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TAM Thanks Our Annual Meeting Exhibitors!


Building Four Fabrication, LLC - Booth 15            

Full-service custom fabrication company specializing in exhibits, graphics, displays, artwork, signage, furniture, interactives, mount-making, scenic art and all manner of interior and exterior environments. Jen Holbrook Sells | | 404.551.4450 | Rudy Rocha | | 512.215.4718 |


Capital Spectrum, Inc - Booth 10

You imagine it, we produce it. CSI has been helping clients build their brands for more than 78 years. From full service prepress, digital and off-set printing and direct mail, to fulfillment and inventory warehouse, promotional products and more, CSI delivers the highest quality printed materials quickly and affordably. Known for superior customer service, CSI meets all of your organization’s packaging, commercial print and mail needs. Vance Sack | |  512.422.2663  | | James F. Adame  |  |  512.484.0785  |


Delta Designs Ltd. - Booth 5                                                                                                                           

Delta Designs specializes in the custom designs, professional manufacture and personal installation of quality museum storage equipment. Our products meet the highest standards of conservation practice for historical artifacts, art objects, textiles, scientific specimens and archival materials. Peter Doucette | | 785.234.2244 ext.220 |


Dynalink Technologies, LLC - Booth 7                                

Dynalink Technologies LLC is the creator of @box, which provides App-less Wi-Fi digital experience at your museum. Loong Hai Tam | | 832.444.4173 |


Exhibit Concepts, Inc - Booth 20

Since 1978, Exhibit Concepts, Inc. has cultivated an outstanding reputation for producing, installing and maintaining exhibitry of the highest quality for interpretive facilities, museums and visitor centers throughout the United States. Exhibit Concepts, Inc. is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). Steven Lowry | | 937.478.7366 |


Experience Bryan-College station - Booth d 

The TAM 2020 Annual Meeting will be held in Bryan-College Station. Stop by to learn about this incredible destination and start making plans for next year’s conference! Jo Beth Wolfe | | 979.260.9898 |


Gaylord Archival - booth 2 

Visit Gaylord Archival to see the innovative Frank Showcase System! Let us help you bring your exhibit to life with our unparalleled selection of cases, as well as everything you need to prepare, install, display and protect your collections. We carry a comprehensive selection of preservation and conservation materials. Looking for something specific? We offer unlimited options for customization. Parrish Lewis | | 800.448.6160 |


Higginbotham - Booth A                                                                                                                                   

Thousands of companies and individuals across Texas and South Central U.S. trust Higginbotham’s Single Source solution for insurances and financial services. We have more than 30 offices in Texas, Oklahoma City and Atlanta to serve your regional and global insurance needs, whether they’re for your business, employees or family. Our size ranks us among the largest independent brokers in the nation, yet our local concentration keeps us accessible. Joy Simpson | | 817.881.4196 |


Humanities Texas - booth 1 

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our mission is to advance heritage, culture, and education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums, and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans. Visit our booth to learn more about grants, traveling exhibitions, and other public programs. Brandi Carnes | | 512.440.1991 | Melissa Huber | | 512.440.1991 |


keepthinking - Booth 17                                                                                                                                  

keepthinking offers innovative content and collections management software solutions, as well as design and development of web and mobile applications. We conceive beautiful interfaces, combined with solid technology and strong usability and accessibility principles, to help our customers manage and present their information and engage with their audiences. Claire Afford | | 724.822.7827 |


Lucchese - Booths 12 & 13                                                                                                        

Lucchese Boot Company is headquartered in El Paso and has been proudly handmaking boots in Texas since 1883. Crafted only with the finest leathers, unrivaled materials and a proprietary twisted cone last, Lucchese constructs boots of exceptional quality, fit, comfort and style. A Lucchese artisan bootmaker will be on-site during the conference demonstrating the art of boot making and selling a variety of items from the Lucchese collection, including mens and womens boots. Mario Vega | | 915.778.3066 |


Martin&Martin - Booth 8                                                                                                                                   

Martin&Martin Design is a comprehensive Museum Services company providing all your Installation, Transportation, Packing, Crating, Shipping, Storage, Sculpture Rigging and Mountmaking services for art and artifact collections. Additionally, we provide Architectural Lighting Design and Museum Exhibition Design services from Concept to Design to Fabrication and Installation. We are visual, three-dimensional storytellers that combine sound research and interpretive development with creative, engaging and technology-driven exhibits. Monte Martin | | 214.252.0692 |


MBA Design & Display Products - Booth 18 

MBA mila-wall is a cost effective and sustainable modular wall system ideal for changing exhibition spaces, traveling exhibits and multi-purpose areas. Flexible design, easy installation and storage. Mark Fireoved | | 800.635.7386 |


Mid-America Arts Alliance - booth 9

Mid-America Arts Alliance is committed to bringing first-class arts experiences to audiences throughout the United States through two traveling exhibition programs, ExhibitsUSA and NEH on the Road. We believe that art should extend beyond major cities, and through our traveling exhibitions, we bring traditional Bedouin artifacts and art to Little Rock, Arkansas, or photographs by indigenous American artists to Palmer, Alaska. We provide museum-quality curation, preparation, shipping and artworks to audiences that are urban and rural, remote and well connected. Sarah Garten | | 816.421.1388 | Margaret Keough | | 816.421.1388 |


Museum arts - booth 16

Our team specializes in exhibit design, fabrication, and installation. We combine exceptional talent, the latest technology, and broad industry knowledge to create exhibits that uniquely communicate our customer’s messages. We are master storytellers, and your unique message drives our creative process. Your story will be communicated in ways that WOW visitors, create a sense of anticipation and discovery, and make learning fun. We bring your story to life! Steven Finley | |  972.310.7520 | Phillip Paramore | | 214.357.5644 |


Quatrefoil associates - booth 3

We create inspiring museum experiences through collaboration and a multidisciplinary design approach. A full-service design/build firm, Quatrefoil’s capabilities include master planning and fundraising support; design services from concept through final design including graphics and detailing; content development; interactives and multimedia development, prototyping, design and production; and specialty fabrication and installation. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2019. Check out our projects at and visit us in our booth at TAM 2019 in El Paso. Michael Fetters | | 571.262.1188 |


Re:discovery software - booth 4                                                                 

With a Proficio museum and archival collections management system you will find your daily tasks are simplified, whether it’s data entry, updating, searching, reporting or researching. You can also use our Web Module to share the collection online! We are more than just a Collection Management Software company. We are a team of museum and archives professionals and top-notch software engineers. Your system will be supported and upgraded. Seamless conversions and Cloud hosting are available. Brandy Adams | | 434.975.3256 |


Southwest Solutions group - booth 21                                                                                     

Whether you are concerned about the deterioration of your collections from unnecessary exposure to light and dust, or harmful insects and rodents, we have the appropriate Museum Cabinets and Storage Solutions to properly protect your stored collections. Our wide range of museum cabinets and storage solutions include museum cabinets, art racks, and moveable compact storage shelving. Safely and efficiently store your specimens, books, manuscripts, paintings, framed artwork, garments, textiles, or heavy oversized items. Matthew Howell | | 972.250.1970 |


Texas Association of museums - booth c                                                                                   

TAM recently cleared out its bookshelves and YOU reap the benefits! Check out a variety of books for sale, buy raffle tickets, learn more about TAM membership opportunities and purchase tickets to join TAM for the El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball game on Friday night! All purchases can be made at the registration booth, once selections have been made.


The Donning Company publishers - booth 19                                                                            

The Donning Company Publishers offers research, editing, design, printing, shipping, and marketing services to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. We can locate authors or work with those chosen by our customers. For more information, please contact us at or 1-800-369-2646, ext. 3377. You may also visit our website, Ed Williams | | 615.476.8707 |


ThinkProxi - booth 6                                                                                                                   

ThinkProxi is an easily adaptable digital marketing and interactive platform with beacon technology for museums, attractions, festivals and venues, to interact with their customers by combining the latest technology with geographic landscapes. Proximity is the core of our business and the future of the physical web. Our sophisticated apps can track behavior as well as numbers of visitors, benefiting both the business and the visitor. Visitors can interact digitally with every micro-location within a museum/attraction. This type of collaboration between visitor and attraction leads to innovative opportunities to interact and understand visitors, as well as builds loyalty, repeat visits and greater spending per visitor. You can experience our product firsthand by downloading the TAM 2019 smart phone app to maximize your conference experience. If you have any questions or need support with the app, please visit our booth and one of our knowledgeable ThinkProxi team members will be ready to assist. Billy Sprague | | 727.686.0097 |


Tour-Mate Systems - booth 11                                                                                                

Tour-Mate is a leading provider of audio and multimedia interpretive solutions. From hand held audio and multimedia platforms, to mobile applications utilizing the latest technology, to group guided systems for group tours and eco-friendly outdoor solutions. Tour-Mate also creates award winning content in any language, including tours that address accessibility, so let Tour-Mate tell your story! Tour-Mate has systems installed at over 800 attractions in North America and abroad, including Museums, Historic Sites, Aquariums, Parks, Gardens, Trails and more. Roya Dostzadah | | 416.639.5654 |


Vault Fine Art Services llc - booth 14                                                                                     

Vault is stewards of high value art collections. We provide discrete full-service fine art management, including complex installations and storage. Robert Boland | | 512.917.7186 |


Visit El Paso Hospitality booth - booth b 

¡Bienvenidos! Want to know where to find the best margarita or world famous nachos in the Sun City? Need help navigating through the Convention Center? Want to know how to catch our new Streetcar up to the Entertainment District? You’ve come to the right place! Our Visitor Information Specialists will be on hand in the Visit El Paso booth to help with any questions you might have. We’ll have maps, eats & drinks guides and our newest Visitor Guide on hand to cover anything and everything El Paso. And if you lose a button or have a pesky paper cut, we’ve got you covered. Come by and see us! Diana Thornton | | 915.534.0600 |

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Museum Services Wants to Hear from You!

Museum Services is conducting a survey to better understand how we can improve the services and resources we provide to museums and other cultural service organizations. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes (less than ten) to complete the survey. We would like to know both how you currently use our services and what training and resources you would find it useful for us to provide in the future.

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Texas Library Association Annual Conference Museum & Archives Education Day

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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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