It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~ Charles Dickens


March 15, 2018

Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee




TAM Needs You! 


The Tennessee Association of Museums is looking to fill a few board positions – and we need you!

Two available positions – Vice President, West TN (represents the West TN region) and Development Chair (works with exhibitors and sponsors for the conference each year) –- are filling vacant positions that will expire March 2020. These two-year commitments are renewable once the term is complete.

Additionally, we are looking for a Membership Chair (develops membership recruitment and strategies) and a Technology Chair (assists with the website and other technology uses for the organization). These positions are three-year commitments that would expire in March 2021.

The board meets four times a year, twice in Middle TN and twice at a TAM conference site.  Additionally, we have monthly calls. To learn more about TAM's mission check out our by-laws at

If you are interested in helping TAM fulfill its mission, please contact the TAM President, Ken Mayes, at

Tennessee Museums Represented at Museum Advocacy Day

Tuesday, February 27 was Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Hosted by the American Alliance of Museums, this day brings people from across the country to Capitol Hill to advocate for the issues important to museums. Important topics for 2018 included funding for IMLS, NEH, and NEA, the charitable tax deduction, and the important contributions museums make to the local economy. Susan Edwards, Executive Director for the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and John Dichtl, President and CEO, and John Marks, External Relations Coordinator, for the American Association for State and Local History represented the state of Tennessee. For more information on how you can advocate for museum issues in DC and at home, explore resources from the AAM website or attend the session at the upcoming TAM conference. It is important that we make our voices heard.

John Marks and John Dichtl

Upcoming Program: The Road to Suffrage: Knoxville 

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. The public is invited to a free 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. A Woman Suffrage Teacher Workshop exploring the history of woman suffrage through historical background, resources, and classroom strategies will also be held on Saturday, March 17, 9am3pm. For more information about both programs, click here.

It's Finally Here! The TAM Annual Conference 2018!

Next week – on March 2123 – is the 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Annual Conference, and we hope that we will see you there! Check out the schedule of sessions and events here. This year's guest speakers include Hobart Akin, the cultural resources and exhibits specialist for Tennessee State Parks; Ashley Berry, supervisory park ranger at Shiloh National Military Park, overseeing the daily interpretive operation of the Corinth Unit; and Cheryl Wills, veteran anchor for Spectrum News NY1 and author of three books about her great-great-great-grandfather Sandy Wills who fought in the Civil War.

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.


To register for the conference, click here.


The hotel for the 2018 TAM Conference is the Inn at Pickwick Landing State Park. It looks like the conference hotel is now fully booked; if you are looking for other hotel options, try Comfort Suites in Jackson; Econo Lodge in Jackson; the Double Tree in Jackson; and the Americana Inn in Henderson (731-989-0111).


The conference still 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 Oaklands Mansion's website. Sharing information about the sites exhibits, events, and educational opportunities, it also features a Mansion Cam!  
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



 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

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

April 4, 2018: Implementing NAGPRA: The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act

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


AASLH Online Courses

March 26May 25, 2018: Museum Education and Outreach

April 16June 15, 2018: Caring for Museum Collections


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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)Im
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