Awards of Excellence were presented to the museum in the following categories:
- Special event — “Narrative Artwork: Storytelling in Comic Books” exhibit and accompanying concert by the Good Dream Academy
- Permanent Exhibit — “American the Free: Uncle Sam Wants You”
- Webpage — “USS Ware: Final Home Port”
n Volunteerism — Matt LaFrance was recognized for his extensive service, including assistance with events, exhibits, and maintenance.
- Special Recognition — The Museum Guild, led in 2011 by President Clarice Baggett, was honored for its dedicated service to the museum, including the Trash and Treasure and Holiday House fundraising events.
An Award of Commendation in the Temporary Exhibit category was given for “Decades of Decadence: Weddings through the Ages.”
The museum was selected for these honors from among institutions across the state. A team of museum professionals and TAM board members evaluated nominees against museums of comparable budgets when determining Award of Excellence winners. The awards were presented at a gala dinner held in Memphis, where Museum Executive Director Ashley Rush and curator Lisa Chastain accepted the awards on behalf of the museum.
“I’m so proud of the incredible work being done by staff and volunteers at the Living Heritage Museum,” said Rush. “To be identified as the best of the best among museums across the state is such an honor.”
Founded in 1982, the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
The Museum is a private, nonprofit organization housing more than 9,000 artifacts in 30 permanent exhibits representing the culture and history of Southeast Tennessee from the 1700s to 1940s. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.