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UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture received three awards at the Tennessee Association of Museums annual conference in Jackson, Tennessee.

The Museum Excellence Awards, presented last month, honor museums across the state for exceptional projects and events during 2014.

“We are very proud of the exhibitions, events, and educational programming that our Tennessee museums are producing,” said Adam H. Alfrey, curator of exhibitions at the East Tennessee History Center and current TAM president. “Our state is fortunate to have so many first-rate museums and historic sites that are committed to providing exceptional visitor experiences.”

In the publications category, the museum received an Award of Excellence for its 2013-14 educational programming brochure and an Award of Commendation for the booklet that accompanied the special exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork.

The publications were organized by McClung Museum Director Jeff Chapman, Museum Educator Debbie Woodiel, and Brightly Beaded curator and retired anthropology professor Michael H. Logan. They were designed by UT’s Office of Communications and Marketing.

The museum also received an Award of Commendation in the exhibitions category for the special exhibit Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Natural History Illustration from the 1500s–1800s. The exhibition was organized by McClung Museum Curator Cat Shteynberg and curatorial intern Christine Dano Johnson.

Founded in 1960 and currently composed of 109 museums and historic sites across the state, the Tennessee Association of Museums works to inform the public on the importance of understanding and preserving Tennessee’s cultural, historical, and scientific heritage.


Cat Shteynberg, (865-974-6921,

Stacy Palado (865-974-2143,