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McLean County Museum of History in Top 3.3% of the Country Awarded Re- Accreditation from American Alliance of Museums
Contributed By: Jeff Woodard
McLean County Museum of History in Top
3.3% of the Country Awarded Re-Accreditation from the
American Alliance of Museums
BLOOMINGTON, IL (11/28/2022) -– The McLean County Museum
of History has, once again, received the highest national recognition afforded
the nation's museums: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.
Of the nation's estimated 33,000 museums, just over 1,080,
or 3.3%, are accredited. Alliance Accreditation recognizes museums for their
commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and
continued institutional improvement.
"We are thrilled to be recognized by AAM as a museum
of excellence," said Norris Porter, Acting Executive Director. "This
accreditation acknowledges the excellence of our staff, whose tireless efforts
ensure that the Museum's exhibitions, programs, outreach, and communications
give voice to the diverse stories of the people of McLean County. We are
grateful for Executive Director Julie Emig's leadership. We are also thankful
for our community, partners, and elected officials who participated in the
reaccreditation process and helped demonstrate the central role of the Museum in
Accreditation is a rigorous but enriching process that
examines all aspects of a museum's operations. To earn accreditation, a museum
must conduct a year of self-study and undergo a site visit by a team of peer
reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body
of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report
to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.
Accredited museums must undergo a review every ten years
to maintain accredited status. The McLean County Museum of History initially
earned accreditation in 1984 and has undergone two other reviews.
"Accredited museums are a community of institutions
that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,"
says Laura L. Lott, Alliance President and CEO. "Accreditation is clearly
a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities
they serve can be extremely proud."
Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 50 years,
the American Alliance of Museum's accreditation program is the field's primary
vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It
strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to
make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and
ethically accountable to provide the best possible service to the public.
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums
together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering
and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the
entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum
professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the
museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.
For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.
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The McLean County Museum of
History traces its roots back to 1892 when the McLean County Historical Society
was founded. We are a nationally accredited award-winning museum on a mission
to preserve, educate, and collaborate in sharing the diverse stories of the
people of McLean County. To learn more, please visit mchistory.org.
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