The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the History Museum at the Castle is among the 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Executive Director of the History Museum at the Castle Matt Carpenter said, “We are honored to be a finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and proud to share this recognition with our community partners. Such a prestigious award affirms the important work we have done and further validates the histories of the under-represented citizens whose experiences and cooperation made these exhibits possible.”
The History Museum at the Castle is being recognized for its efforts to highlight three important, yet often overlooked, segments of the local community: African Americans, the homeless, and those with mental illnesses. The museum created a “pop-up exhibit” on African American history titled A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities. Another exhibit, (In)Visible: Homelessness in Appleton, challenges the community to address issues that hinder at-risk individuals and families from achieving self-sufficiency. Finally, the museum’s current exhibition, Asylum: Out of the Shadows, provides an unprecedented look at the history of the Outagamie County Asylum for the Chronic Insane.
The History Museum at the Castle will be featured on the IMLS Facebook and Twitter accounts April 3. IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the History Museum to share their story on social media using #ShareYourStory and #IMLSmedals. To participate visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS or www.twitter.com/us_imls and tag the History Museum (@myhistorymuseum) when posting your memory. 2
National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal Ceremony on May 24 in Washington, D.C.
To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit the IMLS website.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the History Museum at the Castle
The History Museum’s mission is to inspire appreciation for the local history of Appleton and the Fox Valley. For more information about admission prices, museum hours, and accessibility visit the History visit, www.myhistorymuseum.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.