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SEMC Annual Report 2018 Southeastern Museums Conference


From the Past President As outgoing President, it is my pleasure to recap a wonderful year for SEMC. The 2018 conference in Jackson was extremely successful in terms of both program and finances, and SEMC ends the year in great financial health. Thanks again to Executive Director Susan Perry, the SEMC Council, and the Jackson Program Committee and Local Arrangements Committee for your efforts to ensure conference success. Huge thanks also to Jackson host museums for their generosity, and congratulations on the amazing work happening there. And last but certainly not least, many thanks to the generous private and corporate donors for your support of the conference, its many events, and the important scholarships you helped to fund.    On the financial side, I can also report the exciting news that SEMC has nearly reached a half-million dollars in endowment this year. This is an amazing feat and is truly significant for SEMC’s future sustainability and pursuit of innovative initiatives. Much of that funding has come from SEMC Council members and from generous member donors. As we work our way towards a million dollar balance, I hope you will all consider giving to the endowment.    Speaking of innovative initiatives, we formally launched efforts toward a new National Leadership Institute. Inspired by the success of SEMC’s JIMI program, the Institute will provide a next level training opportunity for museum leaders. A stellar cast of advisors and collaborators will ensure that our first pilot program is an excellent start. We are currently deep into the planning process, including a new bid for an IMLS grant, and look forward to reporting more soon.

Darcie MacMahon


In my time as SEMC President, I have been honored to serve such an amazing organization with such tremendous colleagues from around the Southeast. It has been a terrific year, and I especially thank Executive Director Susan Perry for her leadership and dedication. I encourage each of you to be involved at SEMC, and look forward to seeing everyone next year in Charleston!     Darcie MacMahon    Director of Exhibits & Public Programs,     Florida Museum of Natural History

From the New President The future is bright for SEMC. As an organization we are strong, growing, forward thinking and committed to inclusion of all Southeastern cultural institutions and museum professionals. The feeling is positive and hopeful and I am truly honored to serve as President for the next two years. Involvement in SEMC has been transformational to my museum career and my leadership roles continue to define who I am as a professional both within the organization and at the Gibbes Museum of Art. I whole-heartedly believe in SEMC’s ability to connect people, inspire ideas and provide networks of support and friendship among institutions and colleagues. SEMC’s training programs, conferences, committees and affinity groups are essential to career development and remind us that our individual work contributes to something larger including the preservation and promotion of all the humanities. Exciting initiatives such as the National Leadership Institute will improve and expand our efforts to train future leaders on outward skill development to better serve their communities and institutions. Planning for the National Leadership Institute is comprehensive; cultivating support to ensure the program is financially stable


Zinnia Willits

is essential. I encourage all of you to consider a gift toward this program and actively invest in SEMC’s future.    As I often state in the mid-career sessions, nobody will ever care about your professional growth as much as you do! This is your career, make the most of it and get involved! SEMC will be with you throughout (student, emerging professional, mid-career professional, senior leadership) working to unite our Southeastern museums and provide opportunities for education, technical assistance, advocacy and training. I hope in the coming years you will continue to see transparency in all aspects of SEMC and understand the many ways to become a leader in our organization and enhance your professional life! Jackson, Mississippi museums showed us an amazing display of strength, support and progress at SEMC 2018. We can’t wait to continue the conversations and forward movement of this profession during SEMC 2019 in Charleston! Together we can continue to transform myths surrounding our institutions and histories and provide spaces of calm, truth and culture. Museums matter - it’s as simple as that. I am excited to move with SEMC into the future!   Zinnia Willits    Director of Collections and Operations,    Gibbes Museum of Art


Our Mission 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.

Our Impact SEMC members, at all stages of their career, find professional support and camaraderie from the SEMC leadership and members as they deepen their knowledge of museums, strengthen their practice and skills, promote diversity, and serve SEMC fellow members in need.

Our History 1951:


SEMC was established at a meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. It was agreed that the organization should include the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,

South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. SEMC’s first task was to appoint a committee to get the Southeast included in a Congressional bill to appropriate money to provide places of

safe-keeping for museum objects in case of war. 1956:



Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia petitioned to join SEMC. The Council suggested they form their own organization, today known as the MidAtlantic Association of Museums.


Moved SEMC offices to Baton Rouge.


A full-time Executive Director and a Director of Office and Memberships services had been hired. Shortly after that, SEMC’s endowment was established to promote financial stability.


The JumpStart Program began. This program flourished during the first decade of the 21st century and is now known as the Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI), offering an eight-day intensive museum training to museum professionals with two years’ experience or more.


Moved the central offices of SEMC to Atlanta.


SEMC established a Hurricane Katrina grant fund and awarded over $500,000 to museums and museum employees affected by the storm in Mississippi and Louisiana.


SEMC established a partnership with Atlanta History Center where the SEMC office relocated.


SEMC, the five other regional museum associations, and the American Alliance of Museums completed the first National Museum Salary Survey, the only

Hosted two professional development workshops in North Carolina on museum training and historic house restoration. Hired first SEMC staff with $25,000 foundation grant to carry out further training workshops; SEMC urged the American Alliance (formerly Association) of Museums to formulate a museum accreditation program.

SEMC established a three-day annual meeting.

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Moved the central offices of SEMC to Memphis.

First five-year plan and added Arkansas to the SEMC.

1960 s :



Local arrangements and program committees were established for the annual meeting; SEMC published a directory of educational resources.

SEMC was officially incorporated; and exhibitors were added to the annual meeting.


SEMC received $41,783 in contributions (including the endowment) in FY2018.


comprehensive study of its kind for our diverse field. 2017:


SEMC, the five other regional museum associations, five state museum associations, including Florida and Virginia, and the American Alliance of Museums completed the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey. With Association of African American Museums and National Association for Interpretation, SEMC co-sponsored

NMAAHC’s Interpretation of African American History and Culture Workshop, presented in partnership with the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. N ow :

SEMC continues to create programs like JIMI, the Interpretation Workshop, and the National Museum Salary Survey to support its ongoing mission to foster professionalism and support for museum professionals.

Impact Plan In 2018, SEMC Council moved forward with initiatives in the second year of our Impact Plan, for 2017–2019.

Organizational Focus: Advance racial/ethnic diversity of its membership, including individuals, museums, and the council.

Impact: SEMC members, at all stages of their career, find professional support and camaraderie from the SEMC leadership and members as they deepen their knowledge of museums, strengthen their practice and skills, promote diversity, and serve SEMC fellow members in need.

Action Plan Focus: • Technology • Annual Gatherings • Honing Our Craft • Marketing/Communication • Inclusion


Our Past Year Highlights The year 2018 has been exciting for SEMC, which almost reached a half-million dollars at $499,304 in our Endowment Gift Campaign. SEMC continued its goal of financial stability and sustainability in fiscal year 2018 with a net of $78,505 and added $52,925 to the SEMC Reserve Fund and $25,580 to the SEMC Endowment. Thank you to those who contributed in the past year; the SEMC endowment now stands at $499,304 with recent market changes. SEMC had an awesome annual conference in Jackson with over 650 attendees. Over 70 volunteers welcomed Southeast museum professionals to Jackson. The 14 museums in Jackson hosted educational workshops, programs, off-site tours and fun evening events. In 2018 the SEMC Exhibitions, Publications and Technology Competitions had a record of 198 entries and 56 award winners. In addition to the selected four student presentations, this was the second year of Students Work in Museums (SWIM) poster


showcase. The SEMC Scholarship program offered 14 travel awards scholarships, including the Presidential scholarship, sponsored by Darcie MacMahon, the African American Museum Professional scholarship, and two scholarships for historic house museum professionals, sponsored by Historic House Museums Affinity Group (HHMAG) and John A. Woods Appraisers. Sixtysix program sessions, 9 off-site tours/workshops, and 63 Resource Expo exhibitors provided new ideas, professional expertise and best practices. This year many programs focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice: “Meaningful Interpretation” workshop, “Talking Race: The Power, Influence and Responsibility of Museum Professionals,” “The Politics of Confederate Monuments & Commemoration in the 21st Century,” “SEMC Equity & Inclusion Action Team,” “Historic Decisions: Don’t Debate, Deliberate,” “Women on the Rise,” “Interpreting Racism Today,” “Mississippi Civil Rights Rise Up: The Making of a New State Museum,” “M.L. King

and the Civil Rights Movement,” “Dealing with Difficult Histories & Changing Visitor Perception,” and “Holding Space: The Power of Social Justice Work in Museums.” SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting culminated with the keynote address by poet Natasha Trethewey, a cry for social justice through family history and memories in poetry. The Council discussed our impact and joint vision for SEMC’s future. The Jekyll Island Management Institute 2018 (JIMI) had national impact with 20 participants from nine Southeastern states and from outside our region including Maryland and Pennsylvania. Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) and a five-year partnership with the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), SEMC was pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship for two AAAM members to attend JIMI. This year South Carolina Military Museum established a scholarship in memory of Col. Ewell G. “Buddy” Sturgis, Jr. (JIMI Class of 2010). JIMI 2018 provided leadership training for a dynamic, diverse class. SEMC joined NMAAHC and AAAM in sponsorship of the 2018 NMAAHC’s Interpretation of African American History and Culture Workshop presented in partnership with the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission. In its third year, this pilot

program built upon the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) core Interpretation Certification Program. The impact was clearly illustrated by the recent cohorts from a diverse range of museums and historic sites. SEMC wants to serve members’ diverse needs and improve communications. SEMC has expanded the content of social media coverage and digital communications. We had 170 new members in 2018, for a total membership of 2,337 members, including bundled members. SEMC realizes the potential to grow our membership, and wants to provide more membership benefits and resources. In 2018 SEMC rebranded with our new logo and website www.semcdirect.net. Also in 2018 SEMC leadership focused on the organization’s impact on museum professionals. In partnership with the Association of African American Museums, we are planning and fundraising for a National Leadership Institute. We are passionate about the professional support, camaraderie, and network of SEMC, and in the past year provided more opportunities for professional learning for Southeastern museum professionals.   Susan Perry   Executive Director, SEMC



JIMI 2018 Class


Thank You to Our Conference Sponsors Gold Sponsor 1220 Exhibits, Inc. (Evening Event at the Two Mississippi Museums) Exhibit Concepts, Inc. (Evening Event at the Two Mississippi Museums)

Silver Sponsors Collector Systems (General Session/Keynote Speaker) Hilferty (Lanyards) Solid Light, Inc. (Grand Opening Reception) Bronze Sponsors Alexander Haas (Director/Trustee Luncheon) L. Carole Wharton, LLC (SEMC Council Legacy Reception) DLR Group (Director/Trustee Luncheon) Gallagher & Associates (Director/Trustee Luncheon)


HealyKohler Design (Grand Opening Reception) Monadnock Media, Inc. (Evening Event at the Two Mississippi Museums) Our Fundraising Search (Grand Opening Reception) Solomon Group (Director/Trustee Luncheon) SunTrust (Registration Table) The Design Minds (Evening Event at the Two Mississippi Museums) Travelers (Director/Trustee Luncheon) Mobile Guide Sponsors OnCell SEMC Scholarship Sponsors SEMC 2017 Silent Auction (SEMC Traveling Scholarships) Darcie MacMahon (President’s Scholarship) John A. Woods Appraisers (Historic House Museum Professional Scholarship) Historic House Museums Affinity Group (HHMAG’s Historic House Museum Professional Scholarship) SERA Sponsors Transportation Consultants International (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Willis Towers Watson (Registrars Respite co-sponsor) Past Perfect (Dan Silosky Award for Excellence in Collections Management and Registration) Gaylord (SERA member discount) Evening Event Host Museums Mississippi Museum of Art International Museum of Muslim Cultures Mississippi Civil Rights Museum & Museum of Mississippi History Old Capitol Museum Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Mississippi Children’s Museum The LeFleur Museum District The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center


Off-Site Tour/Program/Workshop Host Museums Eudora Welty House and Garden Jackson State University International Museum of Muslim Cultures Manship House Museum Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Oaks House Museum Two Mississippi Museums Oxford museums: The University of Mississippi Museum, William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, L.Q.C. Lamar House, The Burns-Belfry Museum & Multicultural Center

Thank You JIMI 2019 Sponsors Cynthia and John Lancaster, JIMI 2019 scholarship Gaylord Archival, Inc., JIMI 2019 scholarship John Kinard Scholarship Fund, in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, two JIMI 2019 scholarships Goosepen Studio & Press, JIMI newsletter


Arkansas Museum Association (AMA), JIMI 2019 scholarship for tuition/travel Mississippi Museums Association (MMA), JIMI 2019 scholarship for travel North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC), JIMI 2019 tuition scholarship South Carolina Federation of Museums (SCFM), JIMI 2019 scholarship for tuition/travel South Carolina Military Museum, 2019 scholarship in memory of Col. Ewell “Buddy” Sturgis Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship, JIMI 2019 Mary Miller, JIMI 2019 Scholarship Alabama Museums Association (AMA), JIMI 2019 scholarship Pody Gay, Elise LeCompte, and Beth Thompson, JIMI 2019 “Getting to Know You” meal George Bassi, Martha B. Jackson, JIMI 2019 wine and cheese reception Austin Bell, John Fields, Mary Hauser, Jolie Johnson, Gloriann Sanders, Gary Spencer, Sarah Tignor, Scott Warren, JIMI 2019 breakfasts Mary Agnes Beach, Mary Durusau, and Josh Heuman, JIMI 2019 pizza lunch

Thank You SEMC Members We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our mem­ber museums,   corporations, and benefactors during 2018.

Corporate Members   Business Associates Blair, Inc Bonsai Fine Arts Inc Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. Crystalizations Systems Inc. Dietl International Services

Impact Communications Keen DC, LLC Mathes Brierre Architects Printology Signs & Graphics Seibold Security, Inc Transport Consultants International


170 new members and 2,337 total members, including bundled members, in 2018.


Corporate Friends 1220 Exhibits, Inc. 22 Dragons ADM2 Exhibits & Displays, Inc Alexander Haas ANR Transport LLC Armour Systems Art Display Essentials, a 10-31 Company Artemis Fine Art Services Aurora Storage Products, Inc. Available Light Belfry Historic Consultants, Inc. Building Four Fabrication Canizaro Cawthon Davis Charlotte Van and Storage Cinebar Productions, Inc. Collector Systems, LLC. Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts Cortina Productions Cowan's Auctions Creative Arts Unlimited, Inc CultureConnect Daruma Tech Delta Designs Ltd. DLR Group dmdg2 Dorfman Museum Figures, Inc. Duncan-Parnell ECS Conservation/HF Group ERCO Lighting, Inc. Exhibit Concepts, Inc. Explus, Inc. FedEx Custom Critical Formations, Inc.

Four Colour Print Group Frina Design Gallagher & Associates Gaylord Archival Gerard Hilferty & Associates, Inc. GlavĂŠ and Holmes Architecture Goosepen Studio & Press Gunnar USA, Inc. Haizlip Studio HealyKohler Design HNOC Traveling Exhibitions Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. HW Exhibits Interactive Knowledge Lake City Creative Alliance Leslie Hindman Auctioneers ListenUp Audio Logis-Tech, INC Lord, Aeck & Sargent, Inc. Mallory Alexander International Logistics Malone Design/ Fabrication Manask & Associates MBA Design & Display Products Corporation Merlan Exhibits Method-1 Mid-America Arts Alliance/ExhibitsUSA / NEH on the Road Monadnock Media, Inc. Museum of Discovery NMHS Unlimited Film Productions Northern Light Productions OnCell OU College of Liberal Studies


Our Fundraising Search Oxford American Perkins + Will Print File, Inc. Q Media Productions, Inc. Quatrefoil Associates Riggs Ward Design Ripley Entertainment Rising Museum Board Significant Developments, LLC Skinner, Inc. Solid Light, Inc. Solomon Group Speak Creative stabaArte, Inc. Studio Displays, Inc. The Design Minds, Inc. The Donning Company Publishers, Inc. ThinkProxi Thrive Payments/Odyssey Merchant Services Tour-Mate Systems Transformit Travelers Insurance Universal Fiber Optic Lighting, LLC. U.S. Art Company VIP Transport Fine Arts Services Visit Mississippi Willis Towers Watson - Fine Art, Jewelry & Specie WSP Institutional Members A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum


African American Military History Museum Aiken County Historical Museum Alabama Department of Archives and History Albany Museum of Art Aldie Mill & Mt. Zion Historic Parks Alexandria Museum of Art Altama Museum Amelia Island Museum of History Amory Regional Museum Andrew Low House Angola Museum Anniston Museum of Natural History Apopka Historical Society, Inc Appleton Museum of Art Arkansas Arts Center Arkansas National Guard Museum Art Center Sarasota Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) Asheville Art Museum Atlanta History Center Augusta Museum of History B.B. King Museum Bailey-Matthews Shell Foundation Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia Barrington Hall/City of Roswell Georgia Bartow History Museum Beaches Museum & History Park Beaufort History Museum Beauregard-Keyes House Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Belle Meade Plantation Bertha Lee Strickland Cultural Museum Bethune-Cookman University/Bethune Foundation

Natasha Tretheway, Keynote Speaker, SEMC Annual Meeting, Jackson 2018


Annual Meeting attendance has increased 179% since 2011.


Biblical History Center Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Birmingham Museum of Art Birthplace of Country Music Museum Blowing Rock Art & History Museum Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Bob Campbell Geology Museum Booth Western Art Museum Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State University Burritt on the Mountain C.H. Nash Museum Caldwell Heritage Museum Cameron Art Museum Camp Van Dorn WWII Museum Cape Fear Museum of History and Science Capital Park Museum Carolinas Aviation Museum Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum Casemate Museum, Fort Monroe Authority Catawba Science Center Center for Puppetry Arts Charlotte Museum of History Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art Cherokee County Historical Society Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home Children's Hands on Museum Children's Museum of Oak Ridge Clark Atlanta University Art Museum Clemson University Clinton House Museum Coastal Georgia Historical Society Coastal Heritage Society Collier County Museums Columbia Museum of Art

Computer Museum of America Contemporary Arts Center Cookeville Museums Coral Gables Museum Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Cross County Museum & Archives Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Culture & Heritage Museums Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Curtiss Mansion, Inc. Customs House Museum & Cultural Center Dade Heritage Trust Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College David J. Sencer CDC Museum DeKalb History Center DeSoto County Museum Discovery Park of America, Inc. Division of State Historic Sites and Properties, NCDCR Downing Museum at Baker Arboretum Drayton Hall Dunedin Fine Art Center Earl Scruggs Center East Tennessee Historical Society Edison & Ford Winter Estates Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University Elliott Museum and The House of Refuge at Gilbert's Bar Etowah Youth Orchestras Flagler Museum Florence County Museum Florida Craft Art Florida Department of State Florida Holocaust Museum


Florida Museum of Natural History Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts Folk Pottery Museums of NE GA, Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center Fort Lauderdale History Center Fort Wayne Museum of Art Frazier History Museum Friends of Cassidy Park Museums Frist Center for the Visual Arts Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation/Imagination Place Gaston County Museum of Art & History Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia Georgia Southern University Museum Greensboro History Museum Greenville County Museum of Art Greenwood Museum Gregg Museum of Art & Design Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Hampton Roads Naval Museum Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-African Arts + Culture Henry B. Plant Museum Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses Hickory Landmarks Society Hickory Museum of Art High Museum of Art High Point Museum Historic Arkansas Museum Historic Augusta, Inc. Historic Carson House Historic Columbia Foundation Historic Edenton State Historic site Historic New Orleans Collection


Historic Oakland Foundation Historic Paris-Bourbon County/Hopewell Museum Historic Westville History Museum of Mobile HistoryMiami Horry County Museum Hunter Museum of American Art Huntington Museum of Art Huntsville Museum of Art Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami International African American Museum International Civil Rights Center & Museum International Museum of the Horse International Towing & Recovery Museum Iredell Museums Iron & Steel Museum of AL James K. Polk Home Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve Jekyll Island Museum Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at AU Kennesaw State University - Museums, Archives & Rare Books Kentucky Department of Parks Kentucky Derby Museum Kentucky Historical Society Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum, Inc. Kings Mountain Historical Museum Knoxville Museum of Art KSU: Museums, Archives & Rare Books LaGrange Art Museum Laura Plantation Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Lee Gallery, Clemson University Leepa-Rattner Museum

Liberty Hall Historic Site Lighthouse Art Center Gallery & School of Art Lightner Museum Longue Vue House and Gardens Longwood Center for the Visual Arts Louisiana Art & Science Museum Louisiana State Museum Louisiana State University Museum of Art Louisiana's Old State Capitol Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami Lowell Historical Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History Lunney House Museum Magnolia Mound Plantation Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College Man in the Sea Museum Mandarin Museum & Historical Society Maria V. Howard Arts Center Marietta Museum of History Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts Masur Museum of Art McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University Middle Tennessee State University Middleton Place Foundation Mint Museum Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience Mississippi Children's Museum Mississippi Coast Model Railroad Museum

Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Museum Division Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc. Mississippi Museum of Art Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Mobile Museum of Art MOCA Jacksonville Modernism Museum Mount Dora Mooresville Public Library Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage Morris Museum of Art Morse Museum of American Art Mosaic Templars Cultural Muscarelle Museum of Art Museum Center at 5ive Points Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University Museum of Art - DeLand Museum of Arts & Sciences Museum of Design Atlanta Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Florida History Museum of Science & History Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience Museums of Tusculum College M.W. Warner Transportation Museum National Civil Rights Museum National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the Marine Corps National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force National Sporting Library & Museum



National World War II Museum Nevada County Depot & Museum Newcomb Art Museum North Carolina Museum of History Northeast Georgia History Center Oak Alley Foundation Office of Historic Alexandria Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art Okefenokee Heritage Center Old State House Museum Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center Orange County Regional History Center Orlando Museum of Art Osceola County Historical Society Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Paul W. Bryant Museum Pendleton District Commission Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum Pensacola Museum of Art, UWF Historic Trust Pinellas County Historical Society/Heritage Village Polk Museum of Art Portsmouth Museums Preservation Society of Charleston President James K. Polk State Historic Site/NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Reynolda House Museum of American Art River Discovery Center Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking Rocky Mount Historical Association

Rocky Mount Museum Rowan Museum, Inc. Rural Heritage Museum/Mars Hill University Sallie Mae Ligon Museum and Archives SC Confederate Relic Room & Museum SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film SCAD Museum of Art Schiele Museum Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center South Boston - Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History South Carolina Historical Society South Carolina State Museum St. Mary’s Submarine Museum Steeplechase Museum Sumter County Museum Swope Art Museum Tampa Bay History Center Tampa Museum of Art Taubman Museum of Art Telfair Museums Tellus Science Museum Tennessee State Museum Tennessee Valley Museum of Art The Bass Museum of Art The Charleston Museum The Chrysler Museum of Art The Columbus Museum The Dixon Gallery & Gardens The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Carole Wharton and SEMC Past President David Butler at SEMC 2018 Legacy Reception, Jackson


The Guntersville Museum The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art The Mennello Museum of American Art The Museum at Mountain Home The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia The Natchez Institute- Historic Natchez Foundation The Oaks House Museum The Old Governor's Mansion/Georgia College The Old Slave Mart Museum The Parthenon The Royce J. & Caroline B. Watts Museum, West Virginia University The Selma-Dallas County Museum of History & Archives, Inc. The Speed Art Museum The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum The Wolfsonian – Florida International University The Wren's Nest Thomas County Historical Society Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello Thronateeska Heritage Center T.R.R. Cobb House Tryon Palace Tubman Museum Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection Tuskegee University U. S. Marshals Museum, Inc. U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum Union County Heritage Museum University of Alabama Museums


University of Louisville University of Mary Washington Museums University of Mississippi Museum & Historic Houses University of Richmond Museums Upcountry History Museum, Furman University UWF Historic Trust Venice Museum & Archives Vero Beach Museum of Art Virginia Beach History Museums Virginia Historical Society Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Virginia Museum of History & Culture Vulcan Park & Museum Walter Anderson Museum of Art Washington and Lee University Waterworks Visual Arts Center Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. Weatherspoon Art Museum Weems-Botts Museum West Baton Rouge Museum West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Western Carolina University Museums: Mountain Heritage Center and WCU Fine Art Museum Wetzel County Museum Whalehead in Historic Corolla Whitney Plantation Wiregrass Museum of Art Wofford College Wright Museum of World War II Yeiser Art Center Zuckerman Museum of Art

Cynthia Torp and SEMC Executive Director Susan Perry, SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting, Jackson


Southern Komfort at Two Mississippi Museums, SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting, Jackson


SEMC launched an Endowment Gift Challenge that has almost reached a half million dollars.


Thank You to Our 2018 Endowment Contributors Many thanks to our endowment contributors in 2018 for investing in the future of SEMC! The growth of SEMC’s endowment is essential to ensure that our organization will be able to provide opportunities for learning and networking for museum professionals in the Southeast.

Alexander Benitez Christine Miller Betts David Butler Sheila Cork Jamie Credle Matthew S. Davis Martha Battle Jackson Kathryn Lang Nathan Moehlmann William Paul, Jr.


Catherine McCrory Pears James G. Shepp Robert Sullivan Zinnia Willits Kristen Miller Zohn The Past Presidents Circle Members of the Past Presidents

Circle have contributed $150 annually for at least two years to the endowment fund. George Bassi Sharon Bennett David Butler Tom Butler Tamra Sindler Carboni Micheal A. Hudson

Douglas Noble Robert Rathburn Graig D. Shaak Robert Sullivan Kristin Miller Zohn The William T. and Sylvia F. Alderson Endowment Fellows Thirty members of SEMC have made commitments of distinction as Alderson Fellows. Their investment of at least $1,000 each is a significant leadership gift, reflective of a personal commitment to the professional association that has meant so much to each of them. Platinum Alderson Fellows (minimum $5,000) Sylvia F. Alderson Bob Rathburn Graig D. Shaak Nancy & Robert Sullivan

Medallion Alderson Fellows (minimum $2,500) George Bassi Sharon Bennett David Butler Tamra Sindler Carboni Martha Battle Jackson Pamela Meister Richard Waterhouse Alderson Fellows (minimum $1,000) T. Patrick Brennan Michael Brothers W. James Burns William U. Eiland Horace Harmon Brian Hicks Pamela Hisey Micheal Hudson Kathleen Hutton Rick Jackson Andrew Ladis John Lancaster Elise LeCompte Allyn Lord Michael Anne Lynn R. Andrew Maass Darcie MacMahon Robin Seage Person Steve Rucker

Heather Marie Wells Kristin Miller Zohn The Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship Fund Established in 2009 to honor Pete LaPaglia’s dedication to the museum field and recognize his inspirational leadership of SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute, this fund helps endow an annual JIMI scholarship. The year 2018 marked JIMI’s 18th anniversary, and the fund has reached over $28,536. Elise V. LeCompte Nathan Moehlmann Other SEMC Contributions These funds contributed to the annual meeting, JIMI, membership, or general operating funds for SEMC. George Bassi (JIMI) Mary Agnes Beach (JIMI)


Austin Bell (JIMI) Sharon Bennett (JIMI) Aaron Berger (JIMI) Jamie Credle (JIMI) Mary Durusau (JIMI) John Fields (JIMI) James Gardner (JIMI) Pody Gay (JIMI) Mary Hauser (JIMI) Joshua Heuman (JIMI) Martha Battle Jackson (Annual Meeting & JIMI) Jolie Johnson (JIMI) John S. Lancaster (JIMI) Elise LeCompte (JIMI) Deborah Mack (JIMI) Pam Meister (Annual Meeting & JIMI) Mary Miller (JIMI) Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (Annual Meeting) Mississippi Museum of Art (Annual Meeting) National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution (JIMI) Keith Post (JIMI) Gloria Sanders (JIMI) Gary Spencer (JIMI) Beth Thompson (JIMI) Sarah Tignor (JIMI) Michael Scott Warren (JIMI)


The Leadership Institute Fund SEMC is raising funds to plan and pilot the National Leadership Institute in 2020. Glenna Barlow David Butler Julie Harris Elise LeCompte Deborah Lynn Mack L. Carole Wharton, LLC Zinnia Willits

Thank You Volunteers SEMC wants to express our deepest gratitude to our volunteers who contributed countless hours in 2018. A special thanks goes to SEMC leadership – Officers, Council Directors, and committees. SEMC has a record number of volunteers at SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting in Jackson. Annual conference, JIMI, and other SEMC programming would not be possible without your help. Thanks to all for your time!

The SEMC 2018 Annual Meeting in Jackson had a record 70+ volunteers.


SEMC Officers, Directors, and Staff 2018 Officers President   (through October 2018) Darcie MacMahon Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL President (beginning October 2018) Zinnia Willits Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

Vice President (beginning October 2018) Heather Marie Wells Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR Secretary (through October 2018) Robin Seage Person Historic Jefferson College, Washington, MS Secretary (beginning October 2018) Deitrah Taylor Milledgeville, GA


Treasurer Robin Reed Fort Monroe Casemate, Fort Monroe, VA Past President (through October 2018) David Butler Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Directors Glenna Barlow Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Alexander Benitez Moundville Archaeological Park, The University of Alabama, Moundville, AL

Calinda Lee (beginning October 2018) Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA


Kyle Bryner Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA

Deborah Mack Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.

Manager of Communications and Member Services John Witek

Pody Gay (beginning October 2018) Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR Julie Harris River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY Brian Hicks Hernando, MS Jenny Lamb (through October 2018) Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Murfreesboro, TN

Rosalind Martin (beginning October 2018) Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN Catherine Pears Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA

Executive Director Susan S. Perry

SEMC P.O. Box 550746 Atlanta, GA 30355-3246 Phone: 404.814.2048 Website: www.SEMCdirect.net Email: membershipservices@ SEMCdirect.net Design: Nathan Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press

Michael Scott Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site, Beech, SC

Elise LeCompte Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL


A Snapshot of SEMC’s Reach Conference 2018 Attendees: 650 JIMI 2018 Participants: 20 Southeast Museums Advocacy   Day Participants: 100

Facebook Followers: 1,361 Twitter Followers: 1,898 LinkedIn Members: 1,261 SEMC Website Page Views: 182,205; 34,894 users

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Statement of Financial Position

You can support SEMC general operations, the SEMC Endowment, the Peter S. LaPaglia

FY2018* FY2017* Assets Cash & cash equivalents $290,359 $250,328 Investments $462,186 $389,953 Receivables/Prepaid $9,880 $35,285 Total Assets $762,425 $676,116 Liabilities & Fund Equity Liabilities $64,994 $70,436 Fund Equity $697,431 $605,680 Total Liabilities & Fund Equity $762,425 $676,116 *Note FY2018 is July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

How Does SEMC Spend Your Money?

Scholarship Fund (supports JIMI tuition scholarships), Legacy Society (Planned Giving) or other activities by donating online at www.SEMCdirect.net. SEMC has created the Legacy Society to recognize the generosity of individuals who have included the Southeastern Museums Conference in their wills or estate plans. Your planned gift will make a difference in the services of SEMC and the future development of our profession. For more information, please refer to the Legacy Society brochure at www.SEMCdirect.net.

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SEMC Annual Report 2018  

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)

SEMC Annual Report 2018  

Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)