Finding Alternative Futures - Community Engagement



Finding Alternative Futures: Sustainability Through      Coaching


The eleven organizations in the Finding Alternative Futures: Sustainability Through program are approaching a milestone. After a full year of intensive coaching, group meetings, and educational presentations, the FAF teams are considering how they will continue their work beyond this project. The coaches are working with the FAF teams to identify an appropriate challenge that uses their new skills. To support their work, TAM is offering project stipends up to $2500 from funds provided by the Summerlee Foundation.


The final session of The Public Series will take place on Wednesday, March 27, from Noon until 3:00 pm, at the George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond. Admission is free and open to colleagues in the museum and cultural community. The topic is Community Engagement and will be presented by Candace Matelic, Ph.D., a leading national expert in this area. 


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Member Spotlight: National Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg is a picturesque city of 10,000 inhabitants nestled in the heart of the Texas hill country. Known for its wineries and German restaurants, the central Texas town is also birthplace to World War II U.S. Pacific Navy Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. Near the bustling town square, known as marktplatz, is the National Museum of the Pacific War. On Saturday, January 12th, the institution, also known as the Pacific War Museum, hosted an open house for their Oveta Culp Hobby Education Center's one-year anniversary. Not only was it a celebration of the growth of the museum’s commitment to education but an opportunity to meet Dr. David Shields the museum’s new Education Director.

On that chilly yet sunny Saturday afternoon, visitors were welcomed to the Center, located a block away from the museum grounds, with hot coffee and S’mores to keep them warmed up while they toured the grounds. The limestone building is a space dedicated to sharing the museum’s collection of World War II-era clothing and equipment with online visitors that may never get the opportunity to visit. Former education director, Bryan Degner, dressed in period uniform, explained the museum’s ambitions with distance learning. In December of 2018, Degner beamed into a 4th Grade Classroom in Boerne to test the museum’s capability to enhance the school’s understanding of this part of history. Degner brings guests into his studio space to share how Texas was involved in the war efforts, highlighting, for example, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). The WASP were trained women pilots that tested aircraft, ferried aircraft, and trained other pilots and several of their uniforms are on display. The museum’s goal is to grow this program to reach more schools and students. One idea is to create virtual field trips in the museum via iPad.

Positioned adjacent to the Education Center is the Combat Zone, an expansive living history site that provides an opportunity to get up and close with a fleet of vehicles including boats, tanks, and other battlefield equipment. This Hollywood film studio-quality space comes to life several times of year as they reenact tropical battles. Living History Coordinator Jeff Copsetta gives tours of the hybrid space that is both landscape and interior museum space. The interior is outfitted with World War II era boats and aircraft as well as multi-touch monitors that help provide greater context to the artifacts on display. TAM recognizes the National Museum of the Pacific War for its commitment to education and is honored to have them as one of the many great museums that are TAM institutional members.

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The TAM Office Has Moved

The Texas Association of Museums’ office has moved to Austin, effective January 1, 2019. TAM is now a hybrid of a home office and a co-working space in downtown Austin. Although the website, phone number, and fax number will remain the same, please update TAM’s mailing address in your files to:
Texas Association of Museums
815A Brazos Street, #537
Austin, TX 78741
Why is the TAM relocating?
To better serve our vast statewide membership, TAM has become a virtual office with a home base in Austin. Becoming a remote office and relocating to central Texas enables TAM to strengthen our relationship with other state organizations, allow for a decentralized office that can travel throughout the state, and serve as a more convenient physical location for workshops and board meetings. 
How will this move affect my membership?
Memberships will not be affected by this move. However, members will need to update their records with the new mailing address. We are working on securing a shared workspace in downtown Austin to take face to face meetings. 
When is the TAM office move taking place?
TAM’s new executive director, Alex Freeman, is based in Austin and he secured a new mailing address in Austin on December 12, 2018, and will rent a shared workspace in downtown Austin in 2019 along with working from a home office. The lease agreement for 101 Summit Ave, Ste 802 in Ft. Worth ended on January 31, 2019. Mail began to be forwarding to the 815A Brazos St, #537 address prior to January 31. 

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