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September 2016


"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald


September 13, 2016

Morton Museum of Collierville History



StEPS Certificates Awarded by AASLH

 Congratulations Tennessee Museums!

 The Standards and Excellence Program (StEPs) for History Organizations is AASLH’s self-study standards program designed specifically for small to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPs assess their policies and practices in six sections, and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized standards. StEPs certificates (Bronze, Silver or Gold) mark an institution’s progress towards enhancing standards and management of their resources.

Last month, the  Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Nashville earned Silver certificates in Audience and Interpretation, and the  Greeneville Greene County History Museum earned a Silver certificate in Interpretation. 
Click here for more information on StEPS. And congratulations!


Women's Suffrage Monument Dedicated  

  On Friday September 2, Women's Equality Day, a monument dedicated to the women's suffrage movement was dedicated in Nashville's Centennial Park. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, and Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero all spoke during the dedication ceremony.  The monument was created by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire, who also created the Parthenon's Athena.  Tennessee was the deciding vote in 1920 to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.


- More News You Can Use -

Two Tennessee Museum Leaders Announce Retirement
Congratulations to both!

 Lois Riggins-Ezzell, Director of the Tennessee State Museum for 35 years, will retire December 31. After her retirement, she will keep the title of Executive Director Emeritus. 

“It has been an honor and privilege to spend such a large part of my professional career with the Tennessee State Museum,” Riggins-Ezzell said. “I am extremely excited about the museum’s future and am proud of the foundation we’ve built  for its success for decades to come.
I look forward to supporting ongoing efforts to get the new museum up and running, particularly as it relates to the on-going fund raising effort which Governor Haslam is leading.” 

A new, $120 million museum is currently under construction at Nashville's Bicentennial Mall.

Dr. Robert Connolly, Director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa the past 9 years, retired in August.  He also was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis. Image result for robert connolly retire chucalissa

In his blog, Dr. Connolly notes the past 9 years were the most meaningful and enjoyable of his career, primarily due to the support the museum received from the University of Memphis, having the opportunity to mentor students
who came through the program, and community outreach work.

He and his wife Emma are making their home in New Orleans,
and though retired from Chucalissa, Dr. Connolly plans to keep busy with many endeavors, including author, continuing archaeology projects, and spending time with his wife in her needlework shop.

Chick History Marches On to Chattanooga

Chick History and Humanities Tennessee are heading to Chattanooga for the final bootcamp of this statewide series. Join us October 27 at the Hunter Museum of American Art for a day of hands-on practice finding and sharing women's history, led by a team of nationally renowned historians. Over 130 museum and history professionals representing more than 60 Tennessee cultural organizations have already participated in Bootcamp training in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

 More than just a workshop, Bootcamp will push you to see and do things differently. You will come out inspired and ready to protect the frontline of women’s history.
  Click HERE to learn more and to register.  
Early Bird registration ends October 7!

 Humanities Tennessee is pleased to offer stipends to eligible organizations to cover the costs of registration and travel. Contact melissa@humanitiestennessee.org if you are interested in applying. 

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FREE Webinars on Collections Care

Connecting to Connections Care is offering a four webinar Credly badge course, Management 101: Getting a Grip on Collections Managementhttp://www.connectingtocollections.org/management-101-getting-a-grip-on-collections-management/ . If you wish to register for all four webinars - the entire course and receive a Credly badge then sign up at the web page above.  

If you only wish to sign up for one, two, or three webinars (not all four), then you can sign up for each webinar separately at their individual web pages below. The webinars are as follows:

September 152:00-3:30 EDT 
Basic Condition Reporting with Deborah Van Horn.

September 222:00-3:30 EDT 
Managing Previously Unmanaged Collections: A Survival Guide for Messes Great and Small with Angela Kipp. 

September 292:00-3:30 EDT 
There a Form for That: Documenting Your Collections 
with Beverly Sutley. 

October 42:00-3:30 EDT 
A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place: Conducting (and Maintaining!) a Collection Inventory with Maureen McCormick. 

These webinars are all free!

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Moving on to a new adventure....

TAM board member and Awards Committee Chair Leah Walker has accepted a position as the Site and Events Manager at the Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, SC. South Carolina's gain is our loss!  Good luck Leah, in your new endeavors, and know we'll miss you!   

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