While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch. ~ Patience Strong


February 17, 2018

Grassmere Historic Home at Nashville Zoo




The Road to Suffrage: Knoxville March 18, 2018

A Program of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial Collaborative


Tennessee figured prominently in the quest for woman suffrage when a young man’s vote in the Tennessee Legislature, August 1920, changed the course of political history for Tennessee and the nation. Young Harry Burn of Athens cast the tie-breaking vote that made Tennessee the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th Amendment, thus giving women across the nation the right to vote.

The public is invited to a program at the East Tennessee History Center on Sunday, March 18, 14pm, as leading scholars discuss the suffrage movement in Tennessee and the important work of the women who rallied to win the support of the people and the legislature. The program is free and open to the public and is hosted locally by the East Tennessee Historical Society. For more information about this program, please contact Cherel Henderson at 865-215-8823 or cherel@eastTNhistory.org

A Woman Suffrage Teacher Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 17, 9am3pm, also at the East Tennessee History Center. With Dr. Carole Bucy as guest scholar, this special workshop will explore the history of woman suffrage through historical background, resources, and classroom strategies. This workshop is sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources at MTSU; for registration, please contact Lisa Oakley, oakley@eastTNhistory.org or 865-215-8828.

TAM Annual Conference 2018

If you haven't done so already, then start planning to attend the 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference on March 2123, 2018! The conference theme is "Strength in Unity" – check out the draft schedule of sessions and events hereMuseums are repositories of art, history, science, and culture and are crucial to community unity in Tennessee whether the communities are large or small. When we come together to share common concerns, success stories, and noble failures, we strengthen our individual institutions, refresh our personal passion for our missions, and become powerful advocates for the importance of museums in our world.

The conference will be held at Pickwick Landing State park near Shiloh, the site of one of the most intense (and storied) battles of the Civil War that helps illustrate what can happen when division gets extreme.
 It is now more important than ever for museums in Tennessee to search for common ground amongst a diversity of institutions/organizations and beliefs.


Registration for the 2018 TAM Conference is now open. Several levels of registration are available, including full registration (member), full registration (non-member), partial registration, and single-day registration. And remember: early bird registration ends on March 2. To learn more and to book your conference registration, click here.


The hotel for the 2018 TAM Conference is the Inn at Pickwick Landing State Park. Please call the Inn directly at 800-250-8615 or 731-689-3135 to book your room(s). Check out this link for more information about the hotel.


The conference needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, and a volunteer schedule/sign up is now live on the website here. This is a great way to be part of the conference team, and if you volunteer for 2 hours, you can attend the conference for free on the day that you volunteer. Please note that this does not include meals or evening events, which can be purchased separately.


TAM always holds a silent auction and a live auction during the conference, and we are asking you to help us with auction items! As always, we are looking for items that will intrigue bidders – for instance, books, tickets to events, clothing, works of art, pottery, and bottles of wine from Tennessee wineries are always favorites. "Experiences" like weekend getaways, cultural attraction packages, hotel stays, and dinners at local restaurants are also quite appealing. To find out more and to let us know you will donate something to be included in the TAM Conference auctions, please complete this form. All proceeds benefit TAM and the services it offers its members. Your support is greatly appreciated!


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 Nashville Zoo at Grassmere's blog. It is a source of great stories and interesting information, from features on conservation topics and keepers to pieces exploring zoo events and exhibits. Most importantly, it includes everyone's favorite thing – pictures of baby animals!  
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

February 21, 2018: Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning

February 22, 2018: Fraud at the Museum: Protecting Your Organization from a Devastating Event

March 7, 2018: New Member Orientation

March 8, 2018: Cultural Heritage and Climate Change: Science, Threats and Opportunities

March 13, 2018: Telling the Whole Story: Strategies for Representation from "#1 in Civil Rights"

March 21, 2018: Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums


AASLH Online Courses

February 26March 30, 2018: Basics of Archives

March 26May 25, 2018: Museum Education and Outreach

April 16June 15, 2018: Caring for Museum Collections


AASLH Leadership in History Awards

For over seventy years, AASLH has given Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people. To learn more about these awards and how to put in a nomination, click this link. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2018. 

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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
Rebecca Price, Technology Chair
Mary Skinner, Membership Chair
Caroline Voisine, Student Outreach Chair

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

Terri Jordan, Vice President Middle TN
Customs House Museum
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-648-5780, ext. 38

Vice President – West TN (to be filled)
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