Knoxville, TN  — Registration is now open for the Southeastern Museum Conference’s Annual Meeting Appalachian Renaissance:  Renewing Traditions, Rethinking Approaches.  The meeting will take place October 20-22, 2014, at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, Tennessee.  Registrants will observe authentic Appalachian culture, experience the area’s rich Civil War heritage, visit numerous historic properties and view progressive new artwork all within the bustling city of Knoxville, an urban area within reach of Mother Nature.

Appalachian Renaissance:  Renewing Traditions, Rethinking Approaches, will feature over 60 sessions and workshops on topics relevant to today’s museum professionals from exploring new technologies to surviving a mid-career crisis.  The Resource Expo will feature more than 62 exhibitors sharing information and museum related products.   Evening events at the Knoxville Museum of Art, The Sunsphere, Historic Westwood, East Tennessee History Center, and the historic Tennessee Theatre will delight and engage participants while providing valuable networking opportunities.

This year’s keynote address “Museums of Scale” comes from Michael Edson, Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.  Edson will speak on the opportunities presented to museums in the digital age.  In addition to this wonderful address, the 2014 SEMC conference will also feature a silent auction, current museum research highlights, a technology showcase, competitions for publications and exhibitions, and awards for outstanding professionals.  

Don’t miss out on this fun professional opportunity! Registration can be completed at or by mail.  Registration discounts are available for students and Tennessee Association of Museums (TAM) members.  More information is available at or by phone at 404-378-3153.  Separate registration for evening events is required.

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is a networking organization that serves to foster professionalism, mutual support, and communication.  A non-profit membership association, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information, and cooperation.