April is a promise that May is bound to keep. ~ Hal Borland


April 17, 2018

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville




Thank You for Making TAM 2018 Great!


A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a big success: the conference organizers and local arrangements committee; guest speakers Hobart Akin, Ashley Berry, and Cheryl Wills; the conference sessions presenters; our volunteers; the auction donors; and YOU!

Special thanks are due to the conference sponsors: Ash Interactive & Piggyback App; Lithographics; MR Design; TDS Exhibits; Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; 1220 Exhibits; and the American Association for State and Local History. And also to our exhibitors and program advertisers: Charlotte Van and Storage; DMDG2; MBA-Mila Wall; Tennessee Council for Professional Archaeology; Visit Jackson, TN; Dorfman Museum Figures; Haizlip Studio; Hilferty; Inter-Museum Council of Nashville; Costume Society of America; and the Northeast Document Conservation Center. We also want to give a shout-out of appreciation to our conference hosts and field trip/evening venues: Corinth Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Shiloh National Military Park; Tennessee River Museum; Cherry Mansion; The Latta Building; Corinth Contraband Camp; Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center; and Franklin Courtyard. 

While we were sad to say our goodbyes at the end of this year's TAM conference, we were glad to have a few days of engaging sessions, interesting field trips, lots of learning, old and new friends, and so much more. Check out TAM's Facebook page to see pictures from the conference. The TAM Board received a lot of positive and constructive feedback, which will help us to make next year's TAM conference even better  get ready for Clarksville 2019!

May Day is Coming Up

Please make plans to attend one of these FREE regional workshops focused on disaster preparedness. These workshops are co-sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Museums, the Society of Tennessee Archivists, Tennessee State Library & Archives, and Tennessee State Parks. They are open to all cultural organizations and will focus on collections care and recovery.

WEST TENNESSEE – May 3, 9:30am to 12 noon (CDT), Location TBD. Conducted by Hobart Akin, Cultural Resources Specialist, Tennessee State Parks

MIDDLE TENNESSEE – May 4, 9:30am to 12 noon (CDT), Location TBD. Conducted by Carol Roberts, Conservator, Tennessee State Library & Archives

EAST TENNESSEE – May 10, 9:30am to 12 noon (EDT), Location TBD. Conducted by Myers Brown, Archives Development Program, Tennessee State Library & Archives 

To see locations once these are updated and to register for any of the workshops, please go to the TAM website here or contact Myers Brown with questions at myers.brown@tn.gov or 615-253-3470.

The Tennessee State Museum Invites YOU to Their Closing Party!

One of the Tennessee State Museum’s most cherished and iconic artifacts is its 1860s Conestoga wagon, on display on Level D in the Museum’s current location. Displayed with the wagon is a game that invites visitors to “Pack the Wagon” for their trip to Tennessee by choosing what a settler family might take along with them. The Museum is now inviting the public to help “Pack the Wagon,” but instead of a hunting knife, seeds for crops, a plow, farm animals, and other items essential in the 1800s, the Museum is asking for memories and good wishes to travel along with the wagon to its new home.

You’re invited to “Pack the Wagon” at the Tennessee State Museum Polk Center Closing Party on May 5 from 10am to 4pm. Wish the State Museum well as it prepares to move to its new building at Bicentennial Mall State Park. Join us for a FREE day of fun festivities and giveaways. The Museum will officially close at 5pm on Sunday, May 6; it will re-open at its new location in October. Learn more about the event here.  


Featuring Tennessee Institutions and All the Great Stuff They Do!  

With limited space in the TAM newsletter, it's hard to feature all of the great events, exhibits, programs, and achievements of our Tennessee museums, cultural institutions, and historic sites.

Therefore, as often as possible, we will use some space to feature the websites and blogs of Tennessee institutions. This will help point our members to these sites so that they can follow all of the wonderful work these places are doing and go deeper into their content.

This month check out the blog of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Filled with monthly plant features, information about threats and challenges to flora, and highlighted events and happenings on the site, the blog should appeal to anyone interested in botany, horticulture, and art!  
If your museum or site runs a blog or interesting website that you'd like to see featured in the TAM newsletter, please send details to Communications Chair Rene Rodgers at rrodgers@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org



 AAM Webinars
Recorded webinars:
Did you know that you can access recorded webinars from AAM? With over 70 programs to choose from, their recorded webinars cover a range of topics and offer an affordable, accessible and convenient online learning opportunity for you, your staff and your colleagues. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

AASLH Webinars

April 17, 2018: History Check-in: The Lost Cause: The Confederacy's Most Enduring Myth

June 4, 2018: Is Your Museum Grant Ready?


AASLH Online Courses

June 4July 9, 2018: Basics of Archives

July 9September 3, 2018: Collections Management

July 16–September 10, 2018: Caring for Museum Collections


AAM Conversations and Conference

Edcomversations: From 4:00 to 5:00pm (EDT) every third Thursday of the month, join other museum professionals for conversation. These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation. These conversations are free but participants are asked to register; the next Edcomversation is Thursday, April 19 at 4:00pm. For more information and to register, check out this link

AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo: This year's AAM conference will be held in Phoenix, AZ from May 6 to May 9. The conference is your opportunity to explore the many ways museums serve as hubs of community activation and learning, and to connect with fellow museum professionals to share best practices, resources, and strategies to drive rich educational experiences and inclusive, lifelong learning. For more information, check out this link

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Amazon Smile and TAM

Did you know that you can support TAM through any shopping you do on Amazon Smile? Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% to the Tennessee Associations of Museums whenever you shop on the site for anything from books to clothes to house goods!

Use this link to set up TAM as your charitable beneficiary on Amazon Smile today!





Current TAM Board Members, including contact details for regional reps:

Ken Mayes, President
Dollie Boyd, President Elect
Brad Kavan, Treasurer
Brooke Mundy, Secretary
Debbie Shaw, State Coordinator
Rene Rodgers, Communications Chair
Bethany Hawkins, Conference Chair
Tori Mason, Awards Chair
Hobart Akin, Professional Program Chair
Melina Ludwig, Technology Chair
Caroline Voisine, Student Outreach Chair

Charles Googe, Vice President East TN
Medal of Honor Heritage Center
Chattanooga, TN 37343

Rebecca Price, Vice President Middle TN
Chick History

Vice President – West TN (to be filled)
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