ETSU Reece Museum wins Two Awards
May 17, 2011JOHNSON CITY, TN – The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University recently received two Awards of Excellence from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM).
These awards recognized the university's Centennial exhibition, "Partnerships, Promise, and Hope for 100 Years: The Exhibit," which won in the Temporary Exhibition category, and "My Ballad Book," a new edition of the museum's Early History of Country Music exhibit, in the Educational Programming category.
The Awards of Excellence recognize, encourage and promote excellence within the Tennessee museum community. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibitions and educational programming, award categories include publications, events, special recognition, volunteerism and Web page design. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum mission statements, and use of staff and volunteers.
Nominations are made by museum staff and other individuals, and are sent to regional representatives in January. After review by regional representatives, entries are sent to the TAM Excellence Committee, which is comprised of the five regional representatives, a chairperson, and two other at-large members. The committee finalizes decisions prior to the annual TAM annual conference, which was held this year at ETSU.
The Reece Museum will temporarily closed its doors to the public on May 6 for work to commence on a $1.5 million capital maintenance project. This project will include a new HVAC system, an upgraded electrical system with more energy-efficient lighting, and various other improvements. During the closing, museum staff will be working on maintenance of the permanent collection, reviewing policies and procedures, and working to revamp the Reece Museum Web site.
Most of the university's Centennial exhibit is being moved to the Charles C. Sherrod Library, where it will be on display in the lobby and other areas from June through the conclusion of the celebration in October.
For more information, contact the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.
The institution's first president, Dr. Sidney Gilbreath, poses with a fourth grade class from Lamar Elementary School in Washington County, Tenn.