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McClung Museum Earns Fifth Accreditation; One of 13 in State

Newspaper article News Sentinel

McClung Museum Earns Fifth Accreditation; One of 13 in State

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The University of Tennessee's Frank H. McClung Museum has received its fifth accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

There are more than 160 museums in the state of Tennessee. The McClung is one of only 13 that are accredited by the AAM. Its accreditation also puts it in the top four percent of museums nationwide. The other Knoxville accredited museum is the Knoxville Museum of Art. In the United States 775 of the estimated 17,500 museums are accredited.

The museum opened in 1963. It was first accredited in 1972 and has maintained that distinction since. The accreditation process is voluntary for an institution and happens every 10 years.

"The message I want to send to the community is 'Hey, you have got a really important, fine jewel of a museum here in Knoxville, and it is being recognized nationally for its quality,' " said McClung Museum Director Jeff Chapman. "We are one of 13 in the state of Tennessee, and I think that is quite an honor."

The detailed accreditation process requires a year of self- study.

See MCCLUNG, 12E

The stack of three-ring binders holding information from that self-study and about the museum that was sent to the AAM "was two feet, three feet high," said Chapman. …

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