Annual Meeting Exhibitor FAQs

GENERAL

  1. What are the dates of the 2019 TAM Annual Meeting?

April 2 – 5 (although there’s post conference programming that continues on April 6)

  1. Where is venue?

The 2019 TAM Annual Meeting is taking place in downtown El Paso, Texas at the El Paso Convention Center located at One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX  79901.

  1. What are the host hotels for the conference?

Doubletree by Hilton                                                             Courtyard by Marriott

600 N El Paso St                                                                         610 North Santa Fe Street  

El Paso, TX 79901                                                                     El Paso, Texas 79901

(915) 532-8733                                                                         (915) 532-7600

Both hotels are within walking distance to the El Paso Convention Center, the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History. We hope you will consider staying at one of the host hotels, as part of the TAM room block. This will help keep the TAM Annual Meeting affordable to all attendees. The TAM room block is available until March 11, 2019. Rates are $135/night for single or double occupancy at the Doubletree and $139/night at the Courtyard. Rooms are selling quickly, so be sure to book soon!

  1. How do I reserve hotel accommodations?

Reservations for the Doubletree ($135/night) can be made by calling Hilton reservations at: 1-800-222-8733, using the group name “TAM,” or via the following secure web link:

https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/dt/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=ELPDWDT&spec_plan=CDTTAM&arrival=20190401&departure=20190406&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

Reservations for the Courtyard by Marriott ($139/night) can be made by calling 1-888-236-2427, using the group name “TAM,” or via the following secure web link: 

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1550086783488&key=GRP&app=resvlink

  1. Where do I check in when I arrive in El Paso to set up my booth on Tuesday, April 2?

Please check in at the El Paso Convention Center on Tuesday, April 2 between 10 am and 5 pm, prior to setting up your booth, to get your exhibitor registration packet, which includes your badge and tickets. You will need a badge to access Hall B to set up your booth, so it is important that you check in upon arrival at the TAM Registration Desk at the El Paso Convention Center in the Mt Franklin Lobby outside of Hall B.

  1. Who do I contact with specific questions?

If you have specific questions about your booth or the conference in general, please contact Monica Rhodes at Manifest Creative, the TAM Meeting Planner. She and her team can be reached at 281-846-6967 or monica@manifest-creative.com.

      7. How do I make the most of my booth? 

TAM has created a quick guide that can help you stand out as a can't miss booth here

If you have specific questions regarding TAM, membership, or invoices/payment, please contact the TAM Executive Director, Alex Freeman at alex@texasmuseums.org or 817-332-1177.

REGISTRATION

  1. How do I register?

Please visit  https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?id=7 to find the Exhibitor Registration page.

  1. What the last day I can register for a booth?

The last day to register for a booth is March 10. Please note – regular registration rates are through February 28. Late registration fees (increased prices) are from March 1 – 10. Booth registrations will not be accepted after March 10.

  1. What’s the deadline to purchase additional booth registrations?

March 10 is the deadline to register additional staff members to help man your booth.

  1. May I register more than one person to man my booth?

Yes, of course. A 10x10 booth comes with one complete booth registration (with meals and events). A 10x20 booth comes with two complete booth registrations (with meals and events). Should you need more, each additional person is $299 if before Feb. 28, or $399 if between March 1 – 10. If you have a foyer tabletop booth and wish to add another person, an additional booth registration can be purchased for $99 before Feb. 28 or $150 between March 1 and 10. Foyer tabletop booth registrations do not include meals and events; those tickets would have to be purchased separately (a la carte) through the online Exhibitor Registration, which can be found here:

https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?id=7.

SALES

  1. What is the difference between a Standard Single Booth and a TAM Business Level Member Booth?

The booth sizes are the same – 10x10. The difference is in the location / placement of the booths. TAM Business Level members get priority placement in the exhibit hall. Those booths are marked as “PP.” Additionally, TAM Business Level members have the opportunity to purchase “upgrades” to their booth, which include:

  • Demonstrations: During one of the scheduled refreshment breaks, you can hold a special demonstration in your booth that will be announced from the stage, in hopes of driving traffic to your booth at that time. ($100 per demonstration) (max of two (2) booths will be permitted to conduct demos per refreshment break)
  • Giveaways: Holding a drawing at your booth for a great give away? Do you have some exceptional swag to hand out? If so, TAM can make an announcement from the stage on your behalf to help drive traffic to your booth. ($50 for up to two announcements)
  • Sponsor a Session: Get 30 seconds at the microphone at the opening of your assigned break-out session to plug your booth number and share your company’s elevator speech. ($250/session; limit four per exhibitor) 

 

  1. Do I need insurance?

No.

  1. Do all exhibitors get access to the TAM attendee mailing list?

No. Only TAM Business Level members (at the $500 level) have the opportunity to use the TAM Annual Meeting attendee mailing list. It is a one-time use, either by email or traditional mail, issued by the TAM office approximately two (2) to six (6) weeks after the conference. To take advantage of this offer, you must send a message to TAM’s new Executive Director, Alex Freeman at alex@texasmuseums.org by May 1 to take advantage of this benefit. Exhibitors must design, print and deliver/send traditional mail piece to TAM office for distribution. Exhibitors are responsible for all associated postage fees.

  1. Do I get a discount if I want to advertise in the printed program?

YES! Exhibitors get an additional $100 off ad rates posted below (excluding the business card ad size) if reserved by Feb. 2.

 

OPTIONS

Regular: Before Feb. 2, 2019

Late: Feb. 3 – 28, 2019

Back Cover (full page, 4-color) (only one available)

$900

$975

Inside Front Cover (full page, 4-color) (only one available)

$800

$875

Inside Back Cover (full page, 4-color) (only one available)

$800

$875

Full Page within Program - color

$650

$725

Half page within Program – color

$450

$525

Half Page within Program – Black & White

$375

$450

Quarter Page within Program – Black & White

$250

$325

Business Card Size within Program – Black & White

$150

$225

Please note – there will be a $50 fee if any modifications need to be made to your ad.

To reserve, please contact the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com or 281-846-6967.

OPERATIONS / FLOOR PLAN

  1. What size are the Standard Single Booths and the TAM Business Level Member Booths?

Both types of booths are 10 x 10.

  1. What size is a Standard Double Booth?

10x20

  1. When can I set up/move in my booth?

Booths can be set up on Tuesday, April 2 at the El Paso Convention Center between 10 am and 5 pm. If you need to make special arrangements outside of these times, please contact the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com or 281-846-6967.

  1. When is the Exhibit Hall open to attendees?

Wednesday, April 3 from 7:30 am to 5:15 pm and Thursday, April 4 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

However, please note…..while the conference ends at noon on Friday, April 5, the fun continues well beyond that, with post-conference tours on Friday (April 5) afternoon and Saturday (April 6). We encourage exhibitors to stay beyond the exhibit hall hours to attend sessions and the TAM Annual Business meeting on Friday morning, as well as partake in the post-conference tours on Friday afternoon and Saturday. Click here tiny.cc/2019AMProgram to read more about the post conference tours (pre-registration is required). Additionally, don’t forget that after you dismantle your booth, we hope you will join us for the evening event on Thursday, April 4 at the University of Texas at El Paso campus museums, the event starts at 6:30 pm; buses start loading up and leaving from the Doubletree hotel at 5:45 pm.

  1. When do I move out / dismantle my booth?

On Thursday, April 4 between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

Please note, there is an evening event that night (buses leave at 6 pm), so we encourage exhibitors to attend the event after your booth is dismantled and loaded out. Additionally, it is important to note the conference continues Friday, April 5. We invite exhibitors to stay beyond the exhibit hall hours to attend sessions and the TAM Annual Business meeting on Friday morning and then partake in the post-conference tours on Friday afternoon and Saturday.

  1. What are the venue’s move-in and move-out rules?
  • Loading or unloading is permitted only through the loading dock. No loading or unloading is permitted through the font of the building. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Absolutely no drinking of alcoholic beverages.
  • Use or possession of illegal or controlled substances and/or firearms of any kind is prohibited; violators will be prosecuted.
  • No speeding or reckless use of vehicles or equipment is permitted.
  • No gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel or other liquids may be stored, permanently or temporarily, in hazardous work areas.
  • No re-fueling activity of any kind is permitted. Re-fueling must be accomplished a minimum of fifty (50) feed beyond the exterior of the building.
  • Exit doors may not be blocked with freight, equipment, display materials, etc.

 

What is included in my booth space?

There are three different types of booths:

A Foyer Tabletop Booth is located in the foyer/lobby of the El Paso Convention Center and includes the following:

  • One draped and skirted 6’ table
  • One chair
  • Complimentary wi-fi

If you need an extra chair, you can order it from the El Paso Convention Center using the order form in the online Exhibitor kit, which can be found here:  https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf

A standard single 10x10 booth includes the following:

  • One draped and skirted 6’ table
  • Two chairs
  • One wastebasket
  • Identification sign with your company’s name & booth number
  • Pipe and drape (8’ high back wall drape; 3’ high side wall drape)
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • One complete registration package, which includes one ticket to each luncheon (April 3 and 4) and one ticket to each evening event (April 2, 3 and 4)
  • Advance promotion of all exhibitors to TAM attendees two (2) weeks prior to conference via TAM special e-blast

 

A standard double 10x20 booth includes the following:

  • Two draped and skirted 6’ tables
  • Four chairs
  • One wastebasket
  • Identification sign with your company’s name & booth number
  • Pipe and drape (8’ high back wall drape; 3’ high side wall drape)
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Two complete registration packages, which include two tickets to each luncheon (April 3 and 4) and two tickets to each evening event (April 2, 3 and 4)
  • Advance promotion of all exhibitors to TAM attendees two (2) weeks prior to conference via TAM special e-blast

 

  1. Where do I park at the El Paso Convention Center?

Once you are done with load in and need to park your vehicle, the El Paso Convention Center offers parking to exhibitors in their underground parking garage (with some exceptions). The Exhibitor Parking Services form, located in the Exhibitor Kit https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf

must be completed in advance of your arrival to make the necessary arrangements for you to have in and out access in the parking garage. The advance rate will only apply to items ordered prior to the scheduled move in date; any items ordered during the move in or after will be subject to the floor rate. Rates are available for standard cars and trucks, RVs, tour buses, rental trucks/trailers. Due to limited parking, there is always a possibility of off-site parking. All trailers must be parked in the West Lot only, as trailers are not allowed to park underground. Vendors will be required to purchase a parking pass for vehicles and separate pass for trailers. If you have any issues or questions, please contact the El Paso Convention Center at 915-534-0649.

  1. Where is the loading dock for the El Paso Convention Center?

The loading dock is located behind the El Paso Convention Center off of San Antonio St. All exhibitor move in and move out will need to go through the loading dock.

  1. How do I secure electricity for my booth?

Electricity is not provided with your booth purchase. To secure electricity, you will need to order it directly from the El Paso Convention Center. There is a form to order electricity in the Exhibitor Kit, located here https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf. We encourage you to make these arrangements in advance of your move-in date (for cost-saving purposes). Any items ordered during the move in or after will be subject to the floor rate.

  1. What is the maximum booth height?

The booth backdrop cannot exceed beyond the 8’ drape at the back of each booth space, unless special permission is secured from the meeting planner. If you have a custom booth or larger back display, please contact monica@manifest-creative.com.

  1. Do I have to man my booth at all times?

It is strongly encouraged 10x10 booths be manned at all times, particularly times when there are large numbers of attendees in the Exhibit Hall, such as during breakfast (which is optional), refreshment breaks, flash sessions, exhibitor reception and poster session, luncheons, etc. We understand though that everyone needs a break at times, especially exhibitors who are the only ones responsible for their booth, so leaving your booth unattended for short periods of time is at your discretion. Those with a Foyer Tabletop Booth, you do not have to man your booth at all times. In fact, the tabletop booths were designed with those exhibitors in mind who don’t have time to man the booth, and instead just want to put out some collateral material. Of course, we ask all tabletop booth exhibitors, at a minimum, to please man their booth during the exhibitor reception on Wednesday, April 3 from 3:15 – 5:30 pm. Otherwise, it is up to the discretion of the tabletop exhibitors as to when they opt to man their booth.

  1. Where do I ship my booth materials?

Materials will need to be shipped directly to the El Paso Convention Center. There is a drayage form in the Exhibitor Kit, located here https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf, that must be completed and submitted to the El Paso Convention Center to coordinate delivery and receiving with the Convention Center.

  1. How do I ship my booth materials back to my office?

You will need to complete the drayage form in the Exhibitor Kit, located here https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf, to make arrangements with the El Paso Convention Center to ship your booth materials back to your office.

  1. Is there wi-fi in the Convention Center?

Yes! Many thanks to Destination El Paso for underwriting the cost of wi-fi so all our attendees and exhibitors could enjoy for free! If you need any other type of internet or phone service, you will need to complete the IT Services form in the Exhibitor Kit located here https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/images/downloads/Annual_Meeting/tam_2019_annual_mtg_el_paso_exhibitor_kit___return_to_el_paso_convention_center.pdf.

  1. How can I reserve a VIP meeting room at the Convention Center for a small group or one-on-one meeting?

If you are a TAM Business Level Member and have a need for a private space at the El Paso Convention Center away from the hustle and bustle of the conference for either a small group meeting or a one-on-one meeting with a potential customer, please visit the TAM Registration Booth to reserve a time for the West Bank Star Room. The are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and subject to availability.

  1. Are there any decorations or items not allowed in my booth?

Yes, there are certain items that are prohibited, including helium balloons, adhesive backed decals or stickers, glitter, fireworks or explosives. Decorations may not be fastened to ceilings, painted surfaces, columns or fabric and decorative walls in such a manner as to damage those surfaces. All damage to the property or equipment shall be the responsibility of the person or organization causing such damage. Limited tape usage is allowed but must be removed by the exhibitor.

  1. Are there any other rules of which I need to be aware?

Yes.

  • El Paso Convention Center signage, permanent graphics or displays may not be visibly blocked in any manner nor may temporary signs or decorations be attached to permanent building graphics.
  • Smoking is prohibited inside the building.
  • Movement of portable walls and any equipment owned by the El Paso Convention Center can be accomplished by El Paso Convention Center personnel.
  • Exterior exit doors and loading dock exit doors are not to be propped open. Automated closing devices are not to be removed or tampered with.
  • Crate storage is not permitted in exhibit halls, meeting rooms, exit areas or any other interior building areas under any circumstances. Please contact the El Paso Convention Center directly at 915-534-0649 to make special arrangements for crate storage.
  • All drapes, curtains, table coverings and skirts, carpet or any other materials used in exhibits must be flame retardant. All such material is subject to inspecting and testing by the Fire Marshal.
  • All electrical equipment must be UL approved. Refer to the electrical and utility rate schedules in the Exhibitor Kit for detailed electrical, gas, water and compressed air requirements for exhibits.
  • Use of welding equipment, open flames or smoke emitting materials as part of an exhibit must be specially approved on an individual basis by the City Fire Marshal. Written specifications may be submitted to the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com, who will then submit to the El Paso Convention Center for Fire Marshal’s approval.
  • Fire fighting and emergency equipment may not be hidden or obstructed, including fire extinguishers and fire hose cabinets, fire alarm pull stations and stand pipes.
  • Fireworks or explosives are not permitted, per the Texas Association of Museums.
  • Furniture and equipment owned by the El Paso Convention Center normally used in public areas may not be removed or repositioned.
  • All registration or display tables in public areas must be skirted.

 

  1. Are animals allowed?

Animals and pets are not permitted in the building except when allowed by the El Paso Convention Center management via prior written consent. However, seeing eye dogs are permitted.

  1. May I serve food at my booth?

The El Paso Convention Center’s official in-house concessionaire and catering company is the only firm allowed to serve food and beverage of any kind on the property that is packaged to be consumed on the premises. Consumables that are to be given to attendees free of charge must be arranged for in advance with the in-house concessionaire. Please contact the El Paso Convention Center to make arrangements at 915-534-0649.

CONFERENCE / CONTENT

  1. What is a Flash Session and when are they happening?

Flash Sessions are opportunities for exhibitors and, ideally, their partner museums, to present a special educational session to share their expertise and testimonials about their services and products with conference attendees.

Sessions take place at up to six exhibitor booths in the Exhibit Hall during designated afternoon breakout sessions (Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 & 4 from 1:45 – 3 pm) Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties should email monica@manifest-creative.com before Feb. 2, 2019.

  1. How can I present a Flash Session?

You must be a TAM Business Level Member in order to present a Flash Session. You can indicate on your exhibitor registration that you are interested in presenting or you can email monica@manifest-creative.com and to be put on the list (and confirm there are still spots available, as there’s limited availability) and be connected with the Programs Committee member responsible for working with exhibitors on the focus of their presentation.  The presentations must be educational in nature; no sales pitches, please. It is preferred for Flash Session Presenters to partner with a museum who has used their services, for the museum rep, during the Flash Session, to speak firsthand to their museum’s experience with the product or service.

  1. Can I do a demonstration at my booth?

Yes, but only if you are a TAM Business Level member. For $100 (per demonstration), exhibitors in a TAM Business Level booth can hold a special demonstration in their booth. It will be announced from the stage, in hopes of driving traffic to your booth. There will only be two (2) booths per refreshment break permitted to conduct a demo. To sign up, please indicate your interest on the exhibitor registration form or contact the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com or 281-846-6967 no later than March 22. Exhibitors will be assigned to and notified of their specific refreshment break prior to the conference.

  1. Can TAM announce my giveaways?

Yes, but only if you are a TAM Business Level member. If you are holding a drawing at your booth for a great give away or have some exceptional swag to hand out, TAM can make an announcement from the stage on your behalf to help drive traffic to your booth. ($50 for up to two announcements). Announcements will be made from the stage in Hall B at various times when there’s an attentive audience….breakfast, luncheons, refreshment breaks, exhibitor reception, etc.  To sign up, please indicate your interest on the exhibitor registration form or contact the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com or 281-846-6967 no later than March 22. Exhibitors must provide TAM with details of their giveaways and/or drawings by March 22 in order to be included.

  1. What does it meant to “sponsor a session” and how do I sign up?

This TAM Business Level Membership benefit allows exhibitors 30 seconds at the microphone at the opening of an assigned break-out session to plug their booth number and share their company’s elevator speech. The fee to sponsor a session is $250 per session (max of 4 sessions per exhibitor). To sign up, please indicate your interest on the exhibitor registration form or contact the TAM meeting planner at monica@manifest-creative.com or 281-846-6967. Deadline to take advantage of this benefit is March 22. Exhibitors will be assigned to and notified of their specific break out session(s) the week before the conference. TAM will make every attempt to align the exhibitor’s service/product with the break out session topic/focus, if and when possible, although not guaranteed.

  1. When and where is the Exhibitor Reception?

The Exhibitor Reception and Student Poster Session is set for Wednesday, April 3 from 3:15 – 5:30 pm in Hall B of the El Paso Convention Center. Refreshments and drink tickets will be provided, along with a cash bar (after you use your drink ticket).

  1. Where are the evening events?

There are three evening events during the conference and exhibitors are encouraged to attend. This is where the real networking “magic” happens for many of our exhibitors and partners. For exhibitors with a 10x10 booth, one complete registration comes with your booth. If you purchase any additional registrations for your 10x10 booth, their registrations come with tickets to evening events (and the luncheons). For those with a Foyer Tabletop booth, tickets to luncheons and evening events would need to be purchased, as they don’t come with the registration. Here are the evening event details…..

  1. Tuesday, April 2 |     6:30 – 8:30 pm

Magoffin Home: Adobe by Twilight

Spend the evening at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, an adobe mansion that was home to Joseph Magoffin, one of El Paso’s early mayors. As the grandson of an Irish immigrant with a Mexican born mother of Spanish descent, Joseph developed and supported a multicultural city, which included Chinese and Middle Eastern immigrants who flourished in El Paso’s economic boom after 1881. The Home celebrates the Magoffin Family’s enduring contributions to this vibrant Borderplex community.

Attendees will explore this eighteen-room Home and enjoy superb Mexican food and dishes, as well as create a model adobe home and mingle and dance in the home’s courtyard. As they say in El Paso, it will be a Fiesta!

Transportation to and from host hotels will be provided.

  1. Wednesday, April 3 |     6:30 – 8:30 pm

Noche Fronteriza: Art. History. Cultura. 

Celebrate border cultura in Downtown El Paso at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the El Paso Museum of History (EPMH). At EPMH, interact with the Digie wall, an interactive exploration of history, and view the latest exhibitions, including Social Justice and Inequalities in the Borderlands and From Fire and Earth: Pottery Traditions of the Casas Grandes Medio Period, presented in partnership with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology. 

Enjoy a drop-in art activity at EPMA and current exhibitions including Power and Piety:  Spanish Colonial Art, from the foremost collection of works from Central and South America, and Julie Speed:  East of the Sun and West of the Moon, highlighting the work of this contemporary Marfa-based artist.  EPMA and EPMH are within walking distance of each other and the El Paso Convention Center and host hotels.  Enjoy live performances by the region’s best musicians with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks at both museums.

Transportation will not be provided; this event is a walkable event. The museums are one block away from host hotels.

  1. Thursday, April 4 |     6:30 – 8:30 pm

UTEP: Where the World Meets the Border

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a unique international campus, with thousands of students crossing the border from Juarez each day.  It is a campus influenced by world cultures, from the Bhutanese-inspired architecture to the many academic and cultural contributions from its diverse students, faculty and staff.  Enjoy cocktails and world cuisine during an evening of international fusion including live music and dance performances, tours of the Bhutanese Lhakhang Temple, and visits to the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts and the Centennial Museum and Gardens.

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens celebrates the cultural and natural history of the Chihuahuan Desert, with special exhibits on World War II's impact on the region and a history of one of El Paso's oldest neighborhoods. The Rubin Center will feature three exhibitions of contemporary art including New Cities Future Ruins at The Border, an interdisciplinary exploration of our cross-border environmental futures and Convergence: New Contemporary Painting from Thinkspace, LA.  Find yourself immersed at UTEP: Where the World Meets the Border.

Transportation to and from host hotels will be provided.

  1. Are there any pre-or-post conference tours?

Yes! The El Paso Local Host Committee has done an amazing job organizing one pre-conference tour and four incredible post-conference tours. Here are the details:

Pre-conference Tours

  • Tuesday, April 2 |     2 – 4 pm

Trost Society Downtown Walking Tour

Experience El Paso’s historic past with a downtown walking tour led by the Trost Society.  This one-hour tour reviews El Paso’s architectural history dating to 1903 with the establishment of Trost & Trost Architects and Engineers. Learn the story of architect Henry C. Trost and his brother, Gustavus as they designed some of the most iconic buildings in downtown El Paso. Trained in Chicago, Henry C. Trost was likely in the same circle as Louis Sullivan and versed in Chicago design and a multitude of other architectural styles.  His broad expertise marked El Paso as seen in its eclectic variety of Trost edifices that have become his primary legacy.

Of the thirty-eight commercial buildings Henry designed, twenty-eight are still standing. Begin your tour at the former field of Juan María Ponce de León’s 1830 ranch that became San Jacinto Plaza in 1903. The tour also includes the Plaza’s Los Lagartos sculpture by famed El Paso artist Luis Jimenez.  $15 per person; pre-registration is required.

Post-conference Tours:

  • Friday, April 5    |     1 – 6 pm

Explore our Prehistoric Past- Experience our Today

Travel to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site for a private tour of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs, created by Native Americans including the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon and later Tigua, Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache. Next, visit the El Paso Museum of Archaeology (EPMArch) and neighboring National Border Patrol Museum. Thousands of ancient artifacts and modern ethnographic objects are housed at EPMArch representing the American Southwest, Plains, northern Mexico, and Mesoamerica. Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the EPMArch’s collection, which includes one of the largest collection of Casas Grandes ceramics in the Southwest.  Enjoy dioramas representing the major time periods in our regional prehistory. Take a walk on EPMArch’s grounds which include 15 acres of nature trails, outdoor exhibits and a desert garden with more than 200 varieties of native plants and the best view of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso. The National Border Patrol Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to the history of the Border Patrol and is the proud repository of more than 94 years of history including photographs, uniforms, weapons and vehicles.  Enjoy refreshments and live entertainment under EPMArch’s new gazebo (weather permitting). Tour capacity limited to 20 participants (will be cancelled if less than 20 attendees). Pre-registration is required. Cost is $50 per person (includes transportation). 

  • Friday, April 5 |     Afternoon Schedule TBD

Post-Conference Trip to Juarez, Mexico

Spend the afternoon in Juárez, Mexico.  Bring your passport and visit the recently renovated Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion en La Frontera), explore Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral (Ciudad Juárez Cathedral), enjoy shopping and more.  Valid passport required.  Details and ticket price to come. Pre-registration is required.

  • Saturday, April 6 |     8:30 AM – 5:30 pm

Discovery and Exploration: The New Mexico Experience

Your day in southern New Mexico begins on Main Street Las Cruces where you will find three city museums – the Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, and the Museum of Nature & Science. While downtown, take some time to peruse the stacks of the famous COAS used bookstore or shop at the nationally recognized Farmers Market covering seven city blocks.  Participants will then travel through time to the Town of Mesilla.  Enjoy a “dutch treat” lunch on your own at one of the quaint eateries and tour the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property where art, culture and the history of New Mexico come to life.

Following the tour in Mesilla, participants will head to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum where you will learn about the 4,000-year history of agriculture in New Mexico at the 47-acre facility that includes exhibit galleries and more than 80 head of livestock including cattle, sheep and goats.  Then perhaps taste some wine and indulge in savory and sweet treats at the Eagle Ranch Mercantile.  The day ends with a reception hosted by the New Mexico State University Museums including the Zuhl Museum, the University Art Gallery, and the University Museum where you will be inspired by over 1,800 beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals; contemporary art; and ancient artifacts.  

Hosted/sponsored by the City of Las Cruces Museums, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, New Mexico Historic Sites, and the New Mexico State University Museums.

Limited to 20 participants.  Cost is $50 per person (includes transportation).  Pre-registration is required.

  • Saturday, April 6 |     9 am – 2 pm

The Magic and Mystery of the Mission Valley - Where El Paso History Began

Tour the legendary Mission Trail: A nine mile stretch that served as a continuing gateway of commerce in the New World as part of the greater internationally recognized, binational Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.  Begin your journey through time in the Ysleta Historic District, home of the recently restored Ysleta Mission, and to one of just three surviving indigenous tribes of Texas.  Within the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo you’ll find the Tigua Cultural Center and learn about Texas’ oldest form of government and their role in the development of El Paso County.  Continue your journey down the trail to the majestic Socorro Mission, Gift Shop, and Cemetery.  The City of Socorro, Texas also boasts the Rio Vista Farm - a nationally recognized treasure that provided food and shelter to impoverished communities throughout the early 20th Century, followed by serving as a processing center for hundreds of thousands of Mexican braceros, providing vital labor resources throughout the United States during the 1940s-50s.   After an authentic lunch in the valley, your journey through time continues on to San Elizario, where you will find the stately San Elizario Presidio Chapel and Placita, the infamous Old County Jail, and Los Portales Museum.  End your travels with a tour of the San Elizario Historic Arts District, also known as the oldest Main Street in the country, complete with galleries and studios featuring nationally recognized talents such as Gaspar Enriquez, among others.  Limited to 20 participants (will be cancelled if fewer than 12 registrants).  Cost is $50 per person (includes transportation & lunch).  Pre-registration is required.

We encourage you to extend your stay in El Paso to take advantage of one or more of these tours! You will not be disappointed.

If you are interested in attending, please log into the Exhibitor Registration page to pre-register here: https://texasmuseums.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?id=7.

PAYMENT / INVOICE / CANCELLATION

  1. What is the payment and cancellation policy for exhibitors?

Full payment of exhibit space is due at the time of registration. Payment is accepted via credit card online or by check (due within 21 days of registration). Deadline to register as an exhibitor is March 10, 2019. If paying by check please, mail payment to: 

Texas Association of Museums

815A Brazos St. #537

Austin, Texas 78701

All cancellations and requests for exhibitor booth, sponsorship or program ad space refunds must be submitted in writing to the address above. Cancellations received by or before Feb. 28, 2019 will result in Texas Association of Museums (TAM) retaining 25% of the initial deposit. Cancellations received between March 1 and March 10 will result in TAM retaining 50% of the initial deposit. No requests for refunds will be granted after March 10, 2019.