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  • 09/16/2016 7:58 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Chick History CHATTANOOGA Bootcamp

    Chick History, Inc.

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

    Chattanooga, TN

    What: A one-day training program designed for museums, sites, and professionals ready to do better women's history. 

    Who: Museum and history professionals, public historians, archivists, librarians, academia, educators, students, genealogists. 

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 7

    General Registration Closes: October 24 


    In Partnership With

    More than a workshop: Bootcamps will push you to see and do things differently. You will come out inspired and ready to protect the frontline of women’s history. Because without you, we have no women’s history. 

    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 in Tennessee.


    • Opening Remarks
    • Session: Moving Beyond “Slave” and “Mistress”: Understanding and Expanding Coverage of Gender and Race in Historic Interpretation 
    • Breakout: Real Woman vs. Concept Woman
    • Lunch and Keynote: Throwing “History” Out the Door
    • Session: Lessons from the Frontline
    • Session: Moving to the Foreground: Interpreting Women in the Civil Rights Movement
    • Breakout: Flipping the Script
    • Closing remarks
    • Networking Reception and Cash Bar Happy Hour


    Cindy Grisham, PhD, is a historian, genealogist, and writer based in Little Rock, AR, who made an incredible discovery in her state. She received her PhD in 2010 from Arkansas State University and is currently an adjunct faculty staff member at the College of the Ouachitas and the President of the Arkansas Women’s History Institute. Her work uses not only her research skills as an historian, but experience from her years in law enforcement and investigations. She believes every story is a mystery waiting to be found and told. 

    Page Harrington is the Executive Director of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, a premier women’s history site located in Washington, DC. It was the home of the National Woman’s Party and Alice Paul. She earned two Master’s Degrees from the University of San Diego; her first in Public History, and second in Non-Profit Management and Leadership. In addition to her work at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Page served on the Board of Directors for the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and is founding Co-Chair of the Women’s History Affinity Group at AASLH. 

    Rebecca Shrum, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Public History Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She received her PhD in 2007 from the University of South Carolina and is currently an Assistant  Professor of History and Assistant Director of the Public History Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Her book, In the Looking Glass: Mirrors and Identity in Early America, will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017. Her current research project explores how race, gender, and material culture are used and interpreted at historic sites in the United States. 

    Noelle Trent, PhD, is the Director of Interpretation, Collections and Education at the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel. She received a Master’s degree in Public History and a PhD in American history from Howard University. She has worked with several noted organizations and projects, including the National Archives and Records Administration, the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. 

    To Register:  https://www.facebook.com/chickhistory

  • 09/16/2016 7:53 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Echoes of Nashville Walking Tour:
    Renegade Women!

    Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 PM

    "This ain’t your mama’s history walking tour!

    Actually, your mom might like this tour if she is interested in a refreshingly honest, unfiltered look at Nashville’s past with a special emphasis on the fearless women that made a mark on the city and even the country. We talk about inspiring women like those Tennessee suffragettes who helped pass the 19th amendment, business woman Lula Naff whose talent for booking put the Ryman Auditorium on the map, and Civil Rights leader Diane Nash who organized demonstrations in Nashville and beyond. This program includes content for more adult audiences, including stories about prostitution during the Civil War and Nashville’s colorful nightlife."

    RSVP now at Eventbrite

  • 09/15/2016 9:58 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    $21 Million Awarded to Help Museums Improve Service to Public
     IMLS announces 206 awards made through its largest museum grant program 

    Washington, DC--The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 206 museum projects totaling $21,149,000. The museums were selected from a pool of 548 applications to the highly competitive Museums for America grant program. Institutions receiving the awards are matching them with $29,346,091 in non-federal funds.

    "Museums play a vital role in their communities supporting learning experiences and inquiry for people of all ages, fostering civic engagement, and serving as stewards of collections that represent the nation's cultural, historical and scientific heritage," said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. "The federal support provided by IMLS will help museums all over the country, enabling their best efforts to provide the highest level of public service."

    The Museums for America grant program funds a variety of projects developed by museums to better serve its public.  This year's funded projects include:

    • The Preservation Society of Newport County (Rhode Island) project to digitize and create finding aids for collections that document the city of Newport's role in shaping national cultural and social movements. Manuscripts, photographs, and scrapbooks from two centuries (1770s-1980s) will be digitized and made more accessible to scholars and the public.
    • The Children's Museum of the Upstate (Greenville, South Carolina) project to upgrade its media lab exhibit, which explores issues relating to media literacy in the 21st century. In addition to the interactive exhibit, the project will develop distance learning STEM programs and customized curriculum units.
    • The Creative Discovery Museum (Chattanooga, Tennessee) project to create a culture of evaluation among its staff. Through staff development, the use of assessment tools, and cross-departmental meetings, the project will help staff create more meaningful and lasting experiences for museum visitors.
    • The Pratt Museum's project to explore the cultural values of seven diverse communities of South Central Alaska, through a series of community conversations, directed interviews, and musical performance events. With participant input, the project will produce a cookbook and music album to share traditions, songs and stories among the communities' many generations.

    Click here to see all the Museums for America grants for this year.

    IMLS will be accepting applications for the FY 2017 Museums for America program throughDecember 1, 2016. For more information see the Museums for America webpage and the blog post highlighting changes in the FY 2017 museum grant programs

  • 02/16/2015 8:35 PM | Ken Mayes (Administrator)

    1220 opens several exhibitions in Tennessee in recent years

    Nashville based 1220 Exhibits has completed exhibitions for multiple museums across the state of Tennessee with the most recent two years seeing the museum exhibit fabrication company opening a new museum and completing several renovation and update projects.

    Working with TAM member museums has always been important to 1220. We take immense pride in working with museums and sharing their personal stories in our home state; we learn something from each diverse project ranging from the new multi-generational exhibits at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum which opened In April 2014, to the renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis in April 2014, to the opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol in August 2014.

    Through an ongoing relationship with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 1220 has fabricated and installed seventeen exhibits since their relocationin 2001; the most recent being Kenny Rogers: Through the Years sharing the story of Rogers’ life as a musician, photographer and author.  

    1220 is currently partnering with the museum in the creation of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City opening March 27, 2015. In every exhibition, 1220’s Artifact Specialist will meet with the museum to determine exhibition goals to meet the high standards for which the museum is known. In addition, 1220 provides yearly updates to the Hall of Fame and services elements of exhibits as they are needed.

    Opened in April 2014, 1220 completed the renovation and expansion of 16,000 square feet of new interpretive exhibits at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. 1220 had previously worked with the museum building exhibits in the Legacy Building where James Earl Ray allegedly shot Martin Luther King Jr. For the recent renovation, 1220 worked with the museum and designer, Howard + Revis Design, to collaborate on fabrication design intent. Museum officials visited 1220’s offices to view samples and prototypes including interactive media that shared personal accounts of the Civil Rights Movement.

    Reopened in August 2014, the Smithsonian affiliated Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol shares the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and the music that forever changed and enhanced the popularity of country music. The museum features 12,000 square feet of exhibits fabricated and installed by 1220 on two floors including music mixing & listening stations and theater experiences. 1220 worked with the museum and designer studioMUSarx as a team to decide on fabrication details and schedule. 1220 submitted samples of exhibit element pieces to the museum and held calls to discuss project updates and changes the client wanted to make to the design. 

    In addition to the previously highlighted projects in Tennessee, 1220 has completed work at the Tennessee State Museum, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Swift Memorial College Museum, Alex Haley Interpretive Center, Creative Discovery Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Harpeth Hall, Montgomery Bell Academy, Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Pope John Paul II High School, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Fort Defiance Visitors Center.

    Each project 1220 undertakes is unique in its project requirements, resulting in 1220 developing an individual plan to approach each project. Client satisfaction that their vision has been realized is of

    the utmost importance and 1220 works tirelessly to meet this goal, resulting in satisfied and repeat clients.

    Since 1972, 1220 has provided breakthrough solutions for the production and installation of exhibits, environments and events. Our vast and varied array of work is evidence of the successful relationships we create with our clients who include museum professionals, designers, universities, architectural firms and general contractors.

    Our 100,000 square foot production facility is equipped with wood, metal, paint, scenic, acrylic, graphics, electromechanical and AV studios. With 99 employees ranging from project managers and technical detailers, to craftsman and artifact specialists, we truly offer full-service exhibit solutions. Our team has successfully completed the fabrication and installation of exhibits for history, science and children’s museums; sports and entertainment halls of fame, visitor and nature centers; temporary and traveling exhibits, and numerous events throughout the nation.

    For more information on the services 1220 can provide your museum, contact Craig Dunn or Valerie King at (615) 333-1220. Additional project portfolio information can be found on www.1220.com.

  • 12/04/2014 2:08 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Nashville Remembers:

    150th Anniversary of the Battle of Nashville

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Eleven Civil War historic sites in the Nashville area will host living history demonstrations with Confederate and Union reenactors and cannon firings. Several locations are organizing special exhibitions and events to mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of this important battle.

    Click link below for more information:


  • 12/01/2014 1:18 PM | Ken Mayes (Administrator)
    Warmest greetings from the Tennessee Association of Museums! On behalf of the board of directors, I hope this letter finds your museum ending 2014 on a high note! And, what a year it has been!

    For TAM, the year began in historic Greeneville, where the local museums went above and beyond to roll out a “green carpet” for our 54th Annual Conference and its 135 attendees. We continue to hear of meaningful collaborations and partnerships that took root during those three days of networking and professional development and hope you are making plans now to join us in Jackson, March 18-20, 2015!

    A true milestone for TAM in 2014 was being invited to participate in Museums United, a national convening of state museum associations hosted by the American Association of Museums and the Institute for Museums and Library Services. Being able to interact with other state museum association leaders provided an invaluable sounding board for new programs and examples of strategic growth. The meeting also reinforced in our minds how fortunate we are to work in a state with an active, member-engaged museum association!

    To that end, please know the all-volunteer TAM Board of Directors has been working hard to care for its core programs, such as the annual conference, the TAM Awards, and the TAM Scholarships; institute new initiatives, such as the TAM individual reciprocal membership program; and plan for the organization’s growth by exploring new corporate and community partnerships.

    Throughout its more than 50 year existence, TAM has relied primarily upon membership fees and earned income from the annual conference to maintain the organization. It is clear, though, that TAM’s charge is not to maintain the museum industry in our state but to advance it! In that spirit, I would like to invite you to be among the inaugural donors to the TAM Fund!

    In its first year, it is our hope the donations reflect diverse participation and demonstrate broad commitment to Tennessee’s museums. For fun, we have created a $500 challenge for East, Middle, and West Tennessee at www.tnmuseums.org/donate. Who knows? Perhaps, the first region to reach its goal will receive something special in Jackson! When you visit www.tnmuseums.org/donate, the fund has been kicked off with participation by the TAM Board, and we hope you will join us in giving a year-end gift to help advance Tennessee museums!

    Again, thank you for making 2014 a TAM good year! And, may we all TAMit in 2015!

    All the best,

    Adam H. Alfrey, President
    Tennessee Association of Museums

  • 11/04/2014 10:04 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    AASLH is now accepting proposals for sessions and workshops.

    Just as Louisville’s growth and success spring from the barriers faced by Ohio River travelers at the Falls of the Ohio, the power of possibility allows the public history field to see opportunities instead of obstacles. Momentum is building once again! So, how do we demonstrate, encourage, and inspire the Power of Possibility within the realm of history organizations and far beyond?

    We all know that history organizations continue to operate in a highly challenging environment. Those organizations that keep within the boundaries and simply repeat past procedures, programs, and operations continue to fall behind. Those who identify the spaces of possibility and adjust strategies make inroads to the future.

    At our peril, we implement change by forcing the questions of either public programs or academic research, either contemplative or participatory experiences, content versus skills development, and either existing membership or new audiences. If we truly intend to survive and positively impact the future, we need to reject the exclusionary phrase “either/or” and move in the direction of “and.” We can be both creative and disciplined, consistent and fresh, informative and fun.

    As they like to say in Louisville, “It’s possible here.” Join us as we find ways to blend what appear to be opposite extremes and we navigate boundaries and barriers, ultimately unlocking the Power of Possibility!

    In the spirit of this theme, the Program Committee seeks proposals that:

    • Demonstrate innovative approaches to telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things
    • Illustrate activity that is unusual, innovative and creativeundefinedeven if it didn’t work
    • Introduce provocative ideas for discussion
    • Encourage public involvement in our work, connecting history to everyday life
    • Reflect and feature diverse settings and people
    • Connect personal and community histories to larger themes
    • Promote organizational review and revitalization

    Deadline for session proposals is November 17.

  • 09/15/2014 9:58 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)
    Archives Development Program Direct Grants for Archives

    ***Application Deadline October 23, 2014***

    For fiscal year 2014-2015, $27,500 has been made available for grants up to $2,500. Open to any organization within Tennessee to preserve and provide access to Tennessee’s historical records, to educate and train records custodians, and to support archival program development and enhancement. For guidelines and application material, please see: http://www.tennessee.gov/tsla/aps/grants/index.htm.

    For more information about either grant program, contact:

    Myers Brown at Myers.Brown@tn.gov or (615) 253-3470.

    *Direct Grants to Local Government Archives

    Open to Tennessee local government archives for the acquisition of archival supplies, devices, furnishings or services that directly help to salvage, restore, preserve or improve access to permanently-valuable local government records.

    *Direct Grants to Non-Government Archives

    Open to Tennessee museums, libraries, historical societies, non-profit organizations, religious archives, colleges and universities, and other repositories of historical records for the acquisition of archival supplies, devices, furnishings or services that directly help to salvage, restore, preserve or improve access to significant historical archival collections held within the state of Tennessee.

    State and National Archival Partnership (SNAP) Grants

    ***Application DeadlineundefinedNovember 14, 2014***
    For fiscal year 2014-2015, $95,500 has been made available for grants up to $10,000 for improvements to local archives. In addition to county and municipal archives, eligibility for these grants has been extended to museums, libraries, historical societies, non-profit organizations,
    religious archives, colleges and universities and other repositories of historical records in Tennessee.
    Select the guidelines and application that are appropriate for your institution or organization:

  • 06/24/2014 8:25 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    Announced at the 2014 TAM Annual Meeting!  The Tennessee Association of Museums would like to offer reciprocal benefits for TAM members from our institutional affiliates.  We already have several museums that are participating.  If you would like your organization to join our program, please submit the following form and return it to the TAM office.

  • 02/01/2014 10:32 PM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

    The Tennessee museum community is growing and looking for resources. TAM’s Annual Conference, with over 150 participants, presents an excellent opportunity to be a part of this important marketplace.


    There are several NEW opportunities this year. The TAM Board of Directors created membership levels for companies who wish support our organization and also maintain visibility with our group at multiple levels. 

    Please download the Corporate Member/Exhibitor Information sheet to lean more.  If you would like to advertise at the conference, please click here.  Follow this link to register for an exhibitor booth at the TAM conference.


    The TAM Annual conference will take place at the Historic General Morgan Inn in beautiful Greeneville, TN  and promises to be one of the best ever. The community is rolling out the red carpet to welcome TAM attendees. Don’t miss the wonderful opportunity to network with Tennessee’s museums and historic homes.

    Corporate Member/Exhibitor Information

    Advertisement Form

    Exhibitor Registration Form


    Look over the conference information and if you have any questions, contact Mary Skinner at 615-253.0103 or Mary.Skinner@tn.gov.

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