Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. ~ Thomas Tusser 


May 15, 2017

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum



TAM 2017 Conference Wrap-Up

 Thanks for a successful conference!

As we come to the end of spring and approach summer, we wanted to once again look back and celebrate the success of our annual TAM conference, this year held in Pigeon Forge on March 15--17. We hope you've been able to take back all the things you learned to your institutions and staff and start generating new ideas and goals! We also wanted to say a BIG thank you again to the Local Arrangements Committee, their tourism partners in Pigeon Forge, and all of our sponsors, members and donors. They provided a host of wonderful events, promotions, learning opportunities, and discounts, which made the conference engaging, educational, and fun! We hope you enjoyed yourself at our evening events, the daily sessions, the many tours, and so much more. And we hope you had some free time to enjoy the sites around the area. 

We also wanted to say a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to our many recipients of the Awards of Excellence and Commendation, our Emerging Professionals honorees, and Bill Hickerson for his well-deserved TAM Fellows Award.    

And mark your calendars for next year's conference: March 21--23, 2018 at Pickwick Landing State Park in West Tennessee!


Two Tennessee Institutions Earn StEPs certificates

Seven cultural organizations earned StEPs certificates in February and March 2017, including two Tennessee institutions. The Greeneville Greene County History Museum was awarded a Stewardship in Collections Bronze, and the Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Nashville received a Stewardship in Collections Silver.

The Standards of Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) is AASLH's self-study standards program designed specifically for small to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. The program includes a workbook, online resources, and an online community, and gives organizations the opportunity to assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized standards. For more information on the program and how to enroll, go to the StEPs part of AASLH's website.




Three-Day AAM Webinar Series 

Join the American Alliance of Museums for this three-part webinar series, in which the webinar leaders will highlight key research from the Wallace Foundation, BoardSource, and PGAV Destinations related to understanding and building cultural audiences: the role of your board, new business models for museums, and using audience and market research effectively. The series will examine three case study institutions – The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The San Diego Museum of Man, and the Greensboro Science Center  as we explore their varied approaches,challenges and successes in building audiences and strategically aligning their institutions. Museum colleagues representing AAM Professional Networks – Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM), Leadership and Management Network (LMN), Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE)  will provide perspective from the museum field.

May 23, 24 and 25: Aligning Your Board, Your Organization, and Your Business Model around Audience Building


Upcoming AASLH Webinars and Online Courses


May 16, 2017: Creating 21st Century Digital Collections

May 23, 2017: Planning for Marketing at Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

May 25, 2017: How to Stop Worrying and Embrace Fundraising 

June 13, 2017: Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

June 15, 2017: New Member Orientation

July 6, 2017: New Member Orientation

July 11, 2017: Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

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


May 22-June 23, 2017: Basics of Archives

June 5-July 31, 2017: Museum Education & Outreach (Small Museum Pro)

For information about AASLH’s Continuing Education/Professional Development offerings, visit www.aaslh.org or contact Amber Mitchell at Mitchell@aaslh.org

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50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination Commemorated by National Civil Rights Museum 

Join the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, in remembering the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination with a year-long commemoration from April 4, 2017 through April 4, 2018. 

There are several opportunities to participate throughout the year, including special events and programming, a Justice for Journalism project, the chance to share stories of how Dr. King inspired change in your life, and a call to peace and action.

For more information and to explore ways to participate, go to the National Civil Rights Museum website here.

Heritage Emergency National Task Force resources and advice

With May Day and disaster workshops at the beginning of this month, it seems the perfect time to share these great resources for individuals and institutions facing small and large disasters!
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