CONGRATULATIONS

to the 2020 TAM and HT Scholarship Winners!!




Tennessee Association of Museums:


West TN Winner:  Raka Nandi


I’m Raka Nandi and have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work at three amazing Memphis museums.  I started my museum career in 2013 as the curator of history at the Pink Palace Museum.  In 2015, I joined the staff of the National Civil Rights Museum as their Collections Manager and Registrar. During my four years there, I had occasions to meet with numerous visiting dignitaries and civil and human rights leaders, but my most memorable experiences were my conversations with ordinary people coming to the museum to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I am currently the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the only soul music museum in the world.  Built on the grounds of the original Stax Records recording studio, the Stax Museum plays a unique role in the Soulsville neighborhood of South Memphis. The museum chronicles the history of Stax Records, its catalog of soul hits, and the careers of music icons who recorded for the label.   Not only am I surrounded by the sweet sounds of soul music here, but on any given day I may be treated to a visitor breaking out into song and sometimes even a dance on the exhibit floor. 

Middle TN Winner:  Andrew Spicer


Tennessee-native Andrew Spicer was born in Chattanooga, but as a child his family relocated to Louisville, Kentucky, and remained there for several years before eventually settling in Wilson County, Tennessee. Spicer graduated from Mt. Juliet High School and continued his education by earning a history degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. He has worked at several historic sites including Stones River National Battlefield, part of the National Park Service; Grey Towers National Historic Site, part of the United States Forest Service; and the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville. He was hired by the Douglass-Clark House in January 2019 and has already helped research new information about the site and enriched the narrative of the house’s history.


East TN Winner:  Joel Girt


I am the program coordinator at Marble Springs State Historic Site in Knoxville, TN. I possess two bachelor’s degrees, one in Bible and Theology and another in History with a minor in Public History. Before working at Marble Springs, I was an interpreter at the Levi and Catherine Coffin State Historic Site in Fountain City, IN. I am excited to attend TAM so that I can network and learn from others while sharing my experiences with them, too.






Humanities Tennessee:


The following volunteers received scholarships for the 2020 conference:

Since 2003, the following brings Humanities Tennessee's scholarships to 311 persons from 117 organizations

Ann Davis, McMinn Co. Living Heritage Museum (Athens)

Jill Jones-Lazuka & Barbara Langley, Morgan Co. Genealogical & Historical Society (Wartburg)

Danny Atchley & Stacey Knight, Robertson Co. Historical Society (Springfield)

Lori Forte & Joe Sweatt, Promise Land Heritage ALliance (Charlotte)

Dan Spice, Greeneville Greene Co. History Museum

Cheryl Christensen Bennett, Broylesville Archives & Museum (Limestone)

Lynda Skelton & Jack Pierce, Surgoinsville Area Archives & Museum


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