The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~
Wallace Stevens


July 17, 2017

Doak House Museum



Join the Statewide Effort to Preserve African American Women's Political History in Tennessee


“Protecting the Legacy” is a state-wide effort to digitize oral histories, photographs, documents, and other memorabilia on African American women's political activity, voting history and suffrage in Tennessee. The project is organized by Chick History, a women’s history nonprofit, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee and a diverse set of committees and partners across Tennessee – as part of a statewide project to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the Passage of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

They are looking for stories, photographs, letters, and family history about African American women and activism, working for suffrage and political issues, as well as stories and experiences of early African American women voters. They are specifically looking for family history from 1930 and earlier. However, if you have stories and experiences from later decades, please still get in contact with them.

A small Focus Group will be held on July 21 and 22 in Memphis to help organize the project and see what history is in the community. They are asking for the community to bring in original photographs and documents, and they will also be taking oral histories. Items will be scanned or photographed, and then returned to the owner that day. They will also give everyone their own copy of the digital image to take home.

The project will continue over the next two years with additional public Digitization Days across the state. Exact locations and dates will be announced at a later day. Protecting the Legacy is Phase II of March to the 19th – a five-year grassroots campaign for women’s history in Tennessee in partnership with Humanities Tennessee.

For more detailed information and questions about participating, please visit or email


Make the Case for Museums!  
Invite Congress members to visit your museum in August 

Now in its sixth year, “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum” Week 2017 is set for August 12-19. The stakes for museums and the federal programs that support them have never been higher, and there’s no more powerful way to help elected officials and their staff understand what museums do than by inviting them in to see for themselves.

This is a fun and important opportunity to make the case directly to elected officials about how federal funding, charitable giving, and education policy affect museums, and the role museums play in their local economies and education systems. 

AAM provides a detailed step-by-step guide to help you schedule and plan your visits, and also a short list of a few easy steps to get started on today:
  1. Find out who represents you in Congress.
  2. Send an invitation letter.
  3. Follow up with the local office until a meeting can be scheduled for the week of August 12 (or offer alternate dates if needed).
  4. Let AAM know when you have a meeting set up, and they will help publicize the visit.
  5. Plan the visit! See AAM's step-by-step guide for advice on what to do before, during, and after the visit.
Use #InviteCongress on Facebook and Twitter to post about your invitations and visits, and see more about past visits.



AAM 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.

Click on the categories below to browse the AAM webinar library:


Upcoming AASLH Opportunities


July 25, 2017: Instagram for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series) 

August 1, 2017: New Member Orientation

August 2, 2017: History Crash Course: Immigration in a Changing America

August 8, 2017: Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museum and Historic Sites

For information about AASLH’s Continuing Education/Professional Development offerings, visit or contact Amber Mitchell at


Registration is now open for the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting "I Am History" in Austin, Texas, on September 6--9. There are early bird rates until July 21, pre-registration rates until August 4, and then onsite rates from the August date until the conference. For more information and to register, visit AASLH also offers six "hot topic" sessions through an online conference; registration for the online conference opened up in July.

- More News and Information -
Marginalized Voices and Controversial Topics 

Interpreting the history of marginalized peoples and addressing controversial topics can be intimidating. To help you prepare for the challenge, AASLH recently produced a blog post highlighting seven AASLH Leadership in History Award-winning projects to inform and educate your work.

Check the blog post out here.

Wynonna Judd Uses Tennessee Historic Site for Music Video

American music icon and five time Grammy Award-winner Wynonna Judd has released her first new music video in 14 years, and one of Tennessee's historic sites took on the role as the beautiful setting for this video! The visually-compelling “Keeps Me Alive” is set in the graceful Oaklands Mansion. As Oaklands' Executive Director James Manning notes: “This was a meaningful location choice for Wynonna’s new video because Oaklands’ story is one about strong women.”  


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