September 6-9, 2017
I AM History
Austin is a city continually redefining itself. It is the state capital, the heart of live music, and a center for technology and innovation. With the famous slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” it is no surprise that Austin embraces, even advertises, the individualistic spirit that symbolizes Texas. This spirit represents the histories, cultures, communities and ways of thinking that created one of the most diverse states in the country. I AM History embraces and celebrates the continuing journey of Austin and Texas toward diversity and inclusion. It also connects history to the present day and reminds us that history is relevant and is happening every day, everywhere.
As professionals in this field, we are the anchors, we are the visionaries, we are the bold spirits who challenge ourselves to tell the extraordinary stories of all people in all places. I AM History asks us to consider how we turn obstacles of the past into opportunities of the present. Our genuine commitment to this results in positive movement forward and prompts our communities to value museums and history. I AM History asks how we ensure that our organizations will remain relevant as our communities and their needs grow more diverse. And, it asks how each object we house, each staff member we mentor and each community we engage makes us more inclusive in the process. I AM History has transformative power; power to leverage our greatest strengths – the stories, objects and values of people.
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