January is here, with eyes that keenly glow / A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow. ~ Edgar Fawcett


January 15, 2018

Gray Fossil Site & Natural History Museum

Gray, Tennessee




Updates and Deadlines for the 2018 TAM Conference!


Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference on March 2123, 2018! The conference theme is "Strength in Unity" – keep your eye on the website for further information about sessions and schedule soon. Museums 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. 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. TAM members will receive a group rate of $90 per night for the conference if booked by February 1, 2018. Please call the Inn directly at 800-250-8615 or 731-689-3135, using the Group Code 6683 to receive the group rate. Check out this link for more information about the hotel.


The deadline for the 2018 TAM Awards nominations is coming soon – January 19, 2018!

The awards committee has compiled a few documents to help you in filling out your nominations, including guidelines, hints on how to write an award-winning nomination straight from the judges' mouths, a link to the online nomination form, and a list of your Awards Committee members. You can find the person who represents your county, plus our three at-large representatives on this last list. These are the people to reach out to if you have ANY questions about the nomination process. They are here to help you get the recognition you deserve!

Click here for all this great and useful information and to start your nomination process!

Once you submit your nomination, you will receive an email reply saying your nomination was successfully received. You will also have a way to print off your filled-out nomination form.

IMPORTANT: If you do not receive the email saying your nomination was successfully submitted, resubmit it, or contact Tori Mason, Awards Committee Chair, at tmason@nashvillezoo.org.


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!


Museums Advocacy Day 2018

The 10th Annual Museums Advocacy Day will be taking place in Washington, DC on February 26–27, 2018. Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to join with other museum professionals and supporters to make the case for museums. To find out more about this event and its impact, click here. To participate, registration with the American Alliance of Museums is required by January 22, 2018; to register, click 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 in the newsletter 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 National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel's website. This year marks 50 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the museum's year-long commemoration of this anniversary is chronicled on their website, along with a host of relevant social justice resources and educational initiatives.  
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

January 19, 2018: Making History Relevant

January 23, 2018: Caring for Paper Collections

January 24, 2018: Is It Time for Your Organization to Enroll in StEPS?

January 30, 2018: Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture 

February 15, 2018: Interpreting Difficult History: Histories of Slavery, Violence, and Oppression

February 21, 2018: Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning


AASLH Online Courses

January 22March 23, 2018: Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

January 22March 23, 2018: Developing Exhibitions (Two Part Course, Part 1)

January 29March 30, 2018: Collections Management


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
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, 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
Chris Gunlefinger, Development 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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The deadline for the TAM Scholarships to the conference is now closed, but the Humanities Tennessee Scholarships are still open for application. These scholarships are available to volunteers without museum related backgrounds who work with a nonprofit museum or with an organization that is starting a museum. Organizations with paid, professionally trained staff are not eligible, nor are previous scholarship recipients. Preference will be given to applicants whose organizations are new to TAM. Two nights lodging at the hotel in Pickwick Landing, all meals provided by the conference, and conference registration fees are covered. Scholarship recipients will be responsible only for their mileage and an institutional TAM membership at a cost of $60.00. The deadline for the Humanities Tennessee Scholarships is XXX.

For further information about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, click here.