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Morton Museum Wins Awards

BY Regan Hewitt

The Morton Museum of Collierville History received several awards from the Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) in March 2021! 

The TAM Awards of Excellence are presented to museums across the state for exceptional programs, projects and events held during the previous year. Awards are based on creativity, originality, resourcefulness, success, support of museum mission statements and utilization of staff and volunteers. 

Director Lydia Warren, who joined the Morton Museum in January 2020, won an Emerging Museum Professional Award of Excellence. She will also now serve as the Shelby County Representative for TAM. 

Story Time reader Susan Sullivan won an Award of Excellence in Volunteerism for her video Story Times on the museum’s Facebook page. 

The museum also won two awards for projects: one for their kid’s booklet “Make History!” and another for their 2020 social media campaign. Finally, staff member Maureen Smith won a scholarship to attend the conference.

“This year we presented 85 awards, including three awards recognizing volunteer service, six awards recognizing Emerging Museum Professionals, and our overall winner of the Past President’s Award, chosen by past presidents of TAM,” stated Tori Mason, Interpretive Programs Manager at Nashville Zoo, who serves as the chair of the TAM Awards Committee. “During a year like no other, Tennessee museums showed their creativity, resourcefulness, and ability to adapt to the times, while still providing outstanding programs and opportunities for their audiences. Our state is fortunate to have so many excellent museums and historic sites that are committed to providing exceptional exhibitions, events and educational programming for visitors to enjoy.”

Source | Town of Collierville

May/June 2021 Tour Collierville Magazine