone, 615-495-3354, or email, tnmuseums@gmail.com.

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