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November 14, 2016

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site



 2017 TAM Conference Call For Sessions 
Deadline November 30!

"Museums of Many Colors"  
March 15-17, 2017, Pigeon Forge

   The Tennessee Association of Museums invites you to the foothills
   of the Great Smoky Mountains, March 15-17, for its 2017 Annual
   Conference! Museums, historic sites, national park sites, craft
   galleries, and entertainment venues that blend mountain heritage
   with modern tourist amenities surround the conference hotel,
   the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. 

   Also nearby is Dollywood, the “homespun” attraction of local-girl-
   turned-international-icon Dolly Parton. Parton’s 1971 hit, “Coat of
   Many Colors,” serves as inspiration for this year’s conference
   theme, Museums of Many Colors.

   Whether you are restoring a historic site, building an exhibition,
   developing education programming, or planning a fundraiser,TAM
   knows the passion and dedication you expend in behalf of your
   organization.  And, regardless if your organization is well staffed or
   purely volunteer, we all know what it feels like to take a “box of
     scraps” and turn them into a finished product. As Parton’s song explains:

And oh I did not understand it, for I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love my momma sewed in every stitch
And I told ‘em all the story momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors was worth more than all their clothes…

So, how are you piecing your organization together? How are you creating unforgettable experiences that make your community “rich?” How are you showing “love” for diverse audiences? How are you maintaining the “worth” of best practices while exploring current trends?

TAM invites you to submit session proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference that reflect the prismatic experiences of today’s Tennessee museums! Deadline for submission is November 30, 2016.

Please contact Theresa Hammons, chair of the TAM Conference Committee,
at theresah@jonesboroughtn.org or Debbie Shaw, TAM State Coordinator, at 615-495-3354 or tnmuseums@gmail.com with any questions. 
To submit your proposal online, follow THIS LINK.  

We look forward to seeing all your colorful session proposals!

 TAM Awards of Excellence, Scholarships and More!  
New and improved award guidelines coming soon!

Your TAM Awards Committee has been hard at work revamping the guidelines and application to make things a little clearer and more user friendly, and we want to encourage everyone to start thinking NOW about what outstanding exhibits, programs, educational opportunities and publications you have created over this past year. Did you have an exceptional volunteer? Was there a special event that was over the top? The new guidelines will be posted on the website the first part of December, with a deadline for Awards nominations January 20.  Don't get wrapped up in the holidays and forget about your nominations! Committee members and area representatives will be listed on the website the first of December as well. Don't hesitate to contact your representative or Awards Committee Chair Tori Mason at tmason@nashvillezoo.org with any questions you may have.

TAM is pleased to once again announce our joint scholarship program with
Humanities Tennessee for the 2017 TAM Conference. TAM will be offering 
three scholarships to emerging museum professionals in each of the three grand divisions of the state (West, Middle and East.) Registration deadline is January 13, 2017.  
Humanities Tennessee will be offering scholarships to volunteers without museum related backgrounds who work with a nonprofit museum, or 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.  More details including deadlines will be announced soon.  
For more information on all scholarship opportunities and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

And it's never too early to make hotel reservations. To secure the group rate of $72.99 per night,, please call 1-800-555-2650 and mention the Tennessee Association of Museums 2017 Annual Conference Room Block.   Last day to reserve a room at the group rate will be January 30, 2017.

The Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center Pigeon Forge is located at 
3230 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN.

 - News You Can Use -
Tennessee Preservation Trust Announces
 "Ten in Tenn" Endangered Places

The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) recently announced the Ten in Tennessee list of most threatened historic sites across the state. The announcement was made at the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall in downtown Franklin, a site that was on the 2015 endangered list and is making progress toward reaching “saved” status with structural repairs underway.

“Since TPT starting designating the Top Ten list in 2001, approximately half of the at-risk properties have been saved,” said TPT Board Chairman Dr. Michael Birdwell. “Our intent is to identify these properties that have statewide and national significance. We hope the attention to their local, state and national significance will help save these historic properties for future generations.”

The 2016 "Ten in Tenn" are:

  • The Aretha Franklin House, Memphis
  • The Cleveland Masonic Female Institute, Cleveland
  • Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis
  • The Polk Building, Bolivar
  • Clayborn Temple, Memphis
  • Miller Farmstead, Roan Mountain
  • Fleming / Houston House, Collierville
  • Oak Hill Cemetery, Johnson City
  • Historic Natchez Trace Rural Landscape, Williamson County
  • Stonecipher-Kelly House, Wartburg
For more information, visit http://www.tennesseepreservationtrust.org/

Upcoming AASLH Webinars and Courses

Historic House Call: Interpreting Servants
Nov 17, 3pm EST
Cost: FREE AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers
Accessibility and Inclusivity at Museums and Historic Sites
Nov 29, 3pm EST
 Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers
Leadership and Administration in History Organizations
Jan 9-Mar 6, 2017
Online Course
Cost: $199 AASLH Members/ $300 Nonmembers

Social Media 101 for Museums and Historic Sites
Jan 17, 2017, 3pm EST
Cost: $40 AASLH Members / $65 Nonmembers

For more information, visit http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/
  Museum Advocacy Day
February 27-28, 2017

The election is over. A new Presidential term and a new session of Congress, with dozens of new legislators taking office in the House or Senate for the first time, begins in January.  What will our new president propose on tax reform or charitable giving? Will Congress reshape federal education programs? What will be the future of museum and grant funding?  We need to ensure that lawmakers know how museums will be affected.

"As Museums Advocacy Day enters its 9th year, there has never been a more critical time for every museum professional, supporter and trustee to get involved in making the case for museums to their legislators," said AAM President and CEO Laura Lott. "Policymakers simply can't know the pivotal role museums play in education and their communities unless we speak up and speak together about the unique value of museums."  

There are many ways to become involved: 

  • Create an economic impact statement for your museum
  • Contact your representatives and invite them to your museum
  • Become part of Museum Advocacy Day in Washington on February 27-28
Learn more about Museum Advocacy Day and how you can speak up for museums. 

***************************************    Grants for Libraries and Archives

Application guidelines for the second cycle of the 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries  and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program are now available. 

National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address significant challenges and opportunities facing the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.  

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports professional development, graduate education, and continuing education to help libraries and archives develop a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

Deadline for both applications is February 1, 2017


- Upcoming Opportunities -
National Council for History Education Conference
"Histories Seen and Unseen"
March 30-April 1, 2017,  Atlanta

Join K-12 history teachers, college faculty, museum staff and other lovers of history for the best three days in history education.  To register for the conference, go to http://www.nche.net/registration

NCHE is now accepting applications for the Paul Gagnon Prize. The 2017 Paul Gagnon Prize will be presented to either a K-12 history teacher who exhibits exceptional historical scholarship or an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to the promotion of history education.  The application deadline is December 9, 2016. 
For more information,go to http://www.nche.net/gagnonprize

National Council on Public History
Annual Meeting

"The Middle: Where Did We Come From? Where Are We Going?"
April 19-22, 2017,  Indianapolis
Join NCPH at their home city of Indianapolis, the “Crossroads of America,” for this year’s conference.  Highlights include over 70 sessions and working groups, 10 hands-on workshops and 13 tours of Indianapolis – including two service-oriented trips where you’ll get to know the host community while giving back. For more information including how to register, visit http://ncph.org/conference/2017-annual-meeting/

ALHFAM Southeast Regional
"Moundbuilders to Law Builders: Making Your Site's Stories Inclusive" 
March 31-April 3, 2017,  Nashville

Historic Traveller's Rest Plantation in Nashville will be host to the Southeast Association of Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (SEALHFAM) regional conference March 31 - April 2, 2017.  "Moundbuilders to Lawbuilders; Making Your Site's Story Inclusive" is the theme for this regional conference.  Call for papers will be coming soon!  For more information on the conference, contact Tonya Staggs at tonya@travellersrestplantation.org, or visit ALHFAM's webpage here.

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