SEMC Awards honor the best in our profession, and we are grateful for this recognition from our museum colleagues across the Southeast," said Dr. Jessica Turner, Director of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. "This award showcases the careful work of our permanent exhibits to be the best in design, educational rigor, and respect of the objects and narratives placed in our care. We value the professional network created by SEMC, where our colleagues inspire us to strive toward interpreting history and culture in ways that are innovative and give meaningful and memorable experiences to the public.
The Southeastern Museums Conference is the major regional networking organization for museums and their staff in the southeastern states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A nonprofit membership association with over 1,700 members, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities and improve the interchange of ideas, information, and cooperation. For more information about SEMC visit SEMCdirect.net.
For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum visitwww.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org.
About Birthplace of Country Music Museum
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, which included the first recordings by The Carter Family (the First Family of Country Music) and Jimmie Rodgers (the Father of Country Music). Through multiple theater experiences, video and sound, text and artifacts, and technology-infused displaysalong with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community eventsthe exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive! Rotating exhibitions created in-house and by guest curators and other institutionsincluding the Smithsonianwill be featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The Museum Store features the handcrafted goods of over 50 regional juried artisans as well as a variety of museum and Bristol Sessions educational and fun items.
The museum is located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee. For more information about the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, visitwww.BirthplaceofCountryMusic.org or call 423-573-1927.