Gnight, November / Come in from the cold / We're making hot cocoa / with WHOLE milk: we're bold. / CHILL, November. CHILL." ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda


November 15, 2018

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville




Let's Think About Strategic Planning


The Tennessee Association of Museums’ Board is about to embark on a strategic planning process that will help us set goals and develop ways to better serve you and your organization. With that in mind, we need your input. Please complete the survey at the link below before December 14. It will take 5-10 minutes and is critical for planning for the future of TAM.

Click here to access the survey:

TAM is YOUR state museum association and we look forward to hearing from you! Responses are already coming in so be sure to make your voice heard before December 14.

TAM 2019 Conference – What You Need to Know!

It might still be 2018, but it's time to start thinking about the TAM 2019 conference in Clarksville, Tennessee! This year’s theme is Connect, Cultivate, Sustain. Here's what you need to know:

NEW! Student Poster Session!

New to the TAM Annual Conference this year is the Student Poster Session! We want to encourage students to submit ideas for recently completed projects or works-in-progress. It will be an opportunity to present your ideas and accomplishments to the TAM Conference attendees. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2018. For more information about the poster session and how to submit your poster, check out this link

TAM Award nominations are NOW being accepted!

Now is the time to nominate your programs, exhibits, publications, and awesome volunteers for recognition at the 2019 TAM Awards of Excellence ceremony in Clarksville! You will find the updated and revamped guidelines HERE and the nomination form HERE. Your Awards Committee has been hard at work updating both of these documents, and we want to make you aware of some changes this year. All of the changes are marked **NEW** on the guidelines, but here are a few to make you aware of:

  • Most importantly, THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE EXTENSION! The final and only deadline will be January 25, 2019. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this date! 
  • We have added a new Institutional Size category. Previously $1M and above was the largest museum size category; we have now made two categories from this: $1M$5M AND $5M and above.
  • There is a NEW Digital Media category that will cover websites and also include social media pages and digital collections.
  • The Volunteer category is broken into three subcategories and now requires a narrative, rather than filling out the nomination form.
  • Temporary exhibits that opened in November or December of 2017 are now eligible for nomination for the 2018 awards.

    If you have questions, please feel free to email your area representative, found HERE, or Tori Mason, Awards Committee Chair, at We look forward to seeing all the awesome things our Tennessee institutions are doing! Good luck!

    TAM Awards Committee rep needed

    The TAM Awards Committee is looking for a volunteer from East Tennessee to fill the Area Representative position for the Knoxville area and surrounding counties. Commitment primarily is between January and early March, and includes one in-person meeting in Nashville in February. If interested, please contact Tori Mason, Awards Committee Chair, at

    Location, Location, Location!

    The conference hotel for TAM 2019 is going to be the Riverview Inn in Clarksville. The TAM Conference group rate is $98 per night if you make your reservation by February 19, 2019. Call 931-552-3331 for reservations; you must use the group code TAM Annual Conference to receive the discount. The hotel will require a credit card or deposit to hold the reservation. 

    And finally...

    The Tennessee Association of Museums is pleased to announce our joint scholarship program with Humanities Tennessee for the 2019 Annual TAM conference. Check out this link to learn more about eligibility, what the scholarships cover, deadlines, and how to apply. 

    It's Time to Start Building the Women's History Calendar!

    In 2016 Chick History, in partnership with Humanities Tennessee, launched March to the 19th, a grassroots campaign for women's history in Tennessee. Over the past two years, we've traveled across the state building a network and collecting stories in Phase I and II. And now, it's time to start work on Phase III: Sharing the Women's History All Around Us.

    To do this, we will produce a multi-media "This Day in History" calendar with content that focuses on persons, events, objects, and places associated with a particular day in Tennessee history and women's contributions to those moments.

    We want all Tennesseans to be a part of this. Is there a Tennessee women's history story that you have always loved and want to know more about? Is there an event in history, and you've always wondered...was there a Tennessee woman involved? Is there a myth or story you've heard over and over, and always wondered if it was true? What events or parts of history do you want to know more about? As we build this calendar, we want to make sure it has you in mind, and the things you are interested in learning about. Please click here to give us your input!

    For museums, sites, and collections: We have a special survey for you. For those who work, volunteer, or are associated with a Tennessee museum, site, or historic collection, library, etc., please take this version of the survey. This is your chance to spread the word about your women's history! 

    Click here to learn more about March to the 19th. 

    Call for Essays in Upcoming Book

    The editors of For Love or Money: The State of Museum Salaries are looking for proposals for essays to be included in a book to be published by MuseumsEtc in the fall of 2019.

    The museum profession suffers from systemic under-compensation and pay inequality. This book will examine both the causes of this situation and its resulting effect on staff, institutions, and the profession. It will also propose strategies for remedying the problem. It will identify internal and external factors that suppress wages, consider the impact of the present practices and paradigms on the field as a whole, articulate the benefits that fair and equitable compensation would achieve, and develop solutions to address wage inequity with the goal of strengthening our institutions, allowing committed museum staff to advance in careers that are financially and personally rewarding.

    The Call for Papers can be found at


    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 here to feature the websites and blogs of Tennessee institutions and to offer brief congratulations for specific achievements and awards. This will help members to learn more about each other and enable you to follow the wonderful work these places are doing and go deeper into their content.

    This month check out the website of the Country Music Hall of Fame, in particular the section of their site dedicated to the Hall of Fame Inductees. This is a great resource to learn about the people who have contributed to the varied and rich history of country music from A (Roy Acuff) to Z (or at least Y, Faron Young). And don't stop there: the rest of the website offers a host of wonderful resources.

    If your museum or site runs a blog or interesting website that you'd like to see featured in the TAM newsletter, or if you have a specific achievement you'd like to share, 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 and your staff. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

    AASLH Webinars & Online Courses

    November 29, 2018: History Relevance Coffee Break with Washington State Historical Society

    December 6, 2018: Doorstep Donations and Unclaimed Loans: Resolve Provenance Problems with Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Law

    December 11, 2018: History Check-In: Native American Activism

    December 13, 2018: History Relevance Coffee Break with Ford's Theater


    Museum Store Sunday is Coming Up!

    Last year, more than 700 nonprofit museums saw a 37 percent increase in visitors, 23 percent increase in museum store transactions, and 60 percent increase in net store sales on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The reason? Museum Store Sunday.

    Museum Store Sunday is November 25  learn more here and start planning now!


    IMLS Grants for Museums

    Museums across the United States have three opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for five current grant programs, as well as a new opportunity targeted to small museums. For more information, go to this link.

    - More News and Information -

    Microfilm Reader Available!

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives has a microfilm reader available. Whoever wants it/claims it needs to be able to come pick it up from TSLA in Nashville. Email Sara Horne if you are interested.

    Holiday Season Shopping with 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
    Melina Ludwig, Technology Chair

    Charles Googe, Vice President East TN

    Rebecca Price, Vice President Middle TN
    Chick History

    Vice President – West TN (to be filled)
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