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April 2016 Newsletter


The earth laughs in flowers ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 


April 9, 2016

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum



TAM / TPT / STA Conference Wrap Up

 Thanks to everyone for a successful conference!

We hope everyone has had a chance to recover from our first-ever joint conference with the Tennessee Preservation Trust and the Society of Tennessee Archivists, and that you've been able to take back with you all the things you learned to share with your institutions and staff.  We also wanted to say a BIG thank you again to the Local Arrangements Committee, and to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. The NCVC provided us with discounts on transportation costs, assistance with the hotel, marketing materials, and more. They truly helped propel this conference to a different level. We hope you enjoyed yourself at our evening events, the daily sessions, the downtown tours, the pre- and post-conference tours, and Happy Hour at the George Jones Museum. And we hope you had some free time to enjoy the sites around Nashville.  


Outgoing President Adam Alfrey and TAM's new President Ken Mayes entertained the Friday lunch crowd with the announcement of where our 2017 conference will be held. Mark your calendars for March 16-18, 2017 for what is sure to be another conference to remember in beautiful Pigeon Forge.    


***FREE***FREE May Day Workshops***FREE***  
Are you prepared to handle a disaster?

What would you do if a disaster happened at your site? Where would you start? Who would you call? Make plans to attend one of these FREE regional workshops focused on disaster preparedness for cultural institutions to find out the answers to these questions, and more. These workshops are co-sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Museums and the Society of Tennessee Archivists and are conducted by staff of the Tennessee State Library & Archives. They are open to all cultural organizations.  Did we mention they are FREE?

Workshops will be held Thursday, May 5, at the following locations:
  • West TN: Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, 9:30am-12:00 CDT
  • Middle TN: Lincoln County Museum, Fayetteville, 9:30am-12:00 CDT
  • East TN: Blount County Library, Maryville, 9:30am-12:00 EDT
To register online, click HERE.   
For more information, contact Myers Brown at Myers.Brown@tn.gov

Chick History presents "March to the 19th" Bootcamp
Thursday, April 28, Nashville

OZ Arts Nashville, 9am - 6pm
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle 
Nashville, TN 37209

 Bootcamps are the first phase of March to the 19th, a five-year grassroots campaign, organized by Chick History in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, that will change the way we see and do women’s history. Bootcamps are a one-day training program for women’s history, professional development, and networking. More than just a workshop, Bootcamps will push you to see and do things differently. While at Bootcamp, you will learn the basics of women’s history, how to talk about it, how to find it, and most importantly, how to create engaging and thoughtful experiences for your audiences.


Discount for TAM Members! Enter the promotional code: tam (all lowercase) to receive 25% off the General admission fee!

Registration for the Nashville Bootcamp closes April 25Learn more, and register here.
For questions, contact: info@chickhistory.com.

And coming later this year: Bootcamps in Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga!

Boost Your Tourism: Tourism Development Workshops

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is proud to present "Boost Your Tourism: Tourist Development Workshops."

Through presentations and interactive discussions, these full-day FREE workshops will help you can gain insights into successful approaches to increase your tourism impact. The workshops are designed as an introduction and refresher course on the tourism industry. Workshops will be held in different locations on different dates across the state. For more information and to register, click HERE.

AASLH Small Museums Scholarships
2016 AASLH Annual Meeting Detroit, MI
September 14-17

The Small Museums Committee of AASLH is offering scholarships for an individual to attend the 2016 AASLH Annual Meeting. This scholarship is available to full- or part-time paid/unpaid employees of a small museum (annual budget of up to $250,000). The $500 scholarship will cover the cost of the conference registration and the Small Museums Luncheon with any remaining funds to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. The scholarship is open to AASLH individual members or people working for institutional members and is a benefit of membership.  Apply online HERE.

Upcoming AASLH Continuing Education   

April 11-May 6
Project Management Course for History Professionals (Online Course)
Cost: $350 AASLH Members/ $425 Nonmembers  

April 11-12
Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students (Onsite Workshop)
Cost: $240 AASLH Members / $425 Nonmembers
Location: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage,
Hermitage, TN  

April 13, 3-4pm EST
What Did We Know? Citizen History, Local Newspapers, and the Holocaust  (Webinar)
Cost: FREE AASLH Members / $10 Nonmembers

April 19, 3-4:15pm EST
Interpreting Slavery: Building a Theoretical Foundation (Webinar)
Cost: $40 AASLH Members / $115 Nonmembers

April 20, 3-4:30pm EST
Museum Management Tuneup (Webinar)
Cost: $40 AASLH Members / $115 Nonmembers

April 28-29
Historic House Museum Issues and Operations (Onsite Workshop)
Cost: $280 AASLH Members/ $405 Nonmembers 
Location: Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA  

- More News You Can Use -
 DVR Alert!!
           John Murrell's Thumb To Be Featured on                       New Travel Channel Program

One of the Tennessee State Museum’s most unusual artifacts, John Murrell’s thumb, will be featured on a national television program airing Saturday evening, April 16 at 8 p.m. The new series entitled Deadly Possessions  was created by television personality and author Zak Bagans. Each episode of the series features three iconic items and their owners.

Mary Skinner, the museum’s marketing officer, traveled with the thumb to film locations in Nevada and Tennessee. Skinner tells the traditional history of the thumb at the museum’s annual Haunted Museum Ghost Story festival.


Conference Photos Available On Flickr

 Conference photos, including photos from the Awards Ceremony, are available for download at Flickr.  

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