By these lovely tokens, September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer. ~ Helen Hunt Jackson


September 15, 2017

The Parthenon



2018 TAM Annual Conference

Call for Session Proposals


The 2018 TAM Annual Conference is just around the corner  March 2123, 2018  and the Program Committee is now calling for session proposals for the conference.

Museums are repositories of art, history, science, and culture and are crucial to community unity in Tennessee whether the communities are large or small. When we come together to share common concerns, success stories, and noble failures, we strengthen our individual institutions, refresh our personal passion for our missions, and become powerful advocates for the importance of museums in our world.

The 2018 Tennessee Association of Museums Annual 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 that helps illustrate what can happen when division gets extreme. It is now more important than ever for museums in Tennessee to search for common ground amongst a diversity of institutions/organizations and beliefs.

Join us in March at Pickwick Landing State Park to discover ideas about how we can learn from one another and join in one voice to support the museums across the state of Tennessee. The Program Committee is seeking session proposals that fit the conference theme of "Strength in Unity." For information on how to suggest a session and the details needed, check out this link

Questions? Please contact Bethany Hawkins, TAM Conference Program Committee Chair, at or Debbie Shaw, TAM State Coordinator, at 615-495-3354 or


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 in the newsletter 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 Discovery Park of America's YouTube channel, a platform for educational videos. Currently there are two "Object Lessons" videos focused on the Gutenberg press and Da Vinci's tank. The "Object Lessons" series explores the history and significance of objects on display at the Park; more videos are in the works now. Discovery Park also has plans to include a series called "Don't Try This at Home" in the future.

If your museum or site runs a blog or interesting website element that you'd like to see featured in the TAM newsletter, please send details to Communications Chair Rene Rodgers at



 AAM Opportunities


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:

Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) Applications Now Open

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 18th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2018). Scheduled for January 1623, 2018, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations. The deadline for JIMI 2018 applications is October 15, 2017.

Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel, and interpretive skills from leading experts. 

Sessions include management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, technology, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.

Various scholarships are available to help pay for JIMI tuition.


AASLH Opportunities


September 26, 2017: Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites

October 24, 2017: Best Practices for Developing History Internships

October 25, 2017: Bringing the Past to the Present: Contemporary Issues at Historic Sites and Museums

Online courses:

October 16–November 10: Project Management for History Professionals

November 15–December 15: Basics of Archives

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


Other Webinar Opportunities

September 21, 2017: MAP and CAP: Assessment Programs for Small and Mid-Sized Museums

September 26, 2017: Using StEPs to Jump Start Change in Your Organization


2017 Tennessee Historic Preservation Conference

This conference, hosted by the Tennessee Preservation Trust and partners, will be held in Franklin, Tennessee, on September 2022, 2017. Further information and registration details can be found here


Grant Deadlines

September 25, 2017: State Board Programming Grants; available to all government and nonprofit organizations that preserve and make publicly available accessible permanent and historically significant records, manuscripts, photographs, or other archival collections. The guidelines and applications for these grants can be found here

September 29, 2017: National Park Service's FY 2017 African American Civil Rights Grant; purpose to document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th century. Information about this grant program and how to apply can be found here

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Amazon Smile and TAM

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Current TAM Board Members, including contact details for regional reps:

Ken Mayes, President
Dollie Boyd, President Elect
Tracy Lauritzen Wright, 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
Chris Gunlefinger, Development 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)
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