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2020 TAM Annual Conference

                         March 18-20, Kingsport, TN                               



Upcoming events

    • 03/18/2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03/20/2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • MeadowView Conference Resort, Kingsport, Tennessee
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    2020 Annual Conference

    This year’s Tennessee Association of Museums’ conference focus on the things you and your organization are doing (and not doing) to guide the governance, collections, exhibits, and programs at our institutions. The theme is diverse and encourages discussions of success and failures in all areas of museum practice. How can we continue our daily work while striving to move toward a broader vision that includes our community?

    From its beginning, our host city of Kingsport was a benefit of careful planning. Margaret Ripley Wolfe writes, “Kingsport was the first economically diversified, professionally planned, and privately financed city in twentieth-century America. . .. Kingsport represents one of the more successful and complex ventures in modern town planning in the United States.”  The city is still keeping their goals in focus with a new vision and master plan instituted in 2017.

    The Tri-Cities region surrounding Kingsport is also focused on preserving the history and culture of this important region of Tennessee. Museums including the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Hands On! Regional Museum, International Storytelling Center, and Rocky Mount share pieces of the past with visitors while ensuring the culture of this part of Tennessee (and Virginia) remains vibrant into the future.

    The word focus has many definitions. It can mean directed attention or a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. It can also mean an adjustment for distinct vision. All of these meanings connect to our work as museum employees and volunteers. TAM 2020 will dig deep into what this means to Tennessee museums and how we can use our collective focus to make our museum community stronger as we head into this new decade.

    Margaret Ripley Wolfe, “Kingsport,” Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, accessed online 6/17/19.


    • 03/18/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (MDT)
    • ETSU Reece Museum
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    Max 20 people - Transportation NOT included - 363 Stout Dr. Johnson City, TN  37614

    Pre-Registration is Required

    Free-of-charge tour to TAM visitors of both the exhibition space and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Collections Room. Three reserved parking spaces are available directly in front of the Museum. A special parking permit for these spaces can be obtained at the front desk of the Reece Museum upon your arrival. Visit website for additional information  https://www.etsu.edu/cas/cass/reece/visit.php.

    • 03/18/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 200 Hyder Hill Rd Piney Flats, TN 37686
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    Max 15 people - No Transportation - 200 Hyder Hill Rd. Piney Flats, TN  37686

    Pre-Registration Required

    Rocky Mount Historical Site Tour

    • 03/18/2020
    • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM (MDT)
    • East TN Museum of Natural History & Gray Fossil Site at the Hands on Discovery Center
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    Max 15 people - Transportation is not included - 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray, TN  37615

    Free Behind-the-scenes Paleo Lab and Fossil Collections tour.

    Pre-Registration is required

    • 03/18/2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (MDT)
    • Bays Mountain Park
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    Bays Mountain Park – Free (Limit: 35 people - Pre-Registration is required)
    One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve featuring 39 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake with barge rides providing the perfect prescription for a quiet escape to nature, native animal habitats, a 300’ zip line, and more. Inside the Nature Center is a state-of-the-art planetarium utilizing technology that will make astronomy enthusiasts feel as if they are a part of the show. Exhibits showcasing natural history, early pioneering, a freshwater aquarium and space sciences can also be found in the Nature Center. Native animals including gray wolves, bobcats, deer, birds of prey and otters, are housed within a short, scenic stroll.

    Note: Transportation is NOT provided. Meet group in Nature Center lobby.

    • 03/20/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 200 Hyder Hill Rd Piney Flats, TN 37686
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    Max 15 people - No Transportation - 200 Hyder Hill Rd. Piney Flats, TN  37686

    Pre-Registration Required

    Rocky Mount Historical Site Tour

PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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