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              2014 Conference Schedule is available 
                    online here (subject to change)

TAM is so excited to present our pre and post conference tours, speakers, sessions and site visits.  We have a lot of great food on our menu and a guaranteed good time will be had if you stop by the Hospitality Suite after you get back to the hotel.  
If you are interested in signing up as a volunteer, please follow this link. Volunteers are able to watch sessions for free before or after their shift(s).  Volunteers shifts do not include meals or evening site visits.  Those may be purchased separately through the reservation page.  
Pre & Post Conference Tours

Wednesday, March 19th

The Civil War in East Tennessee
8am - Noon
(limited to 50 people and pre-registration is required)
With Tennessee casting its lot with the Confederacy, many in the area remained loyal to the Union. This volatile mix resulted in the town changing sides more than fourty times! Join us as we walk the streets and travel the roads that one hundred and fifty years ago brought death and destruction.
Cost: $35.00
Email: bevwms@embarqmail.com or call 423-257-4235 for reservations

Friday, March 21st

The Historic Nolichucky River Valley Tour Noon-4:30
This unique bus tour creatively combines beautiful vistas of the river and mountains and gives insight into the history of America's First Frontier
Cost: $40.00
Email: bevwms@embarqmail.com or               call 423-257-4235 for reservations

Tusculum College Historic District Tour 1pm
(transportation is NOT provided)
A guided tour of the ten National Register listed structures of the Tusculum College District. Participants will be able to visit each building, learn about its history and basic architectural elements, and its various uses throughout Tusculum's history.
Cost: FREE
Meet at the back door of the General Morgan Inn

                 Key Note Speaker - Jeff Wells
"Tennessee State Parks: Your Interpertive Cohort"

A former native of Jackson, Tennessee, Jeff Wells has been a TAM member since 2003. He graduated in 1981 from Middle Tennessee State University with B.S. in Geography with an emphasis on Park Service and a minor in colonial history. He began his career with Tennessee State Parks in December 1981 at Pinson Mounds State Archeological Park. Subsequently, Wells has served as a park ranger at Cove Lake State Park, Reelfoot Lake State Park and Fort Loudoun State Historic Area. He served as Assistant Chief Ranger from 1997 to 2000 and was promoted to Park Manager of Fort Loudoun State Historic Area in 2000. In 2012, he joined the Tennessee State Parks central support office as Director of Interpretation. Wells is a Certified Interpretive Trainer for the National Association for Interpretation.
Evening Events  

In addition to the great sessions, TAM is taking you out into downtown Greeneville so you can learn why it has been recently referred to as an amusement park for history buffs.

Tours of the Andrew Johnson Historical Sites, The City Car Garage Museum, the Nathanael Greene Museum, the Valentine-Sevier House and the Dickson-Williams Mansion are all included in your conference registration!

Wednesday night is Awards night. Dress to impress! 

Wednesday night will include stops at The Andrew Johnson Historical Sites and Dickson-Williams Mansion will be open to TAM attendees and Vintage cards will be on hand to shuttle you from site to site if you choose.

Thursday night is the live auction. Come dressed in any time period or costume of your choosing. You work at a museum. We know that you have access to really cool clothes. Vintage baseball uniforms are encouraged. If you still can't think of anything, harass Charlie Rhodarmer for some good ideas!

TAM 2014 Scholarship Winners
Every year, TAM selects three students or emerging professionals, representing our three grand divisions, as recipients of an annual conference scholarship.

TAM established this scholarship program to encourage students to enter the museum field, to promote museum studies in Tennessee's higher education institutions, and to encourage networking opportunities among new museum professionals.

Please help us in congratulating this year's scholarship winners!!

Natalie Ray – Middle Tennessee

 Natalie is a current Public History student at  the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  She moved to Nashville to complete an exhibit  development practicum with the Tennessee  State Museum, producing the first in a series of  World War I exhibitions to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the war. In 2013, her graduate program partnered with the Guantanamo Public Memory Project to interview over 150 Navy veterans and their dependents, some of whom were evacuated from the Guantanamo Naval Base during the Cuban Missile Crisis. She also led a group of students in developing the first professional exhibit for the West Florida Railroad Museum, and is published in the summer 2013 issue of Pensacola History Illustrated. She is pursuing a career in the museum field and currently resides in Nashville as she continues to volunteer at the Tennessee State Museum and finish her degree online. To learn more about Natalie, visit her professional website at natalieray.weebly.com.

Brooke Mundy – West Tennessee

Born and raised in Inverness, Florida, I moved to Memphis in 2007 to attend the University of Memphis. A graduate from the U of M in 2012 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Dance, I am currently working on completing a Masters degree in Art History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Presently employed by the C.H. Nash Museum as a Graduate Student/Part-time Collections Manager, I oversee the care and planning of the museum’s artifacts and exhibits.  As an emerging museum professional I look forward to a career path within museum management to contribute to the success of my organization.  Outside of the Museum and school my favorite leisure time activities include spending time with friends and family, anything Disney, traveling, enjoying local Memphis treasures like Shelby Farms and Central BBQ, baking, a good read, and hanging out with my dog Sophie.  

Sarah Crook – East Tennessee

Sarah is the Developmental Assistant at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.  She is hoping her experience at TAM will widen her knowledge base and help her connect with other museum professionals across the state.

Upcoming events

01 May 2014 9:30 AM (EDT) • Museum Center at 5vie Points, Cleveland, TN
01 May 2014 9:30 AM (CDT) • National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
01 May 2014 9:30 AM (CDT) • Gallatin City Hall and Wynnewood

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