Tennessee Association of Museums Conference
March 21-23, 2018
Pickwick Landing State Park
Strength in Unity
“Unity is strength . . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
Mattie Stepanek, Poet (1990-2004)
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.
Pickwick Landing in West Tennessee has long been a riverboat stop, dating from the 1840s. During the depression in the 1930s, the site was chosen as a location for one of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s dams on the Tennessee River. The TVA projects themselves caused division in many communities, but now offer places of refuge throughout the state where people can enjoy the beauty of nature. What comprises Pickwick Landing State Park today was once the living area for the TVA construction crews and their families. The area near Pickwick Landing is rich in history and culture. Nearby museums and historic sites include the Tennessee River Museum, the Buford Pusser Home and Museum, the Coon Creek Science Center, Shiloh National Military Park, and the town of Corinth, MS.
Like the museums of southwest Tennessee work together with the Southwest Tennessee Tourism Association, museums across Tennessee need to work together to present a united front to advocate for the preservation and sustainability of Tennessee’s vibrant museum community. 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.