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2024 TAM Annual Conference

                         March 18-21, Murfreesboro, TN                               

Upcoming events

    • 03/05/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • zoom

    How to Be a Good Advocate for Your Museum Webinar

    Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2:00pm (Central)/3:00pm (Eastern)
    Cost: Free, pre-registration required

    Ember Farber – Director, Advocacy for the American Alliance of Museums – will provide guidance on how to be an advocate for your museum and the museums in your state and across the nation. Ember has been an @AAMer for several years and is perpetually impressed by the work of museums. As Director, Advocacy, she communicates with museum advocates and works closely with AAM partner organizations on field-wide advocacy. Ember is a University of Virginia graduate and holds a Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University. Watch your email and the TAM Facebook page for more information.


    • 03/18/2024
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/21/2024
    • 1:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

    2024 TAM Annual Conference

    At the 2023 TAM Conference in Memphis, our keynote speaker, Jeff Kollath of the Stax Museum, told a story about why the Stax Foundation chose to focus on preserving the story of Stax and the stories of the people who lived in its community. He said, “If we don’t do it, who will?” As the TAM Board was in the early stages of planning the 2024 TAM Conference in Murfreesboro, Jeff’s words kept coming to the surface. We decided to take his story as a challenge for the 2024 Conference . . . If Not Us, Who?

    • Who will preserve the buildings in our town?

    • Who will show the work of local artists to the public?

    • Who will capture the stories of all the people who make up our city, county, or state?

    • Who will take care of the art and artifacts in our possession?

    • Who will educate school kids about the history of their hometown?

    • Who will advocate for financial resources for Tennessee museums?

    • Who will promote the good work being carried out by museums of all sizes in Tennessee?

    If Not Us, Who? will be our rallying cry as we gather at the geographic center of our state, Murfreesboro, TN. This year’s conference will be different from past years. We are focusing on the theme and location as an opportunity to host the first Tennessee Museums Advocacy Day on Capital Hill in Nashville.

    We will start the conference on the afternoon of Monday, March 18 with a training session to prepare us for visits to our state senator and representative on Tuesday. This half-day, free workshop will introduce pending legislation and issues impacting Tennessee’s museums. 

    Tuesday morning, March 19, we will travel to Nashville to hold meetings with our legislators and rally on the hill to promote Tennessee museums. We will be back in Murfreesboro in time for lunch, which will kick off the rest of the conference. It will end at noon on Thursday, March 21.

    • 03/18/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Oaklands Mansion

    Maney Hall, Oaklands Mansion

    This workshop will help prepare attendees for their visit to the Tennessee State Capitol on Tuesday morning for TAM’s Museum Day on the Hill. Hear about important issues on the state and national level and learn important tips for meeting with your state representative and senator. There will also be time for you to meet with other people from your congressional district and create a plan for your Capitol visit on Tuesday.

    Facilitator: Bethany L. Hawkins, CAE, Chief of Operations, American Association for State and Local History, Nashville, TN

    • 03/21/2024
    • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Oaklands Mansion

    Strategic Planning for the 250th Workshop
    Oaklands Mansion, 900 N Maney Ave, Murfreesboro

    Cost: $10, Preregistration Required
    The U.S. 250th is an opportunity to strengthen the field by attracting increased interest and investment. Seize this moment by learning best practices in strategic planning, which can help organizations deepen capacity and engage new and existing audiences. The workshop offers participants a framework that supports strategic planning for the 250th at their organization and provides tools that participants can use to build their strategy for capitalizing on the 250th to reach their goals for 2026 and for long-term organizational success. Attendees will gain vital skills to help make the most of 2026. Registration fee includes a boxed lunch and an afternoon snack.

    Bob Beatty, Ph. D., Principal, Lyndhurst Group, Franklin, TN

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