The Rutherford County Archaeological Society is excited to host a special presentation for our upcoming meeting, Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 pm at the Oaklands Mansion event room. Doors open at 12:30. Our meetings are free and open to the public, and we hope you are able to join us.
Our special guest speaker is Macie Orrand, M.A., Collections Manager for the Tennessee Division of Archaeology, who will be presenting “Guardians of Antiquity: The Care and Management of Archaeological Collections. Macie is an MTSU alumna with a B. S. in Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology from Georgia State University along with Museum Anthropology certification.
In her own words: My presentation will highlight the importance of collections care and the responsibility and roles of collection managers and archaeologists to ensure that archaeological collections are available for generations to come. Curation is often an afterthought but is arguably the most valuable process within the field! I will discuss collections care and all that goes in to it, including logistics and planning of everyday tasks like policy writing, processing and procedures, repository maintenance, and emergency management planning. I will also discuss my development of the TN Collections Management Community of Practice (COP) group and how I hope to expand communication among collection managers across the state. Finally, I will provide insight into the knowledge I’ve gained over the past months working with other curators from institutions and agencies all over the southeast and what I envision for the future of archaeological collections care work.