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Annual Conference — Museums: The (Fill in the Blank) Frontier

The 2023 Georgia Association of Museums Annual Conference in Carterville, Georgia is scheduled for January 18–20, 2023. We're back to the traditional (pre-COVID) third week in January! More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available.

As Georgia museums emerge from the pandemic and return to long-range planning, the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel has become more expansive. Institutions are grappling with the aftermath of dramatic shifts in programming, exhibitions, and operations. Staff, board members, and volunteers are also considering how to address a host of thorny issues – racial justice, climate change, political turmoil, the nature of democracy, and other concerns – in a time when tensions are high and work/life balance feels increasingly elusive. As we move forward, the horizons before us are full of frontiers both exciting and challenging.

The frontier is one of the most central and complicated tenets of American identity. Historian Frederick Jackson Turner believed that the frontier and (white, male) citizens' ability to tame it was key to the United States' spirit and success. For many others, especially Indigenous and Latine populations, the idea of the frontier, or "la frontera," evokes more complicated considerations. The museums of Cartersville, Georgia, interpret many different types of frontiers: the transformation of northwest Georgia with the simultaneous forced Removal of Cherokee peoples, settlement of Euro-American farmers, and enslavement of African Americans; scenes of American westward expansion; the transportation revolution of the automobile; and the wide-open expanses of space, the classic final frontier.

In our own way, each of us is contemplating the frontiers of our lives and profession. The 2023 GAM Conference will feature sessions and workshops that "fill in the blank" to explore many different frontiers and topics.

Conference sessions and workshops will be held at the:
Clarence Brown Conference Center
5450 State Route 20
Cartersville, GA 30121

The Conference Hotel will be:
Courtyard by Marriott Cartersville
5460 Highway 20
Cartersville, GA 30121

Click the link above to receive GAM rate of $104.00 to $109.00 per night plus taxes and fees. Thursday, December 22 is the last day to take advantage of the group room rate.

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